The goal of Mesics is to engage in small scale projects in Kenya, Benin, Togo, Uganda and Ivory Coast, which stimulate self-reliance in mental and physical health. Mesics works in each country with local partners and works from the needs and priorities formulated by the local partners for already 17 years.
Mesics has been working with these partners. Financial self-reliance is most important. Mesics tries to achieve this by putting the local people in their own power. Mesics develops projects in micro financing, income generating, education, health and women’s groups. Self-reliance, income generating and thus sustainability are keywords.
Real independence comes from being able to be self-reliant, taking own responsibility for income generating and health. Energy dependence is a great barrier to this. Energy poverty results from inefficient, centralized energy politics and economics, based on centralized fossil fuel reserves, its exploration, production, distribution and usage. Centralized power, neither political nor economical, has no interest to invest in decentralized solar power generation by individual households, which is very well possible with solar energy.
That is why Mesics decided to promote Light Up A Village (LUAV), a very direct way to promote energy independence and self-reliance with solar energy products supported by Barefoot Power. It will enhance savings on kerosene lighting, longer hours for education and business, clean air, resulting in savings on health spending, and last but not least, no fire hazards, resulting in huge savings on reconstruction, hospital and even burial bills. Most related injuries in (East-) African hospitals are burns, caused by spilled kerosene lamps.
Light Up A Village in Meru, Kenya (Video)