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The solar for peace initiative - guest blog by Joseph Karanja on SolarAid website
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The solar for peace initiative

Joseph Karanja (R) Presenting Solar Lamps at the Caux Dialogue on Land and Security, 2015

Joseph Karanja, who is using the solar light as a symbol of hope, has had a guest blog published on the SolarAid website, which describes Joseph as 'a solar superstar. He's using SunnyMoney solar lights as a symbol of peace between communities in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya.'

Joseph says in his blog 'Eldoret, the capital of Uasin Gishu County, once an epicentre of violence is now a beacon of unity and peace. Today, six neighbouring counties have teamed up with Uasin Gishu to form an economic block that aims to improve the living standards by maintaining peace and saving the environment. At the social level, the solar lanterns from Sunnymoney/SolarAid are a symbol of this new found unity of the entire North Rift region as it is commonly referred.

'Every day, small acts of reconciliation take place. This gives way to unequivocal commitment by individuals to love and care for each other. Their motivation comes from SolarAid's mission of eradicating the kerosene lamp by 2020. In the last six months a massive outreach has taken place, reaching out to the Executive Officers of businesses, religious leaders and even pastoralists in far fetched areas not easily accessible. There is no doubt mindsets are changing and more people have realised that the future lies in their hands.'

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