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May 31, 2017

Solar Lamps for Students in Kulesa Primary School

Students receiving the solar lamps
Students receiving the solar lamps

The rainy season started in April and the roads in the Tana Delta are almost impassable as a result. The second school term started in May. We planned to visit Kulesa Primary School to distribute solar lanterns to the students in Class 8, in particular the students from Vumbwe village who walk 5km to get to school every day. Their village has not benefitted from the rural electrification project run by the government.

After interviewing the school principal we realized that villages selected to participate in the electrification plan have yet to benefit from the project. She requested that that we include the students from these villages as well as it may take a while before their homes are connected to the grid.

We were unable to visit Vumbwe village as the rains were the too heavy and the roads were very slippery and muddy. We plan to visit the Mikameni and Bubesa villages for the next distribution.

Here is a video of the students from Kulesa Primary school receiving the solar lamps and a short message from the principal of the school.

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Mar 21, 2017

Bringing Solar Lamps and Girls' Toilet to Buyani

Visiting the homes
Visiting the homes

In 2015, we provided solar lanterns as well as solar panels to the school. The solar panels are now fully utilized by the school to  power the 2 computers in the school and to light the classrooms at night for students to do their homework. Students from more than 7 villages in the Chara Location attend Buyani Secondary School. Some students  are unable to go in to school at night to do their homework after dinner. As a result we will be providing solar lanterns to Form Four students who live in  villages furthest from the school. During our quarterly visit to the school, Emmanuel aged 20 years shared, “I commute from Kibokoni and I prefer doing my night studies at home because the school is far from home and sometimes I encounter wild animals on my way home.” This was seconded by another student Ali aged 17 years from Ozi village where he is quoted, “I usually study at home at night but at times there is a shortage of paraffin and I am not able to complete my assignments.”

We visited  the homes of some of our beneficiaries and the parents were very grateful for what the donors have been contributing to them. One parent Mr. Makorani shared, “I used to struggle to pay school fees but now I no longer experience any difficulties because the bigger part of the fees is paid by the Tana River Life Foundation. The mobile library program that is currently running has also been beneficial to us parents as we try to cover for other basic needs while the students get books to read through the foundation”

Another plan for the year is to build a twin toilet for the girls as girls tend to be more sensitive to sanitation than guys. We are still short of the initial cost for starting the construction and it is on our plan on how we can engage the local community as well on how we can build the twin toilet with the contribution that we will raise from well-wishers.

We are hoping for a great year ahead. Thank you for all of the support.

Interviewing the students
Interviewing the students
Speaking with Emmanuel
Speaking with Emmanuel
Students currently being supported
Students currently being supported
Feb 27, 2017

The First Set of Lanterns are bring distributed

Girls in their classromms
Girls in their classromms

Dear donors

During the first quarter of the year we surveyed households in Mwina and Kulesa, two outlying locations within the Tana Delta. We learnt that although most of the schools had benefited from the rural electrification program by the government of Kenya, the program is better suited for the boarding school students.  It is unsafe for students who attend day schools to walk to school at night to do their homework due to wild animals and the distance between their homes and schools, which could be upto 5 km.  

We interviewed 53 Standard 8 candidates (i.e. the final year of primary education) from three different schools namely, Mwina, Bubesa and Kulesa Primary Schools.  After analysing the feedback, we selected 40 households to participate in this programme, hoping to improving the lives of over 120 villagers. The selected beneficiaries have younger siblings in primary school who will also  benefit from the  solar lighting in their homes.

The solar lanterns will be to charge mobile phones enabling better communication and the possibility of additional income if it is offered as a charging station for neighbours for a small fee.

During the interviews we discovered that many students  study and complete their homework under difficult conditions. Some of their feedback are as follows:

Noor Ahmed, aged 13 from Bubesa primary school: “I usually use a torch to study at night while at home”.

Mwanajuma Said, aged 13 from Bubesa primary school: “The solar will help me attain my target in the final examinations.”

Mohamed Maro, aged 15 from Bubesa Primary School: “I currently use a paraffin lamp to study and sometimes the eyes get very itchy and am worried that it will affect my eyesight due to the unpleasant smoke produced by it.”

Patricia John aged 14 from Kulesa primary: “Our family can’t even be able to purchase paraffin frequently so it becomes difficult to even study at home, having a light source will be very helpful”.

Dullu Komora aged 14 from Mwina Primary: “Getting solar will be very helpful to me as I will be able to study more at home so as to I can get better grades and be admitted in a better high school.”

The foundation has purchased 40 units of Niwa Multi 300 Solar Lanterns which contains a solar panel, bulb and phone charging port. These will be distributed immediately after the half term school break ending on 6th March 2017. Thank you for your contributions and generous support to our project.

Sincerely,

Oscar Raha Jr, former beneficary

Tana River Life Foundation

Students at Mwina Primary School
Students at Mwina Primary School
Volunteers interviewing students
Volunteers interviewing students

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