100&Change: 2021

Mending Broken Lives Through Clean Energy Solutions

University of Waterloo

Provide affordable, equitable and sustainable access to energy services to 500,000+ individuals in refugee camps and proximate ‘educational-health- water’ facilities using local renewable resources.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Climate Change & Environment
Current Work Location(s):
  • Garissa, Kenya
  • Northern Region, Uganda
  • Somali Region, Ethiopia
  • Province du Nord-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Rakhine State, Myanmar
Priority Population(s):
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Homeless people
  • Extremely poor people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 7. Affordable and clean energy
  • 13. Climate action

Executive Summary

Lack of access to energy feeds a vicious cycle of poverty. Accelerated deployment of clean distributed energy solutions, on massive scale, to reach the billion+ with no access, is our ambition. Our proposal brings hope to the “broken” lives of the dispossessed and the disenfranchised. At its core, we provide reliable energy services to touch half a million lives at refugee camps in Eastern Africa. ‘Off-grid’ energy solutions will deliver clean, renewable energy for electricity, clean water, sanitation, cooking and support to educational and health facilities. Our comprehensive technical plan combines reliable support of energy with community self-sufficiency and self-determination. Income for livelihood, skills development at all educational levels, learning through play and empowerment of women are all central aspects of our proposal to create a positive pathway out of humanitarian crises. Energy access is the first step: a launch pad for education and a path out of extreme poverty.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

University of Waterloo

website: https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/
Organization Headquarters
Ontario, Canada
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$500 Million to $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

Charity, fund, non-governmental organization, religious institution, school, or other entity