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..
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