Last March, Energy Assistance took part in an evaluation mission in Bangladesh, in collaboration with Energy Assistance France and Aquassistance, which enabled the 3 associations to enjoy some very fruitful exchanges and meetings.

The main objective was to evaluate the work of Friendship, a local NGO financed, among others, by the ENGIE Foundation, focusing on several themes: small solar power plants, biogas, the potential use of medicinal plants and spirulina, water and mangrove restoration. Particular attention was also paid to women and their often crucial role in the household economy.



In addition to these technical achievements, we also appreciated the awareness-raising activities organized by the NGO in remote villages, by financing small theater groups dealing with sensitive issues such as child marriage, etc., and why not little scenes on the proper use of solar electricity.

This mission enabled us to validate the work of Friendship, a fine and inspiring organization. It also reinforced our vision of biogas as an energy solution to be developed, as we are already doing in Malawi.

Finally, we remain convinced that our volunteers still have a definite added value in areas such as solar energy and safety.

To find out more, or to take part in our future missions, please contact us!


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Last December, our colleagues Patrick D. (EA) and Gaëlle A. (EAF) went to Senegal for a multi-stage mission, with a temperature difference of almost 40°C compared to European winter temperatures.

The first stage took place in the Kaolak region, where our two volunteers were warmly welcomed by the managers of the Malem-Auder non-profit organization, which is very active in improving living conditions and in agroecology in rural areas of Senegal.

The association asked Energy Assistance to help rehabilitate a well by installing a solar pump in Medina Safa, a village of 650 inhabitants. The planned flow rate (2.5 m3/h over the course of the sun) maximizes watering, giving the best chance of a good harvest.

After checking and advising on the grounding of the panels, the installation, carried out by local partner Bonergie, was handed over and celebrated with the village elders and the women who will manage the plot.



In Hodar, our volunteers examined the solar installation at the health center, which was built in 2020 and has been suffering from malfunctions. An adaptation of this installation is currently being studied.

Their stay in the region also enabled them to visit other agricultural achievements in the villages ofNavarenne and Banghadi, or future projects, such as in Tobene.

The second phase took our volunteers to Yayem, where they gather the necessary information for a future electrification project for the school, attended by 315 pupils, and the host house.


Finally, our volunteers went to Mbour to check out the facilities at the Cajoutiers school for the deaf and hearing-impaired, built in March 2022 and in need of more satisfactory maintenance.

Many thanks to our two volunteers for this excellent Franco-Belgian collaboration and mission.

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Our volunteers have arrived in Laos for the 1st EAF mission of the year 2023.

A school electrification project with students from the Obernai high school and our partner ADV Laos.

We are now integrating a biodiversity component to our projects: this time, planting fruit trees with the villagers and setting up a nursery.


See you soon for news of the mission.

Thank you to the Engie Solutions entities that support EAF via the Mécénat de Compétence.

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In January 23, our colleagues Patrick D and Juanito R F went to Lokpo and Gbessou in Benin to receive and control the installations realized by ARESS, mandated for the realization and remotely controlled by the project manager Freddy A.

The mission was complemented by visits to 9 additional sites, 5 sites built by EA Belgium and 4 by EA France, as well as visits to potential projects (6 schools and 3 health centers) in the So-Ava region.

Patrick tells us:
“During this mission, we travelled more than 1200 km by car and more than 20 hours by canoe (a little is nice, but that much …)
During our journey, we were accompanied by Joel Kiki, member of ENGIE Benin, in charge of offering solar kits in the most remote Beninese villages, and depending on the place, some other members of ENGIE Benin joined us.

We started with the elementary school of Gbessou but we noticed several deficiencies both electrically and aesthetically, despite the follow-up via Whatsapp of the project manager Freddy A. It appears that the team was mainly composed of novices with little experience in electrical installation and we are therefore very far from the quality encountered on other projects carried out by ARESS


In Lokpo, another surprise: while we expected to find a completed site, everything was still in progress.

We therefore asked and showed the teams in place what we expected of them so that the installation would be carried out according to our criteria of safety and aesthetics, as well as how to connect certain electrical devices.
And we decided to continue our journey towards the other projects to be controlled

First stop in Cocotomey, where we checked the work requested from ARESS, following reports of recurring breakdowns. The problem was solved to the satisfaction of the beneficiaries.


We continued our journey to the Bohicon region where we visited 3 facilities built in November 2018 by our colleagues from D’EA Belgium

  • In Lokosoum, everything is in perfect working order and maintenance to the great pleasure of the beneficiaries, who asked us for the extension of two buildings that were abandoned in 2018 and recently returned to activity following the increase in the number of students attending the school.
  • In Todo, unfortunately, the solar power supply of the large multipurpose hall is completely abandoned, following the death of the contact we had on site.
  • Finally, in Saclo, the installation was still functional, but the basic project of a school-farm has been abandoned due to lack of water (a pirate connection had been made to the inverter for the connection of a pump which was too small and did not work). The solar electricity is used only for the housing of a family and we noticed a flagrant lack of maintenance of the panels, covered with a beautiful layer of sand, the lack of water undoubtedly explains that.

The next stage brought us to the north of Parakou, 420 kms from Cotonou. Boko hosts a large hospital complex, partly equipped with solar installations that could help overcome the deficiencies of the Beninese network. The beneficiary contacted us because, after the installation of the system, an error code informing of a too high load was frequently appearing on two of the three inverters. Based on our recommendations, the hospital’s electrician split the installation to connect only consumers up to 4.5 kW to reduce the load of each inverter.

We then went to the capital to visit 4 installations realized by our colleagues from EA France.

  • In Djomon, a very large school with morethan 1000 students was partially equipped with a photovoltaic installation to organize evening classes. Except for the fixing and the frame of the solar panels eaten by rust, everything is in perfect state of maintenance and functioning.
  • For the 3 other installations, the result is very disappointing: the solar installation in Allankpon does not work anymore, the batteries are swollen and the inverter has been used as a nest for ?
  • The Avrakou nursery, which was supposed to finance the operation of Ste Bibiane, is no longer functioning and has been transformed into an office.
  • In Ste Bibiane, the installation is no longer working either, both the inverter and the batteries, which have already been replaced once, are out of order.



Back on the two initial projects, we had the great satisfaction to see that the work requested was quickly executed by the “ARESS” staff who were very attentive and eager to learn!

During our visit, we noticed that the roof was not 100% waterproof and that the solar components could be flooded! This remark was quickly taken into account by the installation of a new roof.

And finally, we spent the time we had left to “size” several projects located on the lagoon in the town of Sô-ava: 6 schools from 200 to 850 students and 3 health centers.

Thank you all, and thank you to EA for having allowed us, once again, to live a very enriching human experience.”

And it is a huge thank you that we address to Patrick, Juanito and Freddy for this rich and long mission and for the time they gave for all these projects.



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In parallel to the EAF038 project, Bernard, David and Gaëlle’s team electrified the basic health center which includes a hospital, a maternity ward as well as a lodge for the mobile staff and the janitor in Ambodiharina.

An additional 24,000 villagers now benefit from a health center with lighting.

Congratulations to the whole team!


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