In September of 2015, world leaders met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda is an ambitious plan for eliminating poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and ensuring lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. At the core of this plan is a set of seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals that are designed to make this transformational vision of the world a reality.
A United Nations report on the status of the 2030 Agenda found that one in eight of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger, 1.1 billion people live without electricity, and water scarcity affects more than 2 billion people. The UN Report also highlights the following challenges facing the people of sub-Saharan Africa:
- More than 40 percent of people live on less than $US 1.90 a day;
- More than half of the adult population face moderate or severe food insecurity, and 36 percent of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic undernutrition resulting in stunting;
- Almost half the world’s population is at risk of malaria, and sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 89 percent of all cases; the incidence of HIV is highest in sub-Saharan Africa, with 1.5 new cases per 1,000 uninfected people;
- More than 30 percent of people do not have access to improved drinking water sources, and more than 70 percent do not have access to improved sanitation facilities; and
- Over 65 percent of the population do not have access to electricity.
There is little question that the people of sub-Saharan Africa have been disproportionately impacted by the problems the 2030 Agenda seeks to resolve.
2C Energy, through its sister non-profit company, SunHawk Energy International, has joined with Child Legacy International to develop a Sustainable Village in Malawi, Africa, consistent with the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The objective of our Sustainable Village Project is to create a repeatable road map for breaking the generational cycle of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by integrating the economic, social and environmental elements of sustainability. This holistic approach is designed to empower community members to effect lasting change in their community.
The foundation of our Sustainable Village is built on six (6) pillars of sustainable living:
1. Clean water;
2. Clean energy;
3. Proper nutrition;
4. Quality healthcare;
5. Foundational education and vocational training; and
6. Inclusive access to productive employment and sustainable economic growth.
We believe these six (6) essentials of life are fundamental to any long term, sustainable solution to the elimination of poverty in all its forms.