This is our solution to providing a sustainable off-grid computer laboratory, using Raspberry Pis to deliver educational resources.
The SolarBerry has been designed to tackle the problem that so many rural areas in Africa do not have access to electricity. Statistics from the World Bank showed that in 2014 only 18% of rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity. This is despite the evidence that electrification not only allows access to ICT, but also results in better school performance, improved teacher recruitment and retention and community benefit. You can see a 3D representation of a SolarBerry below.
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Our design features the use of low energy Raspberry Pis and other equipment to ensure that there is enough solar power to allow the computers to be used throughout the school day, but also to ensure that there is power left over for the local community to use (for example to charge mobile phones). The goal is to generate an income that will make the project financially viable and sustainable in the long-term.
Sponsorship of a SolarBerry of £25,000 includes:
- purchase of the container
- refurbishment of the container in Africa
- purchase of Raspberry Pis, low energy monitors and a low energy projector
- transport and set up costs in country
- training of local teachers to use the resources effectively
- ongoing support and maintenance
Your sponsorship will be recognised with a plaque in the SolarBerry, a set of photos of the SolarBerry that you have sponsored, a certificate of recognition and annual feedback on the project.
If you would like to get involved please contact us.