The Nexans Foundation participates in the “Energy for Life Burkina” project with the Albert Schweitzer Ecological Center (CEAS, a Swiss NGO)
The "Energy for Life Burkina" project aims to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of 6 communes of Burkina Faso. In each of these 6 communes, 2 villages were selected to access a better quality of life: energy availability, increase in production capacity, improvement of people and municipalities’ incomes, etc. The aim therefore is to create jobs, help increase existing revenues, improve the quality of public services and establish a framework for sustainable development of municipalities in harmony with the environment (particularly in connection with the preservation of natural resources and the fight against deforestation).
The use of renewable energy equipment will also participate in efforts to reduce greenhouse gases emissions, which contribute to diminish the effects of climate change.
12,000 people will benefit from this project. This will be mainly active low income households in the agricultural sector. Based on their needs, techniques and technologies will be developed or adapted related to energy saving (improved stoves), production of biogas, or lighting by photovoltaic equipment installation.
It will also be a network of craftsmen whose skills will be strengthened in the field of renewable energy.
Learn more about the CEAS (Centre Ecologique Albert Schweitzer)
Established in 1980, CEAS, a Swiss NGO, innovates to offer, in Africa (Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Madagascar), technical and creative training of environmentally friendly jobs. Through this support, thousands of farmers, craftsmen and micro-entrepreneurs can build a sustainable future for their children. The CEAS is based on a wide network of expertise built with Swiss High Schools and Universities, as well as a pole of private experts.
The CEAS is focusing on four areas of activities where it has a real added value to contribute. Its projects aim to improve the living conditions of local people in ways that respect the environment. These projects include mostly two essential aspects: applied research and training. They are grouped into four categories:
• Renewable energy and crafts
• Water and waste management
• Agri-food processing
• Sustainable agriculture
More information on: http://www.ceas.ch/fr
Discover the "Energy for Life Burkina" project in 1 minute (in French only):
Also watch the testimony of the Douré solar plant manager in Burkina Faso. The latter is the result of a cooperation project carried out by the CEAS in Burkina in 2007. To view click below (in French only):