A group of Christian Heritage School students will spend 11 days in Swaziland in southern Africa installing a wind turbine to generate electricity for a village of about 500 in Siteki, and designing other turbines.
A wind turbine converts kinetic energy from the wind into electrical power.
The students Kameron Hawkins, Darryn Pasqua, Seth Hutchinson, Luke Burdette, Kirsten Shultz and Heath Hardaway will leave on March 3, departing from Atlanta on a 9 a.m. flight to Washington, D.C., then get on a flight to Africa. Once they get to Africa there is another six hours to get to Swaziland. The total trip is expected to take 17 hours.
The Winds of Hope Team has been working on the project all school year.
Hawkins, the team leader, said the group researched the best way to solve the electricity problem in Swaziland.
We decided on a wind turbine and began looking at designs on the Internet, he said. We really put our ideas together and it all worked out.
The turbine took three weeks to complete.
The group will stay at the home of Ryan and Anna Carmichael, founders of One Heart Africa, a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing sustainable change to rural areas of Africa that ...