We are off grid and our light energy comes from fossil fuels and woods. GlobalGiving has been our platform to share the demands and support each other. Zeze village has benefited from what all of us have done toward lighting our homes and education.
"We didn't have lights at our school and the students studied during thte day time and in the night they haven't studied. the performances were very poor but we have improved it with the help of lights which help student have extra studying time. There is no Zero in the past two national examinaton results for Secondary Educaton. This is the positive impact to the Zeze School from lights distribution to the students" Mwandu the headteacher at Zeze secondary school said.
The market at Zeze is commonly full in the night after farm work during the day. There were fewer time and many loss cases following dark. But the businesses time has increase and reduced loss to venders. Robina says; No one liked dark but we used to adapt. The light is my second eye to my business. I have added more customers and improved the security of my businesses. I am proud of having the light to shine my table".
Kerosine and firewood has been the major sources of energy the situation which has changed a lot of having lights. "I use firewood and charcoal for cooking but I dont use kerosine for the lamp. I have already transformed my energy use by using solar light which is affordable and clean. I wish it would have been so powerful to cook but it can't. I use it to light the house and it encourages extra studies to my children". Shaban says.
The lights are good for eye health, environments and carbons emissions reduction however they are insuficient to quit the problem. The small donations you have done to MVG via GlobalGiving have been acknowldged for the changes it contributed to Zeze community and the environment.
Zeze village lacks grid electricity and gas networks to provide energy which make the community rely much on woods and kerosene as the main sources of energy for cooking, lighting and warming.
Wehave been supplying solar lights to the community and students at Zeze and train youth in wind turbine electricity production. All these strategies, aim at reduction of carbon production and deforestation to allow sustainable growth.
These make a huge difference in our community on many levels. Students are able to study after dark, families save money and their health from polluting kerosene and people can become much more productive.
Zeze Secondary School has never been at the top since its first graduation in 2008 at region level examinations prepared for all government schools in Kigoma region. That has become possible for the first time in September 2019 after the lights and food security to the households and the school. There has been gradual improvement in performances of various areas at Zeze since we commenced supporting students and the households with solar lights and agriculture improvements. The solar lights improved time for studying while improved food security at family levels improved settlement of families in supporting education.
Access to water has been another key success that has improved education level at Zeze Secondary School. Water has made possible to reduce time spent on collecting water that made possible for extra studying and access to solar light by the students. Also water has improved health and sanitation which both impacted education at Zeze secondary school.
Nhiga Mwandu the head teacher at Zeze Secondary School proclaiming a secret of his school success at the meeting says; “Proud of solar lights, clean and safe water, food security and practical science facilities which have been donated to my school. The school itself was not to accomplish such a great mission however that became possible after acknowledged cooperation from Mboni ya Vijana and their partners. We are the best school now in Kigoma region among the government schools.” Nhiga added, the government is now recognizing our efforts to put on education for the best future. For the area with no grid electricity, solar cells electricity are plenty alternative to lead this achievement at this level.
Yusuph is the parent of one of the best students at Zeze Secondary School in September 2019 and he has been as well the beneficiary of improved farming scheme at Zeze. He got an opportunity to tell what he think has made his student the best form four girl student to September 2019 and here is his narration; “I didn’t think that would have been happen before but I see it without doubt that, the increase of food and income security to my family has enabled me access to services for my daughter. I got a solar light from Mboni ya Vijana for my student and she does well as it increased her time for studying. I wish the solar lights and food security could reach more people to benefit like my family”.
Youth camp took place at Zeze village from 29th July to 17th August 2019 bringing youth from various regions and Britain to share skills and knowledge on technical and entrepreneurial matters. Zeze is off grid village heavily depends on solar and other energy. During the camp, participants were supported by solar lights and charging. Marko says; “solar lights are very important source of power to rely since it is clean and affordable. We would have been in dark and unable to charge electronic devices if we would not have solar lights. I personally acknowledge the idea of having alternative light source for the nigh. He said”
Electricity is real a vital development tool that need to be considered supplied to people for both economical and social development especially to those areas with no power like Zeze village.
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