MORE THAN 30 NEW JOBS

Bokosso was the first village that “saw the light” about 1 1/2 year ago.

Upon my last visit to Bokosso (a week ago) I learned about the creation of more than thirty new jobs since the day the electricity was switched on. One is a bakery, which employs ten persons and delivers bread to Bokosso and twelve surrounding villages!

Another interesting eye-opener was all the building of new houses. In Bokosso alone more than five new houses have been built with additional being constructed. People are buying land to build on. As the Chief John Benga of Bokosso said in a television interview when switching on electricity: “Bokossso will never be the same. Houses will be built, jobs created. People will buy land and move to Bokosso.”

Chief Benga was right. Things are changing fast for the better for people in Bokosso, but not only for them. Soon development will reach the other villages in the region. People are already buying land and building new houses knowing that electricity, cable TV and Internet soon will come their way.

Prosperity and a brighter future is more than a dream. It`s a dream come true. Reality!

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MIRACLE WORKERS!

Going to the villages takes its toll on the cars. The roads are more than just bumpy; sometimes more like riverbeds. Constant repair and maintenance is the rule rather than the exception.

Last week we had to change the engines in two of the cars. The Russian truck Gaz, which has served us well for a couple of years, got its engine replaced by a Toyota Hi-Ace engine. The Land Rover also got a new engine installed. On the Gaz we also rebuilt the bed and reinforced the frame. That car takes a lot of beatings going back and forth with heavy material.

Much welding and fitting took place before the new engines were installed and the cars ready to go; all done by our own people in our simple workshop. Creative and clever. Miracle workers!

Picture showing the Land Rover and the Niva being worked on after returning from the field.

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THE 5 MILLION-NOK MILESTONE DAY

Friday was a milestone day in the history of SunErgy/2 Mites as the company successfully completed a 5 000 000 Norwegian krone or a little more than half a million Euro share capital increase.

“This is how we planned from the very start,” says Dr. Stein Skjorshammer, who started the company together with Mr. Haugen.

“The idea from the very beginning has been to take in additional capital as we continued building” Mr. Haugen and Dr. Skjorshammer informs. “So far it has worked as planned. Existing shareholders contributed the money needed to finish the next villages. We interpret this as a vote of confidence in us, the worked carried out and the vision of SunErgy/2 Mites. Actually, we could have gotten more money, but this was what we needed this time”, they concluded, thanking all who support and take an active part in the future success of companies.

“As the activity increases, we remind about the loan certificates”, Dr. Skjorshammer says. “Those who want to know more should get in touch with Mr. Knut-Arne Wendel who handles the certificates. They can do so by going to our home https://2mitescredit.org/services/ page or contacting Mr. Wendel on phone +47 915 47 047.”

 

STUDENTS OF SOLAR ENERGY

Each Summer SunErgy accepts a group of students for internship in solar energy. This year five lucky engineering students from the University of Buea got the opportunity.

The students are being trained in all aspects of solar energy including solar power generation, transmission, distribution, the solar business and the SunErgy idea and vision. They also participate actively working in “SunErgy villages”

“Education is a cornerstone for future development and growth of Africa; the same with electricity. The two walk hand in hand” says Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon and responsible for the training assisted by the Technical Director Mr. John Ngam and other staff members.

“During their three months training with us, they acquire a lot of knowledge and practical skills, which will turn them into better students, while also preparing them for the job market and future jobs,” Mr. Fohba concludes, himself a part-time engineering lecturer at the University of Buea.20160808_115412

Photo. Left to right front row: Ewo Gabriel Ojong, Library Barine, Nasumba Johnson Eboa, Ndumboh Adolforce N., Ngwa Noris.

Left to right second row: Mr. John Ngam, Technical Director, Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director, Mrs. Maria Kesam, Field Representative, Mr. Emmanuel Nkom, Administrative Director, Mrs. Grace Amoh. Finance Director.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY”

On the 15 of August we will celebrate the one-year anniversary of switching on electricity in the village of Bokosso. In addition this past year we provided the people with access to cable TV and the Internet.

Enclosed you can read how the people have experienced the past year. We named it “The peoples voice”

NEXT TWO SOLAR CONTAINERS RELEASED ON RECORD TIME

We are hard at work electrifying villages enabling people to escape poverty, moving into a better and brighter future.

Yesterday (June 2) two solar containers were released from the harbor in Douala on record time. First time we shipped containers to Cameroon, we struggled for six months to have the containers released. This time it took only four weeks. Real progress.

One may look for the reasons are behind this “real progress”. It could be a combination of several factors. One is that things are improving and moving forward in Cameroon, which is great and encouraging for future developments. The second (and for sure), we have also learned a thing or two about shipping containers to Cameron and having them released without any major hick-ups or delays. Both important. Time for celebration! Soon more families will have access to electricity, moving out of darkness to a brighter and more prosperous future.

Enclosed are some pictures showing the containers arriving our HQ and lifted off the trucks and some of the employees celebrating the safe, sound and speedy release of the containers.

In the containers was also school materials donated by the French company Hamelin to be distributed to schoolchildren in the villages when school starts this fall.

2500 DREAMS COMING TRUE IN KOTHO

Today (March 17) the next solar containers were loaded unto a ship destined for Cameroon and the village of Kotho. In a few months more than 500 families or 2500 people, plus schools, health centers and businesses will see an end to their nightmare, having electricity, cable TV and Internet.

Finally they access to the outside world and a real opportunity to escape poverty, moving into a brighter and better future.

Years of darkness ending! All for less than one Cameroonian beer per day! Light triumphing darkness!

It can not get much better than this?!

In Sub-Saharan there are 800 million more dreams waiting to come true. We are hard at work.

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PRESENTING SUNERGY AT TWO CONFERENCES

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.”

CAMEROON PAINTER MAX LYONGA

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"

From Max Lyonga’s series “Feelings”