I envision a continent fully liberated from energy poverty and fully given to environmental sustainability practices. – Yetunde Fadeyi
Exactly five years ago, REES Africa (Renewable Energy & Environmental Sustainability for Africa), a youth-led non-governmental organization was founded by Yetunde Fadeyi to redefine the lifestyle of vulnerable and marginalized African communities. The mission was to provide renewable energy access and promote environmental sustainability through advocacy & actionable projects in Africa. We mark this anniversary in retrospect and with a declaration of our immutable devotion and promise to Africa and the world.
We kick-started our journey in February 2018 with the implementation of the first light-up project where 40 solar-powered systems were installed in Aba Oje, Ogundipe, and Jagun villages in Lagelu local government area of Ibadan, Nigeria. We collaborated with PUSH Foundation to provide Salpha Energy economy solar kits to empower these communities through energy access. The experience here was revolutionary and we departed with lessons and determination to execute more.
We took a step further with our Light Up Sagbokodji Island project in 2019. We installed over 57 solar panels in 5 communities of Sagbokodji, Whlakodji, Ganviekodji, Bishopkodji, and Akoponawa (tie – gate) in Sagbokodji Island, Lagos State. We were supported by our implementing partner Salpha Energy and other sponsors which include TalentCity, Amuwo Odofin LGA, British Broadcasting Service, WattCore, Ministry of Environment, Lagos State Government, and British High Commission. We changed the story in these communities from over a century’s existence in energy poverty to a new dispensation of energy empowerment and access.
In early 2020, ninety-one (91) homes and a mosque were connected to the solar micro-grid installation across Oboi, Madaki and Sarki communities in Kagarko Local Government Area, Kaduna State. This time, we utilized a more sustainable, inclusive, and beneficial upgrade of solar energy microgrids. We received financial donations from Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation (EETF), the founder, DoGood Africa, crowdfunding, KAPSCO, and other individual donations. In addition, we received inputs from the project partners — Steam, SocialGoodLagos, Nigerian Tribune, Smart Teller, WattCore Energy ltd, and Kagarko LGA
Sustainability and Literacy Drive
We understand the impact of Childhood education on sustainable development and have made efforts to fill in the existing gaps. Our sustainability and literary drive in 2021, birthed an African-themed sustainability narrative titled, “JEMIMA & THE WIND TURBINE”. This was authored by Tenn Zipa and Yetunde Fadeyi, founder of REES Africa, and is available on Amazon Kindle. We distributed copies across schools in Nigeria. We aim to inculcate this literature into the Nigerian Syllabus and we anticipate that other SDG-themed books follow suit.
Under our #BeYourEnvironmentCampaign#, We have carried out cleaning and sensitization exercises in addition to our #Walk the climate change talk#, sustainability-inclined documentary screening, school visitation across various locations and multi-stakeholder awareness programs. Our Ìsèdá project for impact investment is in the works. We provide our full support to both Government and Non-government SDG programs and projects. Our medium platform and recently our blog have consistently provided content that informs and advocates climate change, renewable energy access, and environmental sustainability issues and solution strategies.
The past five years have been evolutionary and REES Africa has been taking strategic steps to keep up with the pace. This year, we are venturing into the cryptocurrency world with our launch of the REES NFTs. Please check out our collections and kindly make an offer to support this noble course. The objective is to raise funds to facilitate our ‘Empower Africa’ project. We hope that you will support us even much more than you all have in the past.
We must express our sincere appreciation to the organizations listed above as partners and sponsors of our projects in addition to sustyvibes, Letsdoit Nigeria, Festac Online, and others. Thank you for believing in us and for partnering with us.
Thanks to our founder, board members, donors, advisors, followers, and the general public for your positive influence on REES Africa.
Our past and present volunteers who have been a part of our success story through their immeasurable contributions hold a special place in our hearts.
We have been delighted and inspired by the audience, opportunities, recognition, nominations, votes, and awards we have earned over the years.
Five years down the line, REES Africa has remained committed to its purpose. Have we hit our mark? Not yet. We are somewhat uncomfortable with our pace due to the bottlenecks we have encountered. Rather than give in to despair, we have kept our dreams alive. We are at the drawing board evolving, pursuing, and implementing new strategies, partnerships, and innovations to transform and empower Africa.
Once again, REES Africa is committed to it’s to her passions and delivery of service to Africa. Now and in the years to come, REES Africa will continue to be at the fore of Africa’s Energy transformation and empowerment. We hope that you support us to bring smiles to the faces of many more marginalized and vulnerable African communities. Cheers to the new year and to many more years of bringing love and light to Africa!
Author: Christiana Ugbem
Photo: REES Africa