A Generator to Power Learning on Idjwi Island

A microproject by Idjwi Island Education Fund
A Generator to Power Learning on Idjwi Island


This micro project will provide a generator that faciliate an extended school day for students who are preparing for the selective secondary school on Idjwi Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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There is little infrastructure to support the more than 100,000 residents of Idjwi Island, located in Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Buhumba school, which serves 400 students, does not have electricity. The school is divided into a morning session for grades one through three and an afternoon session for grades four through six. As it starts to get dark at about 5 pm, the older students are unable to remain in school for a complete school day and additional group study.


Introducing a generator at the school will provide power for lighting and facilitate instruction when it is otherwise too dark for school. New lighting will allow the sixth graders to remain in the school into the late afternoon and evening hours for additional group study in subjects such as history and mathematics, which will prepare them to continue their studies at the secondary school.

Long-Term Impact

This project will provide an enhanced educational environment for sixth grade students as they prepare for secondary school on Idjwi Island. Successful students at the Buhumba school can continue at the Kashofu secondary school, a selective school that prepares students for careers in fields such as biochemistry and teaching. When these children receive additional education and training, the entire community on Idjwi Island benefits.


Organization Information

Idjwi Island Education Fund

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Project Leader:
David Folds
Washington , DC United States

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