Agathe Mossane SAGNE

Agathe Mossane SAGNE

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Agathe Mossane SAGNE

African Coordinator

Agathe Mossane SAGNE is my name and I am a Senegalese by nationality, I come from a strong Catholic family with 7 siblings. My journey with the young catholic students (YCS) started with my admission in high school in 2000. Thus, having been responsible for my section (2003), then federal secretary in charge of training and cadets (2004), I joined YCS National Team of Senegal in 2007. From being Secretary in charge of Information, communication and documentation, I ended up being responsible for projects and programs after being in charge training at national Level. However, my first years in the national team were accompanied by active involvement with YCS at the university level. After so many years of active participation, the YCS School of life has taught me a lot, it gave me everything. All these years of commitments has allowed me to shape my personality; to learn how to accept others in their difference; to give my best for concrete action with YCS; to improve my teamwork skill and to be rigorous. I thank the Lord our God who has allowed me to discover and develop myself in this exemplary movement that focuses on accountability in action. Today my determination to serve this movement is flawless. At the Pan-African level where I am currently serving, will give me ground where I can help in addressing the challenges facing all young people in Africa. My dream is to see all the young pupils and students, without difference of race and religion, working together for a more just and humane world. If I may quote one African proverb which says: If you want to go fast walk alone, but if you want to go far, walk with others! Therefore working with others is our credo since we are intended to go far in this journey!!

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  1. This is directed to Agathe Mossane Sagne. Hi Agathe, I am writing to ask the support of IYCS/JECI for Sun24. Sun24 partners with Catholic parishes in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania to distribute solar lights to families without electricity. 120 million families in sub-Saharan Africa have no electricity. Most use crude kerosene lamps that emit toxic fumes, are a fire danger, are expensive (for fuel) and greatly contribute to climate change. - Inhaling the indoor toxic black smoke causes lung and eye problems. - Fires related to fuel lamps kill 1 million people worldwide each year. - Accidental ingestion of kerosene is the leading cause of child poisoning in the developing world. - These families live in extreme poverty and can easily spend 20% of their income on fuel for lighting. - Students with kerosene lamps have only half the study time as those with solar lamps. Each $4 solar light that we distribute replaces one filthy kerosene lamp. Below is the impact box for the 32,000 solar lights that we have distributed so far. Even without the exceptional humanitarian benefits, the climate change benefits demand the rapid acceleration of the distribution of solar lights. As one climate change expert said: “There are no magic bullets that will solve all of our greenhouse gas problems, but replacing kerosene lamps is low-hanging fruit, and we don’t have many examples of that in the climate world.” Kirk R. Smith was a member of IPCC team that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and he earned the 2009 Heinz Prize and 2012 Tyler Prize for achievements in environmental research. Please see this scholarly article on the black carbon emitted by kerosene lamps. The climate change mitigation benefit per dollar expended is almost unparalleled ($2.22 per tonne of CO2 equivalent). The model works perfectly. We donate the solar lights to the parishes in Africa. The parish priests enthusiastically distribute them to Catholic and non-Catholic families, need not creed. We are able to target the poorest, most remote regions with the greatest need. The need is almost unlimited. Sun24 has successfully completed its first phase - developing the distribution model. It now needs to expand to the point that it becomes attractive to one of the huge foundations or nonprofits. Any support of any kind that you and your members can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Kevin Kevin McLean, President Sun24 https://sun24.solar (813) 505-3340 Sun 24 Impact Box Solar lights distributed to-date (9/16) 32,000 Impact of One $4 Solar Light People benefiting 140,800 4.4 people Tonnes of emissions averted (CO2 equivalent)* 55,800 1.8 tonnes Averted miles driven by a typical American car (equivalent)* 136,000,000 4,250 miles Dollars saved by poor African families (cost of kerosene) 5,376,000 168 USD People experiencing better health (lungs and eyes) 67,200 2.1 people Extra hours of study time 16,640,000 520 hours Most calculations are from GOGLA. Calculations are for the two-year lifespan of a solar light. * For climate change impacts, GOGLA standards are increased by 2.5 because GOGLA assumes that about ⅔ of the displaced kerosene lamps are hurricane style lamps. We distribute in the poorest, most remote areas where crude simple-wick lamps are used almost exclusively. Simple-wick lamps are over ten times more polluting than hurricane lamps.
    • IYCS Admin
      Dear Kelvin McLean Thank you for the work you are doing to address climate change through the distribution of solar lamps in poor communities. However, IYCS being a students Movement who depend on partners to run its program is not a funding agency and are not able to support your initiative financially. We are however open to collaborate with you in any other way you deem necessary. Sincere regards IYCS-JECI International Team
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