Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children

by TAHUDE Foundation Vetted since 2013
Hilonga with children with their solar lanterns
Hilonga with children with their solar lanterns

This quarter we did not receive funds - but we are so glad that at last we have got a massive support for our project. We just received confirmation for 3 students volunteers from UK, 1 from U.S, and 10 from Tanzania. These Volunteers will assist TAHUDE Foundation in the grand campaign in Africa - To raise funds for Solar Lanterns to 1 Million African children in rural areas. This will be a commendable milestone in our organization history and a life-time memory to our beneficiaries; the school children.

So far, by July 2018, our project has been on GlobalGiving for 4 years - with 110 donors. We have benefited more than 3,000 children in rural Africa. With this experience we are now ready to scale-up our intervention and impact more lives in our lifetime.

Please kindly let us know how you would like to be involved in this greatest campaign in our history. Your insights, comments, advice, etc, could bring a breakthrough. You may also involve your family and friends to see how they can make impact with us. We are open-minded and know for sure that supports may come in different ways - not only by financial contributions. So, please kindly contribute your thoughts and expertise as it is convenient to you. You can send an email directly to me: or phone call: +255764574919 (also on WhatsApp).

I humbly submit

Hilonga - Project Director


Solar Lantern Beneficiaries in Gongali - Tanzania
Solar Lantern Beneficiaries in Gongali - Tanzania

In addition to relentless support from our regular GlobalGiving donors, this quarter we had a wonderful adventure in Gongali village when the Seventh-day Adventists Youth from Arusha International SDA Church camped in Gongali for three days and donated solar lanterns to 108 children. It was a historical event for the village - everyone was so excited! The youth had an opportunity to interact with the community in the church in Gongali and thereafter by visiting the homes of all children who received the donation. We hope this new approach through church groups will be another breakthrough to provide solar lanterns to all children in under-served communities in Africa and elsewhere. The activity has also encouraged more local donors to go for extra mile. The SDA Church members in Arusha contributed to make the lanterns free to all 108 children. Each solar lantern was tagged with a name of the beneficiary. The photos for each group of beneficiaries was taken and shared with their donors via the church WhatsApp group.

With this report we re-instate our commitment to connect the donors and their beneficiaries. It is easy for us - just let us know how you would like to be connected with your beneficiaries. Eg. we can send you photos, videos, and anything else of your interest that is within our capacity.



First group of beneficiaries - Tanzania
First group of beneficiaries - Tanzania
Second group that received lanterns in Tanzania
Second group that received lanterns in Tanzania


Debora -standing with parent whose child performed
Debora -standing with parent whose child performed

This quarter our brilliant student at Edith Gvora High School (name reserved), conducted a wonderful experiment to see how school children's performance improve when they were given solar lanterns. She only chose school girls because she felt it is important to help girls have more time for study so they can pass their examination and go to higher level of education. 

TAHUDE Foundation provided her with 60 solar lanterns (purchased through generous support from Women in Science - WiSci 2017 Small Grant) for experiment and mentorship. She compared the performance of girls in their first examination (before she gave them the solar lanterns) and after they use solar lantern for one month. She also evaluated the attendance of parents in the meetings she conducted with the girls at Gongali Primary School.

Detailed for the findings of this experiment is available at your request, if you need it. Please write to or if you are interested. But in short, the students who failed in their first examination performed very well (some of them up to 200% increment on examination marks they scored) after they were given solar lanterns so they had extra time for study and preparation for the second examination.

Please kindly write to us if you are interested to hear more about this fantastic experiment.


The problem is caused by poverty and ignorance (lack of awareness). Parents of failing girls are poor. They cannot afford to buy light for their children study during extra time. Those who might be able to buy at least a solar lantern are not aware of where to get those products and if it can help to improve the performance of their children in school.

 Many girls in primary schools in my village fail examination because they have no enough time to study at home. There is no electricity for them to study at night and during the day the girls help their parents to do home activities like fetching water, cooking, and taking care of small children (babies). In the night and early morning those girls have free time but again they cannot study because it is dark and there is no electricity. Lack of electricity in my community is a big problem affecting the performance of pupils.

 Girls in Primary schools in my village fail because they have no time to study at night or early morning because they have no light for study


School children with solar lantern performed well
School children with solar lantern performed well
Tanzanian Children ENJOY with Mick of Brite Hike
Tanzanian Children ENJOY with Mick of Brite Hike

This quarter is historical in my community! For the first time, in a very unique approach, a Tourist (Mr. Mick Kopis of Brite Hike) has visited us, physically, to witness and support what he was seeing in our media reports like those on GlobalGiving.

As you can see in the attached video, the whole community and particularly the schools children were very happy to intermingle with Mick - it is so humbling to witness their excitement. This shows the impact that could be made by tourists who visit Tanzania / Africa. This (the act of Mick) is a very humbling spirit that deserves appreciation and I wish it is emulated my millions of other tourists who are visiting Africa. I am sure, after they see all animals and nature and everything else, most probably what remains in their heart is the IMPACT they made in human lives in the local communities they visited. Mick was about to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, but he decided to drop-by the community first and donated 70 solar lanterns to school children before he continued with his tour activities. He successfully climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and went to Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks. CONGRATS TO HIM and GOD BLESS HIM FOREVER!

On the other side, TAHUDE continued to implement its grass-root activities with the continuous support of supporters via GlobalGiving system. We promise to give timely reports to update our supporters. THANKS FOR YOUR INTERVENTION IN THE TIME OF NEED FOR THE SCHOOL CHILDREN IN TANZANIA


Seeing is believing! Yowchanan visits Tanzania
Seeing is believing! Yowchanan visits Tanzania

Seeing is believing!

This is how one of our very generous solar lantern donor (Yowchanan from USA) felt when he physically visited us in Tanzania. Yowchanan, appearing in green shirt in the attached photo, visited our office and customers. He was excited to see how his donation is making impact to many people, particularly the school children who are benefiting from our solar lantern project. We encourage these eye witness visits to make our case easily understandable to the global community of supporters through GlobalGiving.

We invite you, as our generous donor, to visit our projects and get the live testimonies from the people you supported. If you are not visiting Africa / Tanzania in near future you may tell your family and friends (and office mates) who are visiting Tanzania to drop-by our office in Arusha. We will be happy to joyfully share our stories and visit our beneficiaries - they feel so happy to meet their global friends; it also add a sense of accountability and transparency to our employees working for the projects.

So, when are you visiting us? We will assist you with local logistics at no extra cost to your pre-planned budget. You already helped us through GlobalGiving; now it is time for us to give back to you through our "local hospitality".




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Organization Information

TAHUDE Foundation

Location: Arusha, Tanzania - Tanzania, United Republic of
Website: http:/​/​
Twitter: @Twitter@TAHUDE Foundation
Project Leader:
Askwar Hilonga
Arusha, Tanzania Tanzania, United Republic of
$33,220 raised of $50,000 goal
155 donations
$16,780 to go
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