WILL YOU HELP ME LIGHT UP LIVES WITH SOLAR ENERGY?
Since starting Lighting Up Lives, through collaborating with partners together we have done much for the village of Abéné. In 2017 we began collecting medical and education equipment, and in 2018 we sent the first container to the village.
Thanks to my ‘Do You Speak Djembe?’ stage show, many of the village artisanal workers are now employed making the merchandising.
With my amazing team I continue to organize leadership retreats, cultural exchange programs and humanitarian trips.
But there is still much to do.
The medical centre has vital medicines in its fridge. When the electricity goes off – which is often – the precious drugs degrade and become unusable.
The 700 bright, energetic kids in the village’s only school want to learn. But too often there is no electricity.
Mostly, the school’s antiquated computers sit there, screens dark. Brilliant children cannot shine.
Yet, sadly, this lack of electricity is a way of life in Abéné, my ‘home’ village in Senegal.
Only 20% of the buildings are even wired to the patchy, expensive grid.
The children do their homework by lantern or candle. And when the wind blows, the lights go out.
You could tell this story about so many other villages in Africa and the world. It’s one reason so many Africans crowd on to unsafe, expensive migrant boats to seek a ‘better’ life.
Yet Africa is rich in natural resources. People can live well there, if we empower them to do so.
POWER THE WORLD WITH SOLAR ENERGY
We can start with Abéné. My goal is to educate the villagers about the benefits of solar energy and how it could transform their community. To train them to install solar panels (so they can then earn a living by installing panels in other villages). And to provide the equipment they need.
Working with our very trusted partners Planet Solar, I have formed Lighting Up Lives to raise the funds and do this important work.
Planet Solar’s mission is to power the world with solar energy – an ambition I share.
Bringing solar energy to Abéné will be the first step towards showing Africans that they have the natural resources to live well, and that they do not need to leave their country for that ‘better’ life.
It will be good for the planet.
WHY I CARE
It all started 20 years ago, with elephants.
I was working on a documentary about elephants for the BBC and I went looking for them across Africa.
I fell in love with this continent. In the 20 years since I’ve travelled widely in Africa. I’ve met pygmies in the rainforest in the Central African Republic and have shared time with the world’s leading elephant scientists and their local teams in Namibia, Uganda and Kenya.
One thing was constant. Most places had no electricity.
So now Africa is developing. Fast. Electricity is coming.
But I believe it is important that the villagers themselves are in control. That they learn about their own resources so that they can earn a sustainable living installing solar panels and teaching others.
Many things matter to me. My loved ones, friends, work, my dogs … but this project is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
Join me and feel it too.
BE PART OF LIGHTING UP LIVES WITH SOLAR ENERGY
Imagine having the power to change lives. You do. We all do, if we work together.
Perhaps you’re here because we know each other or we’ve worked together. Perhaps because you’ve experienced one of my Sewa Beats workshops or my Do You Speak Djembe? concert.
Or because you’re looking for something. A more rewarding way of being. Enrichment in your own life.
I’m sincerely delighted to see you, whatever the reason.
I’d like to think we can work together. Can we? Will you donate?
DID YOU KNOW?
Less than 1% of the world’s energy comes from solar power.
More than 25% of energy comes from nuclear power.
But … solar energy is increasing by 30% each year.
ABÉNÉ CAN BECOME A MODEL TO POWER VILLAGES AROUND THE WORLD WITH SOLAR ENERGY.
OTHER WAYS TO WORK WITH ME
Transformation For Leaders
Are you a CEO or manager? Then you know you have to continually develop to be the best leader you can be.I would like to welcome you to experience a life-changing moment. Join me at the Egande retreat (Egande means peace) in the village of Abéné in Senegal, West Africa.
SPEAKING & MORE
Inspiring Heart in Your Workplace
How do you want people to feel when they leave your event?
How about that they’ve freed up their own energy? Found their rhythm, harmony and connection with all in the room.
I’m a speaker who uses more than words. I use breath, space, body and music. And sometimes the odd surprise.
Beat Your Success
Where did you take your team for their last team-building? Up a mountain? To a stylish restaurant?
Next time, allow them to experience the sounds, rhythms and wisdom of Africa through a Sewa Beats workshop. Right there in the conference room – without the expensive plane tickets.
DO YOU SPEAK DJEMBE?
A Happy Marriage of Cultures
Bringing two cultures – or two businesses – together is never easy. But when we embrace differences positively and combine our expertise, we create amazing collaboration.
A Do You Speak Djembe? conference for your organisation can create harmony.