LOCATION: Thíes, Senegal | PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2015
- IEEE Benelux Section students from Catholic University
EPICS IN IEEE FUNDING: $5,000 USD
PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES
During the day, the residents of La Palabre in Thíes, Senegal are safe from further unspeakable violence. The three-building shelter accommodates 60 of the city’s most vulnerable: women and girls fleeing domestic violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, as well as children rescued from perilous lives on the streets. But despite having a kitchen, laundry and space for teaching valuable life skills, the shelter’s ability to help survivors securely heal and transition back into society often stopped short because of frequent, citywide power blackouts. Night falls at about 6 p.m. and without electricity, neither lights nor computers worked. Literally rescuing La Palabre’s residents from the fear-provoking darkness.
IEEE Benelux Section engineering Master’s and undergraduate students from Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium obtained a $5,000 EPICS in IEEE grant. They used the funds to provide a solar-powered electrical system at La Palabre for dependable and renewable energy, and also to install a solar pump so that water would continue to flow at the shelter’s water taps.