Documentation about the possible cooperation.
ABIOLA consists of 3 non-profit NGOs. An association, a non-profit company and a foundation (this has yet to be renamed).
Here is the ABIOLA website: www.abiola.ngo
ABIOLA light portal
The ABIOLA light portal is an elaborately created Internet portal, in which aid projects, training centers and families are presented, which ABIOLA SolarKits have or should receive preferentially.
See www.abiola.ngo/lp. The documentation of all ABIOLA solar kits handed over is important for the proof of the charity and the public relations of ABIOLA.
The ABIOLA light portal has the option of making a donation for projects / families with little effort. This is even possible via PayPal. However, these donations are not decisive for ABIOLA, as ABIOLA has its own funds available in order to be able to hand over the solar kits promised in the light portal without donations. For example, ABIOLA will be able to receive 500 ABIOLA family solar kits in 2021 without external donations. In 2019 the SolarKits were donated to around 230 families. ABIOLA calls this process “Switching on a light in Africa”.
ABIOLA Family SolarKit
ABIOLA offers various SolarKits. Here is the overview: https://www.abiola.ngo/en/solarkits
For use in the slum in Nairobi and for families in buildings without power supply in villages in Kenya, we recommend the use of the ABIOLA Family SolarKit.
The different types of support from ABIOLA Familien SolarKit
1. Donation for very poor families.
Individual families are only entered in the ABIOLA LichtPortal in exceptional cases, but normally only groups with families. I am now going to show you how a group and the families of a group are related.
First go to the Abiola light portal www.abiola.ngo/lp. For example, select the „Country = Uganda“ and the type = Projects with familiy „. Then press the yellow button (right). Now you will find the project ID 58. The texts are available in English. Then click on the link „extended families“. Then you can look at all 53 widows from the project individually. All widows have now got their lamps. Then search for the country „Ghana“. Now you can find many groups with families. Now click briefly on the „Gallery“ button above. Then you only get pictures of the families and you can leaf through freely. The content (images and text) does not come from ABIOLA, but from the supervisors from the respective NGO.
- Rewards for employees of NGOs in Africa
A nice example of this is the ID 30 project. The best way to find this is to go to the advanced search and search for ID number 30. Please make sure, however, that you have set the two filters „Type“ and „Country“ back to „All“. You should also press the Gallery button. This project is about a bush clinic in Liberia. They had no light before. In the meantime they have got a turbo charter with which they can light about ten rooms. A notebook can also be operated. In addition, all 20 employees received an Abiola family solar kit. By the way, my tax advisor donated the amount 980 to this project.
Another cool tip on how you can find the ID 30 project elsewhere. You can find it via a direct url search. All you have to do is attach the ID number to our website as follows. In this example www.abiola.ngo/30. In this case you will only find the project itself. However, if you want the project with the link to the families, then you have to append the letter “f”. So www.abiola.ngo/f30
- Microcredit – installment payment for the SolarKit
This variant is currently being developed. it was suggested by a friendly NGO. They told us that many people would not have given this lamp as a present, but also did not have the money to buy the lamp from the start. Therefore, an installment payment would be ideal for these people.
In this type of project, we imagine not presenting each individual person with photos in the light portal, but only the group itself. When introducing the group, many beautiful pictures and an impressive text should be deposited. The Cameroon project ID 574 illustrates, for example, what an optimally described project can look like. See www.abiola.ngo/574 . The text in particular describes the situation at the training center perfectly.
Nairobi projects could look something like that. Our partner decides for himself how big the groups are. For ABIOLA, however, it is good if the groups are normally made up of 20-50 families.
How are the images and texts of a project entered?
The simplest form is when the NGO provides us with all images and texts of the project or the families. That would be possible by e-mail, only then that there are often problems with the data transfer. There are also special online tools such as WETransfer or similar for this purpose. This is described in more detail in blog post 22 (below). See https://www.abiola.ngo/en/22.
Experienced NGOs who often work with ABIOLA can also enter all families and projects themselves into the web-based ABIOLA light portal. It’s easy to learn. All data entered by the employee of the NGO do not go online automatically, but are activated beforehand by ABIOLA. We recommend our partners in Nairobi to enter the data themselves in the long term. We’ll be happy to do this for you to get started.
How can the ABIOLA Nairobi partnership begin?
a) Please check first which type of support you would like to choose (donation, reward or payment in installments).
b) Then please submit a suggestion by email how many groups with how many families and with what kind of support are planned with the first 200 solar kits. An example:
Donation: 4 groups of 30 families each (the families are presented with a picture)
Reward: 40 of your employees receive the SolarKit for work and home (a personal introduction is nice, but does not have to be mandatory)
Installment campaign with 30 members ( Beneficiary)
reserve. The remaining 10 SolarKits remain in the warehouse as a reserve.
c) Then the first projects / families (around half, i.e. 100 SolarKits) are created in the light portal
d) Then ABIOLA orders the SolarKits in China. The delivery time takes between 8-12 weeks. If it is urgent, it can be reached quickly later by plane, but this is more expensive
e) During this time, the remaining projects / families are entered into the ABIOLA light portal.
f) If the first 200 SolarKits have been handed over and well documented in the Licht Portal, then nothing should stand in the way of a donation of 300 additional SolarKits in 2021 for the “ABIOLA Nairobi” project.
The slum of Nairobi is very important to us. We would be very happy if many residents of the slum area would also receive a SolarKit.
Another idea for the future:
ABIOLA also had a small SolarKit in its range and currently over 1,000 of them in stock. See https://www.abiola.ngo/en/16
It is possible to make this solar kit available to a large number of slum dwellers. The power banks could be charged, for example, using 10 ABIOLA TurboChargers that are permanently placed in the slum. Each TurboCharger can charge around 50-100 power banks per day. The owner of a power bank does not have to wait for his or her power bank to be charged, but instead swaps an empty power bank for a full power bank. You decide for yourself whether the Protestant church wants to charge a small fee for this. ABIOLA does not want a fee, neither for the 1000 power banks provided, for example, nor the 10 TurboChargers, nor for charging the power banks themselves. We would like to donate all of this.
If there is enough power supply available in some places in the slum, charging can also be done very easily using our ABIOLA charging kit. See https://www.abiola.ngo/en/17
For example, with 30 charging kits, each with a USB splitter, you could charge a large number of power banks every day.
Theoretically this is: 30 charging kits x 6 USB = 180 charges within approx. 3 hours.
So you can theoretically charge up to 1000 PowerBanks within 24 hours. This will of course not be necessary, but an exchange system can easily be implemented with this method. The electricity costs resulting from charging are not too high. An example calculation can be found in this blog post: https://www.abiola.ngo/en/17
For the residents, it’s not just about being able to read something with the power bank and the small LEDs (approx. 12 hours), but also about being able to recharge your mobile phone at any time. In my opinion, this should be important for many residents of the slums. But we can only guess.
I think that wonderful projects can arise in our collaboration.
The ABIOLA team is looking forward to it.
Germany, October 19, 2020 – Christoph Köhler