Evans Wadongo is a Kenyan engineer and co-founder of Greenwize Energy and SDFA Kenya. In addition to being awarded one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes of 2010, Wadongo is on a mission to bring light to his home country.
Born in Kenya, Wadongo graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a focus in Electronic and Computer Engineering. As a student, he participated in various community initiatives including becoming a member of the Rotract Club. In 2004, he began his journey to brighten Kenya when he created a solar lamp to aid in addressing poor education, climate control, and poverty in the region.
Wadongo founded his first organization in 2006, the SDFA Kenya, a non-profit focusing on environmental, educational, and economic empowerment. The mission of SDFA is to help poor communities attain sustainable development, and in turn better their lives. By facilitating initiatives that help communities come together and provide long term solutions to the problems affecting various localities.
The team has done a wonderful job for the region, receiving many awards for their work including CNN’s Top 10 Heroes, Pan Commonwealth Youth Award, and becoming a finalist in the 2012 Humanitarian Hero Awards.
SDFA works in both Kenya and Malawi, focusing on rural areas that need support to help educate, provide resources, and aid in ongoing development. SDFA also offers alternatives to assist the initiative such as direct donations and volunteering opportunities. The initiative welcomes many from college students to retired individuals, if you are seeking to participate, you have two different programs available to you.
- The East African Volunteer Program- for East African residents
- Non East African Volunteer Program-for non East African residents
Green Wize Energy
Wadongo wasn’t satisfied with only one way to help his homeland, and through his education, training, and experiences, he launched his second company, Green Wize Energy. With the exploding solar market in Africa, Green Wize wants to focus on introducing green energy products that not only work, but beat the competitors in all areas including originality, pricing, performance, and ease of use.
Understanding that the solar energy market is ripe for the picking, Wadongo doesn’t want big business to get in the way of improving life for his fellow countrymen. Focusing on his original goals of empowerment, he hopes to challenge those same companies coming out with solar options to ensure his customers get the best of the best with socioeconomic standing in mind.
Green Wize offers a variety of solutions including:
- Renewable Energy
- Solar Solutions
- Wind Energy
Wadongo struggled as a young boy to study, telling of the poor lighting through his smoky kerosene lantern that he shared with his four older brothers. Often times, he complained about the irritation the kerosene caused to his eyes, forcing him to end his studies early and, in many cases, unable to finish, stating, “Many students fail to complete their education and remain poor partly because they don’t have good light.”
It was this personal experience that drove Wadongo to pursue a degree in electronic and computer engineering and his passion to help those in need find a better solution to their lighting needs. With a personal connection to this common problem in Kenya, Wadongo continues to innovate, support, and drive changes to the country’s standard of convenient living while offering inspiration and motivation to countless young engineers looking to grow up with a rich education. Wadongo is, oftentimes, heralded as a “hero” by his fellow Kenyans, and with such a bright future ahead of him, we can only expect to see more wonderful and exciting things from this creative and passionate individual.