I have travelled to 25 countries in 6 different continents. I’ve seen rich and poor. But never before this week had I been so far away from civilization as we know it. We all take electricity for granted. Even those of us who live where it is irregular – irregular electricity is a huge step up from NO electricity. Here in Lunda province of Zambia, near the Angola and Congo borders there is a hospital and school that have been here for decades. Just this year, a hydro station was opened here which services the hospital. The lines are still being built to the school, and the grid is still being built to provide lines to some of the villages. Most people here live in a mud brick hut with a thatched roof. A few have tin roofs – which I believe is a requirement for the government to allow them to have electricity. The hospital, where I am staying, for many years was running on generators, having a huge diesel bill and electricity just 3 hours a day.

Sakeji School which I visited has had 24 hour power for a number of years thanks to some very clever inventions and having every little bit of electricity on timers. Peak hours for lights, the freezers and fridges go off etc. They have a small turbine, a water wheel, two diesel generators, solar panels and large storage battery cells. Check out the image gallery to see the means they have gone to for what we consider a basic utility – electricity. Now stop and consider how much of your life right now is dependent upon electricity. I think Darryl Kerrigan from The Castle was right to stand and gaze at the power lines in wonder at the technology of modern man.