BOAD supports solar project in SOS Children’s Villages in Togo

dsc_4130Lomé, 16 March 2016. The West African Development Bank (BOAD), represented by its Communication Director, Mr. Saïdou Ouedraogo, has officially handed over solar energy facilities to two family houses at the SOS Children’s Villages in Lomé, Togo. This is in response to requests by the organization to enhance the energy self-sufficiency of its facilities.

BOAD provided XOF19.8 million for the purchase of solar panels and other accessories, as well as installation works and training of staff in solar system maintenance. These facilities will help improve the living conditions of the young boarders at the SOS Children’s Villages in Lomé, and ensure substantial energy savings.

Mr. Saidou Ouedraogo in his address stated that “Apart from financing development projects (roads, agricultural facilities, telecommunications or energy infrastructure, etc…), BOAD supports projects initiated by organizations for the benefit of the deprived in society. Supporting the energy self-sufficiency of facilities at the SOS Children’s Villages was therefore consistent with the Bank’s agenda”.

This support is in line with the Bank’s social and environmental responsibility, as contained in its 2015-2019 environmental and climate policy. As part of its agenda aimed at promote renewable energy, BOAD stands ready to provide grants and loans for solar energy projects in its member countries.

Mr. Guy Bangana, Programme Director at the SOS Children’s Villages in Togo, was of the view that “BOAD has shown recognition for his organisation’s mission and vision, by providing the solar energy equipment to the two family houses”. He also thanked, on behalf of the children, BOAD for its support and pledged to make good use of the facilities. ,

SOS Children’s Villages is a non-governmental organization established in Togo since 1979. Its mission is to provide shelter for children in difficulty, particularly orphans, abandoned children and those without parental care. It has eleven (11) family houses across three regions (Lomé, Kara and Dapaong) providing shelter for over 300 children.

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