Nov 14, 2018

Lighting Up the Furthest Corners of the Delta

Assa Primary  Night Studies
Assa Primary Night Studies

The months of September and October were busy months for TRLF staff who were criss crossing the Tana Delta, distributing solar lanterns to the most far flung and remote villages. First we did raise over US $ 2,000 during the month for the GlobalGiving Matching Campaign in 12th September. Thank you to all this who participated and the rest who are always supporting our projects. A total of 135 students from 8 different schools and villages have since benefited from this assistance during this period, the majority of them in Grade 7, and who will be sitting for their primary school leaving examinations in Nov 2019. See the table below for the breakdown of the solar lanterns distributed during the months of October and November this year.

  • Chamwanamuma Primary - 35 
  • Serah Primary - 14
  • Odole Primary - 15
  • Shirikisho Primary - 25
  • Miticharaka Primary - 19
  • Assa Primary - 20
  • Kibokoni Primary - 7

All the schools are located in villages not connected to the National Power Grid, and unlikely to be connected in the forseeable future.

Some of the schools have arranged for these students to board at school from Mondays to Fridays to minimize the time students spend travelling from home to school daily. This allows them more time for participation in games, as well as night studies under the guidance of their teachers. This arrangement has been possible because of the solar lanterns. With their classrooms being lit up by the solar lanterns, students from these schools can now do night studies easily.

During the weekends when the students return to their homes, they carry their lanterns with them benefiting their entire families.

Assa Primary School is located 90 kms from our centre. The headteacher there, Mr. Anthony Nyagah , was very grateful and sent feedback that “students in Grade 7 are benefiting so much from the donation of the lanterns, and have started showing good improvement in their rate of learning”. Another primary school which benefited from this assistance, Miticharaka Prmary School, is located in a very remote part of the Tana Delta, with the only access being dirt roads across the many islets leading to the school. These islets are connected by hand constructed wooden bridges. 

The Kenya primary schools academic year ended on 26th Oct 2018 and will restart in January 2019. TRLF will then continue distributing solar lanterns to students studying in schools in Ndera and Salama location by mid January.

Onkolde Primary Students with their solar lanterns
Onkolde Primary Students with their solar lanterns
Demonstrating for Shirikisho Primary
Demonstrating for Shirikisho Primary
Miticharaka Primary Students with their lanterns
Miticharaka Primary Students with their lanterns
Road to Miticharaka Primary
Road to Miticharaka Primary
Aug 16, 2018

Lighting Up the Delta With Solar Lanterns

Few Students of Sera Primary Posing with Lanterns
Few Students of Sera Primary Posing with Lanterns

Thank you to all that gave generously on the Rewards Bonus Day that was on 18th July. We managed to raise $1,073.

Implementation of several projects including the distribution of solar lanterns to the most rural schools as many roads to the interior villages were completely cut off for over two months due to floods. In July 2018, we managed to visit Sera Primary School (latitude -2.124403, 40.123895) to meet and advise the Standard 7 pupils. In Kenya, the primary school education runs for eight years, from Standard One to Eight. The class has 17 children, who come from the various surrounding villages of Sera, Feji, Abaganda and Galima. Each child received a solar lantern to help them learn at their homesteads at night. 

Here are testimonials from two of the students, Omar and Habuko.

 “My name is Omar from Feji village. I am 13 years old and a class seven student in Sera Primary School. Today I received a solar Lamp from Tana River Life Foundation and I would like to thank all of you for assisting me with the solar lamp.

Without the lamp it was difficult for me to do night studies and complete my home work because at home were using the local traditional kerosene lamps. This made me to go a neighbour’s house where they have a solar to do my night studies. As I have got this this solar lamp I will do night studies comfortably at night in our own home.”

“My name is Habuko from Sera village. I am 14 years old and am in Standard Seven in Sera Primary School. My mother is a famer and my dad passed away two years ago.

After the death of my father, life in our family became more difficult because my mother had to act as a father also. We live in a small mud house and lack many basic needs at home. After school, I had to help my mother to look for firewood and also fetch water which made me have little time for my studies when there was still light. Now I will be able to help my mum and still do my studies at night using the solar lamp.”

The Headteacher of Sera Primary School, Mr. Emmanuel explained that his students have been facing the problem of not being able to study at night as most have no source of affordable and safe lighting like a solar lamp or electricity in their homes. This made him to start a boarding section of the Standard Seven and Eight from Mondays to Fridays. With these solar lamps, it will be easy for them to do night preps at their own homes during the weekends and the long school holidays as well. It also has a positive impact on their eyesight and safety in the homes.”

Thanks all for the continuous support as we target to reach more schools in the last term of the year.

Omar receiving lantern
Omar receiving lantern
Habuko and a classmate
Habuko and a classmate
The Headteacher Mr. Emmanuel and Students
The Headteacher Mr. Emmanuel and Students
Demonstrating to students on how the lantern works
Demonstrating to students on how the lantern works
Jun 12, 2018

Buyani Journey

TRLF Staff with students
TRLF Staff with students

Thank you for the support in Rebuilding Buyani Secondary School.

Through your contributions, we managed to:

  1. Construct two Classrooms fully equipped with furniture.
  2. Install Solar Panels in the school.
  3. Paid fees for students whose parents had financial challenges.
  4. Support girls with sanitary napkins.
  5. Gave out Solar Lanterns for some students to conduct night studies from their homes.
  6. Construct a twin-toilet.

Those were just a few of the things that helped us rebuild the school. Now it can fully be operational while the foundation will continue supporting them whenever needs arise.

We do hope you can still support us in lighting up the future of our Tana students through our other project Solar Lanterns for Tana Students which will be targeting to assist over 200 students this year.

Regards,

Oscar Raha

 
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