The Dutch Minister of International Trade and Development, Lilianne Ploumen, donated 250 solar units to groups of Namibian children living in households without electricity, which were distributed via established welfare projects and NGOs. The Dutch designed Waka Waka solar lights and chargers aim to end energy poverty, Economist Namibia reported.
The donations came in line with Ploumen’s visit to Orange Babies Pappa centre in Otjomuise to launch a pilot study for the introduction of the Dutch Waka Waka products.
The pilot phase was aimed at assessing whether the units are accepted, valued, and used in local communities, which currently do not have access to electricity grid, according to All Africa.
The Namibia Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2009/2010 revealed that only 42% of Namibian households used electricity for lighting at home and 38% relied on candles.