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HOW SOLAR POWER CHANGED LIFE IN MAM RASHAN

The picture shows (from left to right) Philipp Keil, managing director of the SEZ, project partner Kevin Martani, Laurids Novak, head of project funding at the SEZ, Nele Erdmann, project manager atmosfair, and camp manager Shero Semo Juqi. The panels of the first expansion stage of the photovoltaic system can be seen in the background.

VIDEO ABOUT A PROJECT WITH ATMOSFAIR GGMBH IN THE PROVINCE OF DOHUK, FUNDED BY THE STIFTUNG DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (SEZ) WITH FUNDS FROM THE STATE OF BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG.

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The video shows how solar power has improved the lives of around 1.740 families in the Mam Rashan refugee camp in Dohuk province in northern Iraq. The photovoltaic system was funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg via the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) in collaboration with atmosfair gGmbH.

A year and a half ago, the first photovoltaic system went into operation in the Mam Rashan refugee camp in Dohuk province in northern Iraq. The state of Baden-Württemberg supported the construction of the facility in the first phase with around 400.000 euros and in a second expansion phase with 350.000 euros via the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ). This led the project together with the non-profit atmosfair gGmbH .

The 13-minute English language Video shows how solar power has changed the lives of the people in the camp. Since December 1.739, the 2018 families have had electricity around the clock for cooking, for lighting the accommodation and also for cooling in the particularly hot months. In addition, the construction and operation of the photovoltaic system created qualified jobs in the camp.

And along the way, you also learn a lot about the fate of the people who live in the Mam Rashan camp, which was built in 2015. They are Yazidi families from the Shingal Mountains who fled ISIS.

The system in Mam Rashan is said to be the first photovoltaic system in Kurdistan-Iraq.

To our project description from part 1: Energy for Mam Rashan

To our project description of part 2: Expansion of energy for Mam Rashan

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COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH DOHUK PROVINCE EXTENDED

State Minister Theresa Schopper (center) and Governor Farhad Atrushi after signing the cooperation agreement. Left in the picture is Science Minister Theresia Bauer.

“WE ARE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THE EXTENSION OF THE COOPERATION AGREEMENT,” EMPHASIZES PHILIPP KEIL, MANAGING BOARD OF THE STIFTUNG DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (SEZ).

He accompanies State Minister Theresa Schopper and Science Minister Theresia Bauer on their delegation trip to the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan-Iraq.

State Minister Schopper and the Governor of Dohuk Governorate, Farhad Atrushi, signed the cooperation agreement. This means that the humanitarian aid provided by the state of Baden-Württemberg in Dohuk will be continued. “For us, this agreement is a sign of long-term prospects,” says Philipp Keil. “And it shows the people in the region that we are fulfilling the trust they have placed in us. Only through this long-term approach can partnership and further trust grow. And this in turn is the basis of every successful project.”

The SEZ has already supported several projects in the Dohuk region with funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg. Among other things, a photovoltaic system in the Mam Rashan refugee camp.

You can find further funded projects here. 

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SOLAR POWER FOR CAMP MAM RASHAN IN DOHUK

Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ, at the opening of the photovoltaic system in Camp Mam Rashan in Dohuk, northern Iraq.

RECENTLY, THE 8.500 PEOPLE IN CAMP MAM RASHAN IN THE NORTHERN IRAQI DOHUK PROVINCE FINALLY HAVE ELECTRICITY DURING THE DAY.

This was made possible through funds from the state of Baden-Württemberg. The State Ministry provided around 400.000 euros in funding for the construction of the photovoltaic system, while around 200.000 euros came from the private sector - as donations in the form of discounted material resources and free labor.

“The project enjoys great attention in northern Iraq,” reports SEZ managing director Philipp Keil. “It is a very innovative project that contributes to significantly better care for the camp residents. And at the same time it is a good example that radiates far into the region and raises awareness among people in northern Iraq about clean energy.”

Work on the photovoltaic system at Camp Mam Rashan in Dohuk started at the end of 2017 together with the non-profit atmosfair gGmbH, which carried out the project. “atmosfair did a great job,” says Laurids Novak, who is responsible for project funding at the SEZ. “The whole thing was only possible to this extent and to this quality because we had great support on site, including from the team at Refugee Aid Essen.”

The Mam Rashan plant is designed to be easily expanded to meet a higher proportion of electricity demand. There are already considerations about this. The training of local maintenance staff and energy scouts, for example, were part of the project measures.

“For the SEZ, the photovoltaic system in Mam Rashan is an absolute pilot project. We have not yet had any other project of this size, because we normally support much smaller projects,” emphasizes Keil and adds: “In Mam Rashan, an attempt was made to provide humanitarian aid with a long-term perspective to combine perspective. And I think that was a success.” The experience with the project was very positive, everyone was willing to get involved – and “Mam Rashan is a blueprint for other camps.” The Mam Rashan camp is predominantly inhabited by Yazidi internally displaced people. In addition to the solar system for Mam Rashan, the state of Baden-Württemberg has supported other projects in Dohuk in northern Iraq. For example, a carpet factory was built on the edge of the Khanke refugee camp. Also in Khanke, a playground was built in a children's center on the edge of the camp with support from Baden-Württemberg. Other measures included the implementation of computer and English courses in collaboration with the Iraqi organization Women for Better Healthy Life (WFBH) and a pilot project to raise and fatten calves in a remote region outside Dohuk.

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