Having access to a solar light transforms lives in villages like Zeze. Children are able to read and study after dark, and families are not forced to burn expensive and poisonous kerosene in order to see. This leads to many problems:
Air pollution: When kerosene burns it emits a thick black smoke which is bad for the environment and for people’s health. Air pollution kills more people per year than HIV and Malaria combined. Spending a few hours with a kerosene lamp causes the same damage to someone’s lungs as smoking 40 cigarettes. It can also cause eye infections.
Fire: Kerosene lighting causes a serious fire hazard because the lamps are easily knocked over and the fuel is highly explosive. Schools and homes have been burnt down and people killed because of fires caused by kerosene lamps.
Global warming: An average kerosene lamp emits 340kg of CO emissions a year, contributing to global warming. Other sources estimate the unburnt particulates from kerosene lamps as contributing to 3% of global black carbon emissions.
Expensive: Families often spend 10 – 15% of their household income on kerosene – locking them into a cycle of poverty. Many children use them to do their homework and to study in the morning or after sunset. However, their parents often cannot afford enough kerosene and have to ration it to provide light for cooking, farming and other tasks.
Poisonous: Kerosene is a clear liquid and is sold in plastic bottles, children often mistake it for water and this can cause serious illness.
Poor lighting: The light given off by a kerosene lamp is dull and flickers. This causes eye strain when reading and means that families have little quality time together after dark. To see well using a kerosene lamp you have to sit very close to the light, which increases exposure to the noxious fumes.
So thank you again for your donation that is transforming lives in Zeze, and best wishes for the festive season.
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.
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