JAM JAR PARAFFIN LAMPS IN THE NHAMACOA LET THERE BE LIGHT!

While Google busies itself with driverless cars and Face Book wrestles with inventing a new ‘dislike’ button, thousands of people in the Nhamacoa and the rest of Mozambique struggle to light up their homes with jam jar lamps.

These are jars or bottles filled with some paraffin and with a rag for a wick.  Home-made lamps like these don’t give that much light but it helps people to lift a little darkness from their homes at night.

In the towns, thousands of people without access to electricity use charcoal to cook their food.  Obviously, this need for charcoal is infinite and one of the reasons why forests are being destroyed.

If people had proper lighting in their homes, how easy it would be for children to read and study.

If people had access to renewable energy, how easy it would be for them to start up small businesses, repairing and manufacturing things.

The planet on which we live generously gives us great and free gifts of ample sources of renewable energy but we turn a blind eye to it or, what little we do to make use of it is too costly for the ordinary person.

And so we continue to play with the invention of things that are not essential and ignore the great need of affordable renewable energy that could bring hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty – not to mention saving our valuable forests and the wonderful fauna and flora in them.

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