Dov Lipman talks about the work of Innovation Africa, transforming millions of lives through providing clean water and electricity for entire villages, schools and hospitals, and ensuring that the local people take ownership of the project and maintain it.
Paul: What is Innovation Africa?
Dov: Sivan Ya’ari, an Israeli woman, nine years ago started this organisation with a very clear goal to bring electricity and water to people throughout African villages. We sit back and enjoy the most basic elements, we have electricity and we have water. There are 600 million people in Africa, 600 million who don’t have electricity, 300 million who don’t have clean water. That means limited education resources, that means minimal health services and that means no economy to speak of, no commerce at all. So Sivan had this idea of using Israeli technology, Israeli innovations and to go village by village and to provide them with these services. In nine years, in eight African countries, she has reached 162 villages, impacting the lives of over one million people who now have these most basic elements.
I always say God created the world and gave the world all the resources and now it is our job to partner together and to help tap into those resources. We have the ability to do so today using these Israeli technologies and innovations and that is exactly what we are doing.
Over one million people have been impacted, 350 thousand children have been vaccinated because they now have electricity and they now have power for refrigerators in their medical clinics. So we have accomplished a lot so far, thank God, but we have a long way to go.
Paul: These are just things we take for granted, I saw on your website it said some people had never seen a light bulb.
Dov: Exactly right, there are students studying in 2018 by kerosene lamps. You see people walking eight hours a day to try to find some kind of dirty water. This is why we have begun to use Israeli innovation and solar technology. We have water pumps to bring up clean water and we bring Israeli drip irrigations so now they have farming. By using solar panels and some other innovative elements, we have lights for their schools so they have the best teachers and they can study all day and all night. They now have medical centres which have the most basic services including electricity and that brings the greatest doctors.