A group of companies and organisations have come together to invest their time and resources to create awareness amongst the public that renewable energy is a social and essential good.
The group consists of Jumper Namibia, Namibian Youth on Renewable Energy (NAYoRE) and The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN).
“We would like to encourage the acquisition of renewable energy as a solution and highlight how Namibians could use it to make our way of living better through conservation and conversation on energy,” highlighted Andreas Elifas, the founder of Jumper Namibia.
Jumper Namibia is a digital first-person perspective video marketing platform, where clients can create cinematic informational/instructional content for them to preview, launch or showcase their products or services.
Elifas said, as a group of youth who advocate for social change and act as agents, one of the important things they want to showcase is how impacting a project can be if young people come together.
“Our collective contributions and how they align to national electrification goals and others such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 speaks volumes. Goal 7 aims at ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” shared Elifas.
“In such unprecedented times, collaboration is effective in challenging the problems we have and sparking conversations leading towards solutions.”
Namibia has some 216 000 shacks, accommodating 950 000 people who do not have access to electricity or modern energy.
Renewable energy like solar, tidal, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass energy are some ways of uplifting the lives of individuals living in informal settlements.
Important stakeholders include the NAYoRE, a non-profit youth organisation advocating for young people in the renewable energy sector and the SDFN, which is a network of housing saving schemes. SDFN aims to improve the living conditions of low-income people living in shacks, rented rooms and those without accommodation, while promoting women’s participation.
“We believe that this type of content is a convenient and an impactful way for Namibians to get informed about social issues, how to get involved and creating conversations on solutions we can implement,” noted Elifas.