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Innovation: Africa Teams Up with NBA All-star Dikembe Mutombo | Energy Access Practitioner Network

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Innovation: Africa Teams Up with NBA All-star Dikembe Mutombo

July 8, 2014

In a partnership that will help advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy For All initiative and its goal to help achieve universal energy access by 2030, NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and the UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network member Innovation: Africa have teamed up to bring clean, reliable energy to Kinshasa, the 8-time NBA all-star’s hometown and capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Together with the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, Innovation: Africa launched operations in the DRC by powering a school and a medical clinic in Bu Village outside Kinshasa that serves at least 11,000 people. “The projects in the DRC will enable doctors to treat their patients at night, and preserve life-saving medicines, and help students study in the evening without using candles and kerosene lamps, which are harmful and expensive. And they will sustain businesses such as a mobile phone charging stations, where people can pay to charge their cell phones as well as buy solar lanterns. The income will allow people to replace light bulbs and batteries and to sustain the system over time, resulting in tangible benefits to entire communities,” said Rachel Ishofsky, Managing Director, Innovation: Africa.

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