How to help refugees

Hi there,
I went to an event about refugees yesterday with a panel and discussion with the audience. Coming out of the discussion it seems the biggest problem refugees face here is that people don’t understand their ability to contribute to the country and, whilst we generally feel we should help, we’re often not so willing to help directly.
I was wondering what I could do to help and then realised I’d be being a bit hypocritical if I’m thinking about changing other people’s attitudes but not really doing anything myself.
We have a spare room and so I’m looking at how I can offer this to a refugee.
Does anyone have any experience of housing refugees or know where I can find out more about it?
Do let me know if you have any suggestions.
Cheers,
Simon

Success! First ever channel crossing powered directly and only by the sun

We were successful! Here’s the boat making the first crossing of the English Channel powered directly by the sun with no batteries or other power source. This was on 23 June 2014 and took 6 hours and 59 minutes.

We were raising money for Oxfam. For more information, or to sponsor Simon in this challenge, visit Just Giving.

Enjoy,

Simon

Video of AKT Solar Boat for Crossing the English Channel

Here’s a video of the solar boat. We’ll be looking to cross the English channel on this in about 2 weeks’ time (depending slightly on weather).

Simon’s been raising money for Oxfam. For more information, or to sponsor Simon in this challenge, visit Just Giving.

Enjoy,

Simon

First solar boat to attempt to cross the English Channel

This is our solar boat the “AKT Solar”. We’re planning to cross the English Channel in it in late June. This will be the first time a solar boat has crossed the English Channel powered directly by the sun (with no batteries). We’re raising money for Oxfam along the way and if you’d like to donate please visit our donation page: http://www.justgiving.com/Simon-Milward2.

AKT Solar Boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers, Jonny!

Helping businesses in Sierra Leone

Here are some pictures of AKT Solar panels generating power for houses and small businesses in Sierra Leone.

From top to bottom, left to right: 2 x AKT-100-ML panels roof-mounted; Charging batteries for other people to use; Mobile phones being charged from solar; Fridge powered by solar; Charge controllers charging multiple batteries; Lights powered by AKT Solar panels.

These kinds of applications can transform people’s opportunities in places where grid electricity is not available.

AKT Solar in Sierra Leone

Supporting the Water Tap Foundation’s work in Malawi

Delivering AKT Solar Panels for pumping drinking water in Malawi

Delivering AKT Solar Panels for pumping drinking water in Malawi

Here are some pictures of AKT Solar panels being delivered to Malawi to provide the power for pumping fresh water to rural villages.

AKT Solar was able to provide help both with the solar panels and technical assistance on how to use them.

 

 

AKT Solar Sahara Challenge

Between 22 and 30 April, Simon Milward undertook a record breaking attempt to “Solar Cycle” across the Sahara on a bike powered only by the sun (i.e. no pedalling or external power source). This blog contains updates as frequently as we were able to post them.

Simon has been raising money for Oxfam. For more information, or to sponsor Simon in this challenge, visit Just Giving. You can also track Simon’s progress via View Ranger GPS Tracking (updated 29 April 2013). The track starts in Spain but Simon set off on the solar bike in Guelmin in southern Morocco.

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