Innovation Africa- 2017 CFEBA Cornerstone Project
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It is estimated that 23 million people in eastern Sub-Saharan Africa are facing hunger, water shortages, disease, and death as a result of drought caused by climate change. The drought has destroyed harvests and killed livestock, increasing food prices and forcing people to drink water from any available source, no matter how unclean. Many UN agencies report that, although areas of East Africa face drought cyclically, this is by far the worst in decades and point to climate change as the reason. These sources also point out that, although Africa is responsible for a mere fraction of the world’s carbon footprint, it is suffering the results of climate change at a disproportionately higher rate than other parts of the world.
Innovation: Africa’s mission is to bring Israeli innovation to remote African villages to facilitate foster economic opportunity and improved life quality for the poorest n to remote African villages to facilitate and improved life quality for the poorest communities in Sub-Saharan Africa facing suffering and displacement due to climate change-related drought. From renewable energy to agriculture to IT and more, Israel is a leader in the global innovation sector. With similar climates and natural resources, Israeli solar, water and agricultural technologies are a natural fit for Sub-Saharan Africa. Innovation: Africa (iA), a New York City-based nonprofit, shares the knowledge and expertise developed in Israel with people and communities dealing with the effects of climate change in a way that fosters deep partnership, encourages self- sufficiency, and removes the threat of environmental migration in search of food and water. iA deploys this technology to remote villages in Sub-Saharan Africa starting with the installation of solar energy panels and solar-powered water pumps that reach deep into the aquifers to deliver clean water year-round. This energy is then connected to clinics, orphanages, and schools to provide light for evening study and medical care, and powering refrigerators that store vaccines. Water tanks and climate-efficient drip irrigation systems are installed so that fresh produce is available all year, even in times of drought. Finally, local residents commit to the maintenance of the system and receive monitoring systems track system, and local iA-trained engineers respond to major repairs, if necessary.
CFEBA's 2017 Fundraising effforts will largely be focused on raising the funds needed for Innovation Africa to complete a solar water pump and drip irrigation project in a village in Uganda, which will include ensuring the ongoing monitoring of the project post-installation.
By partnering directly with communities in the installation and maintenance of Israeli innovation, they increase the capacity of these communities to not just survive, but to thrive. Their data demonstrates that, in over 100 villages in seven countries: economic opportunities abound; education levels increase; malnutrition and water-borne diseases are significantly reduced if not wiped out; villages have the infrastructure to support advanced technology in classrooms and clinics; and entire villages are strengthened as residents' quality of life improves, particularly for women and children who no longer need to spend their days searching for water. Since the founding of iA in 2008, they have provided nearly 1 million people living in regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change with the means to combat it, and we have strong evidence to show that it is not only lifesaving, but cost effective and fully sustainable.