Attorney James T. Towne, Jr. Discusses Bringing Solar Power, Internet Access to Impoverished Village in Africa

Aug 3, 2015

ALBANY, NY (August 3, 2015) – Over the past few months, Partner James T. Towne, Jr. of Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C. has interviewed with Salim Amin of THE SCOOP to share his first-hand experience of being Trustee to the Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation, Inc. (“LCCF”), a not-for-profit organization serving the Ewaso and Laikipia communities in Kenya, Africa.

The one-on-one interview is part of a series produced by Africa24 Media, a Pan-African online media agency, to shed light on the “Movers & Shakers” who are dedicated to making a difference in Africa.  The series is broadcasted to millions of viewers in Africa and Europe.

In the interview, Mr. Towne discusses the undertaking of this project and the drastic changes they have brought to the Maasai and Samburu tribes in the Ewaso community and surrounding region since LCCF was founded in 2003.

Among the many standout efforts LCCF has spearheaded abroad, Mr. Towne shares how several grants have afforded LCCF the ability to install internet and solar power to a village that previously lived in utter isolation.

“What a gift it is to interact with people who are so appreciative of the littlest, smallest thing you do,” said Mr. Towne.

Mr. Towne goes on to state that with a generous donation of 15 laptop computers from the Nemer family, the children and teachers of Ewaso now have the ability to access the internet and participate in online classes.

“Every Thursday morning when I get up it’s the best part of my week. I get up and there are emails there from the children in the computer class at the library,” said Mr. Towne.

The Ewaso students also Skype on a regular basis with students at the Maple Avenue Elementary School in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The interview, which Mr. Amin has said was one of the highlights of his recent trip to the United States, can be watched on Mr. Amin’s Facebook page.  The entire broadcast can be seen at Africa24 Media.

About Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation, Inc.

The Loisaba Community Conservation Foundation, Inc. (“LCCF”) is a qualified U.S. 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization which serves the Ewaso community located in the Laikipia Valley in Kenya, 100 miles north of Nairobi.  LCCF is dedicated to providing meaningful improvement in the quality of the lives of the residents of Laikipia through education, supplying health resources, water resource management and assistance in livestock management practices.  For more information on LCCF, please visit our website or our Facebook page.