Power to Change


Working with Congolese refugees living for protracted periods of time in Nyabiheke, Gihembe and Kigeme refugee camps in Rwanda, HEED asked the residents about their energy needs and aspirations.

Some of the concerns were around :

  • The cost of accessing power to charge a phone, light a home, and run a business
  • Reduced opportunity to work and study because of lack of lighting
  • Safety and security concerns at night

Improved access to energy in refugee camps isn’t just about providing lighting or a place to charge a phone. Solutions are required that use renewable energy to promote greater equity, autonomy and dignity and move refugees from recipients to participants in their own futures.

This video is about ways those living in the camp see improved access to energy impacting their everyday lives.

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