This week’s #SocialImpactSaturday recognizes Akon for his efforts to bring renewable energy projects to the U.S., through his new initiative: “Akon Lighting America.” This comes four years after his “Akon Lighting Africa” program was created in 2014. The initiative saw much success in Africa, addressing the electricity concerns of nearly two thirds of the population in sub-Saharan Africa and bringing affordable solar energy to nearly 600 million people! Now, Akon hopes to launch renewable energy projects in the United States, in hopes of helping the country reach the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The project is expected to start in January of 2019.
“We are extremely proud to launch Akon Lighting America which will enable us to serve and benefit our country – The United States of America – just like we have done in Africa with our ongoing initiative, Akon Lighting Africa. We are pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response of leaders to embrace a public-private partnership that aims to address the SDGs and help them to reach specific goals by 2030. This initiative, Akon Lighting America, is given further importance and momentum based on the support of institutions such as USC Schwarzenegger Institute, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundations and more,” says Akon regarding the project. Akon has stated that he is seriously considering running for president in 2020, and this project definitely shows us that he is dedicated to serving his community, as well as the world. A true philanthropist. #socialimpact