Thursday February 8, 2018
Boston Area Solar Energy Association (BASEA) is proud to announce the return of Sajed Kamal from a solar project in Zimbabwe. Sajed has sown the seeds of solar development in several regions of the world, always with an eye toward future growth, involving local communities in the enterprise. We are happy to be associated with his impactful efforts and we offer our February Forum in his honor, to share stories from this great adventure. In his own words:
"Invited by Kuhlubuka Development Trust, an organization (growing out of the United Church of Christ of Zimbabwe) with a mission to combat climate change, create jobs and promote sustainable economic development, I went to Zimbabwe as a volunteer consultant to launch a pilot solar energy project to include educational presentations and workshops, train a KDT Solar Energy Team, and lay a foundation for the project's future expansion. Traveling deep into the rural heart of Zimbabwe, the team installed solar PV systems at a village hospital, a primary school, and four village homes. I also conducted a solar cooker demonstration/workshop and shared a delicious solar-cooked spiced rice dish with a group of villagers and project folks!
My hosts took me for sightseeing tours to mingle among some fellow creatures (from a safe distance), visit ruins turned national monuments (testifying to the country's glorious past) and stand under gigantic balancing rocks, the geophysical explanation of which remains a mystery."
Come to the February BASEA Forum for a visual tour of the lush, mountainous, fertile and expansive landscapes of Zimbabwe. Be inspired by what can be achieved-and how quickly-when a handful of people, distanced by geography and with limited resources, but united by a vision of a compassionate, sustainable and peaceable world for all, come together. Marvel at safe encounters with Leo the Lion, the hissing Black Mamba, curious baboons, munching giraffes, a friendly herd of zebras, and more! All ages welcome.