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URBIS FOUNDATION financially supports the activities of the Deutsch-Tansanische Partnerschaft e.V. in Tanzania and Zanzibar. The funding measures in Tanzania are aimed exclusively at the expansion and use of solar technology, in particular solar lamps and solar home systems (SHS). In this way, the foundation is implementing its goal of promoting renewable energies with particular intensity. In Tanzania, comparatively favourable conditions are to be found for this through the competence of existing national and committed international partner organisations on site (Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), Zansibar Solar Energy Association (ZASEA), North-South-Initiative of the Evangelischs Hilfswerk für Afrika (NSI)).

In the broad solar programme of the German-Tanzanian Partnership (DTP e.V.) URBIS FOUNDATION is supporting the work of volunteers in the field of renewable energies. This commitment of young Tanzanian volunteers, supported by the ‘weltwärts’ programme, makes it possible to carry out sensitisation and multiplier work for the use and maintenance of solar systems, especially in rural areas. By doing so, the foundation is continuing its long-standing commitment with which it has been involved since 2005 in the transition of the Voluntary Ecological Year to the German government's secondment programme ‘weltwärts’ in the field of solar technology of DTP e. V. (German Association for Solar Technology) in Tanzania.

From 1 September 2012, the DTP has terminated its individual financial contributions to the volunteers. Thanks to the good experience, the companies are now ready to pay the volunteers themselves. This is expected of companies due to the much better market situation.

In 2010, URBIS FOUNDATION also provided funding for the acquisition of a solar-powered back-up system and financial support for the ZASEA local solar technology network in Zanzibar. ZASEA can thus finance both part of its personnel costs and part of its education programme in the field of solar technology. In 2011, the ZASEA school programme/ "One Child One Light" started, which is supported by the Norddeutsche Stiftung für Umwelt und Entwicklung (NSU) and the URBIS FOUNDATION.

The programme's objectives are:

  • Clean, affordable light for students to learn in villages without electricity;
  • Climate protection by avoiding CO2 emissions; and
  • Future-oriented qualifications for women; and
  • Technical qualification and income for women;
  • First experiences with solar technology in families;
  • Incentives to use solar technology as a source of electricity.

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