During January and February Dr. Skjorshammer presented SunErgy at two important conferences in Norway.
The first presentation was at Pareto Securities Annual Power and Renewable Conference in Oslo on January 16th. The conference gathered some 500 key investors and energy people from Scandinavia. The topic of the presentation was “OFF GRID SOLAR POWER IN AFRICA”.
The second presentation was on February 16th at the NKIU (Næringslivets Konferanse for Internasjonalisering og Utvikling 2016/ Conference for Business Internationalization and Development 2016). This conference has a long-standing tradition, held annually at Norwegian Employers Association (NHO) Head Quarters in Oslo. This is a joint arrangement between Norwegian Employers Association (NHO), Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Innovation Norway, Veiledningskontoret and NORFUND. The conference, gathered more than 400 key representatives from governments, businesses and international help organizations.
“I felt honored and privileged for being given the opportunity at these two conferences to present SunErgy and our vision” Dr. Skjorshammer says and continues, “which is to give people access to the outside world and thus enabling them to escape poverty, moving into a brighter and more prosperous future. This we do through the introduction and offering of solar power, which gives access to cable TV and Internet, entrepreneurship training and micro credit that enables community-and business development and as a result increased standard of living,” Dr. Skjorshammer says, concluding “It should also be noted that this also holds another benefit, for all of us, namely the stopping of deforestation and climate change.”
Max Lyonga is a world recognized painter, living in Buea, Cameroon and a strong supporter of the SunErgy project. “Max is an artist paining with his heart “says Dr. Skjorshammer, who is a good friend of Max Lyonga. “We actually refer to each other as brothers. Max has a clear message with strong love concern for the destitute. His philosophy is to create hope and love, pointing to a better and brighter future. Max is known far beyond Africa.
The “Norwegian group” visited Mr. Lyonga when in Cameroon, where they learned more about his painting and the history behind each of them.
Watch a video of Max Lyonga
From Max Lyonga’s series “Feelings”
During their stay in Cameroon, the Norwegian group also visited The King of Babungo Fondom, H.M. Fon Zofon III, which among other things included a visit to the museum, native dances and lunch at the Palace. “A truly wonderful and interesting day» Mr. Wendels says «the Fons hospitality and friendliness was just awesome».
H.M. Fon Zofon III, King of Babungo Fondom.
Ten people from Norway visited Cameroon during ten days in the beginning of February. «The purpose was to learn more about the SunErgy project» saidMr. Knut-Arne Wendel, who was responsible for the trip. «We had ten busy days. We went to Bokosso and had a Norwegian – Cameroon day at Bamenda University of Science and Technoloygy (BUST) in Bamenda. The visit was full of interesting experiences, truly life changing».
The Norwegians in Cameroonian national costumes in front of the SunErgy HQ.
Norwegian – Cameroon day at BUST. In middle madame Foncha, chairwoman BUST. Second from right the Chancellor, Professor Gwanfogbe. Far right V.C. Dr. Kinni.
In the beginning of January five computers were installed in the school of Bokosso after a room had been dedicated as a computer room and completely renovated both inside and outside, including installation of electricity and new tables and chairs. At the opening of the computer room, Mr. Mesumble Mchael, the principal of the school said «We are very happy to be able to teach the students using computers and having access to internet. I can hardly wait to start the classes. We are the only school in this region having computers available in the classroom». The chairman of the school board added «this is a dream come through. In June my term as chairman of the school board expires. During my many years in office, this day is what I have been yearning for. It is just fantastic and I am so happy it came through while I still was in the office».
Students at Bokosso high school participated with singing during the ceremony
The installation of the computer room
From the opening ceremony. From left: Mr. Njuba Francis (chairman of the school board), Mr. Mensumbe Michal (Principal of the school), Dr. Stein Skjorshammer (SunErgy), Mr. Benga John (Chief of Bokosso), Mr. Ngotto Amas Dibjena (Regent of Bokosso)
On the Christmas week Bokosso witnessed the building of a 15 meter high internet tower. The tower enables the people in the village to connect with the world. Everything is available- search on Google, meet friends on Facebook, communicate with family and friends on Skype. A whole new world has opened up!
Bokosso internet tower
Finally people have access to television. And they are liking it. “Almost every family have bought a television”says Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing director of SunErgy Cameroon, and continues “as soon as we bring them to the village, they are being taken. By the end of January all homes will have at least one set, some two.”
Along with switching on electric, SunErgy provided hot water kettles for boiling clean water. “It is fantastic,” one mother said “finally we can give our children clean water to drink and it is healthy. It is amazing what happens in Bokosso now that we have access to electricity. It is a dream come through.”
Happy children showing off one of the water kettles
In the beginning of December electricity was installed in the health center together with security light outside. “Now the health center is lit at night,inside and outside”, said one of the nurses. “It is fantastic to have light. It makes everything so much easier and more pleasant for both us and our patients. And besides, now we can offer better service and care. Soon we will be able to work like a real a hospital.”
Electricity being installed at the health center