The Senate Foreign Relations Committee just passed the Electrify Africa Act!
600 million Africans do not have electricity. No lights for study at night. No power to refrigerate vaccines and medicines, power incubators and x-ray machines. Toxic fumes from burning wood for heat and cooking. Link to more information: Electricy Africa Act
This will help provide power for cell phones there. This became important as we worked to address the causes of violence after the Kenyan elections in 2007 by using the Quaker Story Project to host stories of the Nandi tribe: Nandi tribal stories The Nandi can access these stories via their cell phones, which are widely available in Africa–but need ELECTRICITY!
Please urge your Congressional representatives to vote for this bill now that it has passed out of committee.