The Tana River Life Foundation thanks all donors for fundingthe purchase of solar lanterns. We have been able to covered a wide area of Tana Delta to date.
During the month of July we carried out field visits to the some of the schools where we donated the solar lanterns to get a report on how the lanterns have been of help. The Headteacher at Assa Primary, Mr. Nyaga was quoted, “The Lanterns have been really helpful to my students whose parents are nomadic pastoralists, for example at the moment we are on school holiday and most of the students are not in the village as they are in different areas looking for water for their livestock. Since the lanterns are portable, I can say at least my students can be able to conduct night studies wherever they go.” In the Assa area, the nearest village is nearly 100km from the main road while the next school withcandidates that can benefitis Kone which is approximately 68Km from Assa.
We also surveyed Ndera Location, which has more than 6 schools without source of power. The National Government has installed solar systems in the schools but most of them need maintenance and repairs. In some areas, the schools are a few kilometers from the village and it becomes a challenge for the candidates to go to the schools to study at night. It is because of this that the Tana River Life Foundation has decided to continue collecting funds and buy lanterns to donate to those schools.
Once again we will be grateful for morecontributions and support from partnersto lighting up the future of Tana Delta students. We also invite you to the Little by Little Campaign organized by GlobalGiving starting from 12th August 2019 to 16th August 2019 which is a week long campaign designed to help celebrate the power of our crowd by matching donations up to $50 at 50% with $60,000 in matching funds depending on how much we can raise.
TRLF Staff with a family
May 13, 2019
May Update on Solar Lanterns for Tana Students
By Oscar - Volunteer
Thanks you for your continuous support. It is the second term in Kenya and students just began the second term. This period instead of just giving the solar lanterns to the students, a small team of youth volunteering at Tana River Life Foundation was selected to give an encouragement talk to the students. By doing this, the youth could also get a better insight of what the Foundation does as well as give a chance for them to share their experiences to the students. We were at Onwardei Primary School and donated 24 solar lanterns to the class 7 students.
Although we will continue giving out solar lanterns to the students, in the next month we will be revisiting the schools where we donated and check whether the lanterns are still functional as well as monitor the impact it has on the students performances as well as their families.
The foundation is very grateful to your contributions and we do hope you can continue sharing about the project so that we can be able to reach the goal of lightening the lives of many students and families in the county.
Feb 11, 2019
New Year, New Solar Lanterns
By Oscar Raha - Volunteer
Ozi Primary Students with Solar Lanterns
Happy 2019 to our donors over the world and Gong Xi Fa Cai to our donors in Asia as you usher in the year of the pig. Your donations on this project is making a huge impact to many students in our community as so far over 200 households in Tana Delta Sub County have benefited since 2017. This year we were at Ozi Primary which is one of the most rural parts of the county as the nearby village is only accessible by boat and by motorbike during the dry seasons. Ozi village is situated at the mouth of the Tana River where it flows into the Indian Ocean. The school has a population of 461, with the highest enrolment being from the lower primary level.
The Government has installed solar in one of the classrooms to support its Digital Learning Programme to the lower grades during the day but parents are not willing to send their students to school during the night due to security concerns as well as worries about safety of the female students. It’s for this reason that the Foundation has donated 52 solar lanterns to the students of class 7 and 8 to ensure that they can conduct their night preps. This particular type of Solar Lanterns have a component that enables parents to charge phones during the day hence serve as an income generating resource to cover some basic necessities.
This year’s class 8 comprises 17 students, with 15 of them being girls and boys being only 2. It is a unique scenario in the area as mostly the number of boys in classes is usually higher than that of girls. This had a negative impact towards studying at the school at night as their class teacher Mr. Ngoka was quoted, “The community don’t want to bring students to school especially the female pupils. I have a hard task of convincing the parents on the benefits of letting their students do night preps. It wasn’t making sense to give students homework over the week as I was sure they can’t do it at home. Now I can give them assignments that I am confident they can do.”
After donating the solar lanterns, Bakari a class 7 student had this to say, “Although I scored 200 /500 for the last exams, I am very confident that I can improve my performance to at least 300. This is mainly because at home usually I don’t study at night but now I have the resources to. I have a sister also in this primary school and we will help each other study.” While Aisha a class 8 student said “I am grateful to all donors who had a hand in this project, as my results are somehow poor and I do hope that this year I can do a lot of personal studies at home to ensure that I improve significantly come the end of the year.