Saturday, March 23, 2013
Inside USD -- Nearly 20 years ago, Mou Riiny was forced to flee his village in southern Sudan during the second Sudanese civil war and walk 500 miles to Kenya before coming to the United States. Now, he and several other University of San Diego engineering graduates have returned to install a solar power system and bring electricity to the village for the first time.
The six-kilowatt system will create a sustainable model that can be repeated for villages throughout the developing world. Electricity carries with it a world of benefits for rural communities, including the alleviation of poverty, illiteracy and opportunities for entrepreneurship. “It will power charging stations so people can charge batteries, laptops and cell phones,” said Riiny, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” who resettled in Boston, Mass., before attending USD to study electrical engineering. (Full Story)