Monday, August 12, 2013

You Can Help Electrify Africa

As you know, the people living in developing countries like Africa are experiencing less than ideal conditions. The numbers are staggering – some 550 million people on the continent are without access to electricity, including 90 million children who attend schools without electricity. Energy poverty is a part of life for these individuals. Did you know that in sub-Saharan Africa, 7 out of 10 people lack access to even the most basic electricity? There has been progress made but it has not been significant enough when taking the magnitude of the situation into consideration. Energy poverty is a multifaceted problem that intersects many aspects of society. Fortunately, the US plans to lend a helping hand. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward R. Royce, House Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Eliot L. Engel, Africa Subcommittee Chairman Chris Smith, and Africa Subcommittee Ranking Member Karen Bass are introducing bi-partisan legislation to create a strategic approach to support affordable, reliable electricity in sub-Saharan Africa to unlock the potential for economic growth, job creation, improved health and education, and poverty reduction. The organization ONE is a firm supporter of Electrify Africa. ONE is making it easy for the public to get involved. Show your support by signing an online petition that will let our representatives know that it is time for a change—it is time to Electrify Africa. Click here to make a difference; it literally takes less than 30 seconds! Don’t forget to share this information with your friends and family. Your support is vital. 

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 For a more detailed description of Electrify Africa Act of 2013 click HERE

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