ONE makes noise for Energize Africa at SoulFest

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This past weekend, ONE went up to enjoy the mountains of New Hampshire, and around 100 Christian artists, at the SoulFest, New England’s largest Christian music festival.

We were there to talk to people about energy poverty and collect more cards in support of the Energize Africa Act, which will provide energy access to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time.

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 12.32.13 PMOur volunteers, from New Hampshire and Massachussetts were inspiring, putting in 12-hour days collecting energy cards from the attendees at SoulFest. The people who came by and talked to ONE volunteers for the three days we were at SoulFest were also inspiring.

Many people had been on mission trips to parts of Africa, or worked closely with churches there, and knew firsthand how difficult life can be without electricity.

Others were excited to have the opportunity to make an impact, and to meet our New Hampshire volunteer, Susan Pillsbury, who would be delivering the letters to her senator’s office!

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We also had a few special guests stop by to visit. Steve Taylor stopped by the table to write an energy card, as did David Carr, our friend from Third Day.

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Throughout the weekend, SoulFest went out of their way to highlight ONE and the amazing work we’ve been doing to end extreme poverty, offering us a chance to give a Justice Workshop, sharing our 10th Anniversary video, and even inviting us up on the main Revival Stage to share the news about what we were doing and invite others to join us.

Altogether, we collected 1,248 letters in support of Energize Africa! This was amazing effort from all of our volunteers, who came from near and far to collect energy cards.

I want to say thank you so much to all of our volunteers, and to SoulFest for inviting us and making this such a fantastic experience!