Visual storytelling for The Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (HEED) project

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The Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (HEED) project is an innovative response to growing recognition of the need to improve access to energy, particularly renewable energy sources, for populations displaced by conflict and natural disasters.

The focus of HEED is on the lived experiences of Congolese refugees living for protracted periods of time in three refugee camps in Rwanda (Nyabiheke, Gihembe and Kigeme) and internally displaced persons (IDPs) forced to leave their homes as a result of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. In July 2019, HEED commissioned the humanitarian photographer Edoardo Santangelo, to document the impact of the HEED energy interventions on everyday lives. In capturing through images the energy needs and aspirations of displaced people, this exhibition tells their stories of change.


The Youth - Kigeme, Rwanda Young people gather along the water route, next to the private vegetable gardens that feed the local markets. In the Kigeme camp young people are the largest population.

The Youth – Kigeme, Rwanda

Young people gather along the water route, next to the private vegetable gardens that feed the local markets. In the Kigeme camp young people are the largest population.


Tradition and technology - Gihembe, Rwanda The ancient coal trade and the public lighting pole powered by photovoltaic energy. A woman selling charcoal in the main market area which is now lit by solar powered street light. Charcoal is vital for the…

Tradition and technology – Gihembe, Rwanda

The ancient coal trade and the public lighting pole powered by photovoltaic energy. A woman selling charcoal in the main market area which is now lit by solar powered street light. Charcoal is vital for the refugee community as they rely on it for cooking as well as heating for the colder months.


Basketball and energy - Gihembe, RwandaTeenagers and kids all playing together at the basketball court in Gihembe camp. The provision of electricity has extended the number of hours they can plan during the day.

Basketball and energy – Gihembe, Rwanda

Teenagers and kids all playing together at the basketball court in Gihembe camp. The provision of electricity has extended the number of hours they can plan during the day.


The classroom - Kigeme, RwandaThe nursery building is supplied by a mix of lighting and socket based appliances with the potential for creating a better learning environment for a large number of children and enabling the teachers to prepare more cr…

The classroom – Kigeme, Rwanda

The nursery building is supplied by a mix of lighting and socket based appliances with the potential for creating a better learning environment for a large number of children and enabling the teachers to prepare more creative lessons. Evening lighting for the nursery also enables adult learning zones and lesson preparation for the teachers.


Recharging mobile phones - Nyabiheke, Rwanda In refugee settings the young community uses mobile phones extensively, not only as a means of communication but also for interacting and keeping up to speed with what happens in the rest of the world.Tha…

Recharging mobile phones – Nyabiheke, Rwanda

In refugee settings the young community uses mobile phones extensively, not only as a means of communication but also for interacting and keeping up to speed with what happens in the rest of the world.

Thanks to the sockets now provided at the playground, refugees can now recharge their mobile phones free of charge and close to their homes.


Solar lantern beneficiary - Nyabiheke, RwandaHEED Solar lateen with Monitor.An estimated 7 million people in refugee camps have access to electricity for less than four hours a day. Energy access needs to be prioritised alongside access to water, em…

Solar lantern beneficiary – Nyabiheke, Rwanda

HEED Solar lateen with Monitor.

An estimated 7 million people in refugee camps have access to electricity for less than four hours a day. Energy access needs to be prioritised alongside access to water, employment and health to build community capacity and resilience.

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The embers and the meat - Khalte, NepalPooja extinguishing the fire she used to dry and smoke buffalo meat. Although the majority of displaced people have access to LPG stoves, they often prefer cooking with firewood nevertheless to enhance the flav…

The embers and the meat – Khalte, Nepal

Pooja extinguishing the fire she used to dry and smoke buffalo meat. Although the majority of displaced people have access to LPG stoves, they often prefer cooking with firewood nevertheless to enhance the flavour of the dishes.


Homework - Khalte, Nepal After the earthquake of 2015, over 35,000 classrooms were mostly or entirely damaged, leaving more than one million children lacking access to safe, permanent places to learn.

Homework – Khalte, Nepal

After the earthquake of 2015, over 35,000 classrooms were mostly or entirely damaged, leaving more than one million children lacking access to safe, permanent places to learn.


Night lights - Khalte, Nepal Liniksha and her family in the process of preparing dinner. The mobile phone’s torch feature can help when the darkness comes, especially for houses that are some distance from the solar street lights.

Night lights – Khalte, Nepal

Liniksha and her family in the process of preparing dinner. The mobile phone’s torch feature can help when the darkness comes, especially for houses that are some distance from the solar street lights.


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Faith and Prayers - Khalte, Nepal Kirti Lama is one of the three Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teachers living in Khalte. In this photo he is writing a prayer which will be given to the whole community afterwards.

Faith and Prayers – Khalte, Nepal

Kirti Lama is one of the three Tibetan Buddhist spiritual teachers living in Khalte. In this photo he is writing a prayer which will be given to the whole community afterwards.