Thanks to your generous donations we are able to keep expanding the number of families benefitting from solar lights. Even though the cost is very modest by western standards it is beyond the capability of families living on less than a dollar a day, as are most in Zeze.
Therefore, in conjunction with the local schools we are continuing to identify those families would most benefit from a solar light. Often these are families where women are struggling alone to bring up their children or where parents or children are disabled. In villages like Zeze, where there is no social security or safety net, this is a major challenge.
Having a solar light is a free, safe, light source which means families are not subject to the health risks and expense of kerosene and children can study and play after dark.
It is now the rainy season in Zeze, people are busy planting in the fields and everyone has a difficult time travelling as the rain turns everything into mud. Students generally walk long distances to school and so get very wet on the way there and back. School is made particularly difficult due to the lack of teachers, particularly in science, few text books and large classes. However they know that education is the route out of poverty and so want to study hard.
Often their families cannot afford the cost of kerosene or batteries so they have to stop studying when it gets dark. Kerosene has other dangers - smoke that irritates eyes and the very real risk of fire. This has happened twice in the last 12 months when small children accidentally knocked over a light. Luckily no one was seriously injured, but both families lost all of their meager possessions.
This is another reason that solar lights transform lives, and we thank you again for your generosity..
Firewood and kerosene are the major sources of energy and rights to Zeze society and other rural societies in Kasulu District of Kigoma Tanzania as they are off-grid connected. These light and energy sources are zero friendly to environments and human health at large. Provision of solar lights to families are increasing happiness and wellbeing it.
Kevina been a victim of fumes produced from kerosene when she burns it for light in during the night. Since we established Solar Light scheme and offer one with her, she is happy to have it as it has reduced her eye tears and pain from kerosene. “I would not have been getting pain for long time if this scheme would have been established earlier”. Kevina said. This is showing she is happy with the use of solar light in his home especially during night.
Bathoromeo has two primary pupils and he is off power. His family’s source of energy is the same as others who are Kerosene and woods dependants. Bathoromeo got one solar light from the scheme and he says his two children are healthily having evening studies at home. They are no anymore bored by right, they are happy and improving their learning capacity.
At Zeze now there is a hugely dropout of Kerosene consumption from the use of solar lights Mboni ya Vijana. The dropout of kerosene consumption signifies the community adaptation to the use of clean energy which has worthwhile to the environments. This situation is paving the way to achieving the objective of making rural community adapt to climate change by reducing production of ozone depleting compounds.
Helping poor communities like Zeze strive from extremely poverty, plays a great role to making world a little better place for living. Poverty been the major cause of evils prevalence those we cut by lifting people go to the safe line of economic and social self sustained with their needs.
This summer we have been working with the Local Electricity Project to deliver workshops to enable young people in Zeze to make their own wind turbines.
The workshopgave them the tools to seek out new solutions to the problem of access to electricity, whilst utilising local materials and knowledge. Each participant was supported to determine which local materials and skills can be used to build a wind turbine, able to provide 20W of power, enough to charge 2 mobile phones and power two 5W LED lights.
We have previously set up a carpentry and welding workshop aimed at improving the skills of Zeze residents. This latest workshop helped to boost electricity usage in Zeze, a village 41 km from grid electricity and where only a small number of the population have access to solar.
By utilising local resources and skills, the workshop reduced the cost of electricity whilst also providing opportunities for entrepreneurship and further education.
Everyone who participated learnt many new skills about carpentry and welding, as well as produced a functioning wind turbine.
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