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Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children

by TAHUDE Foundation
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children
Solar Lantern - MADE IN TANZANIA
Solar Lantern - MADE IN TANZANIA

MADE IN TANZANIA

Previously, we were importing solar lanterns from abroad, but now WE MAKE IN TANZANIA. The solar lantern that is made abroad is expensive and hard to repair when it is broken. Also it does not encourage creatively for our future African scientists (beneficiary school children). So we have decided to make our own solar lantern MADE IN TANZANIA.

In partnership with Dr. Hong K. Choi from Solar Mission in Tanzania, we are now scaling-up the piloted project of MAKING SOLAR LANTERNS IN TANZANIA. Through GlobalGiving (Click here) OR another channel of your interest, we humbly invite you to extend your support for this initiative, as your end-of-year GIFT to remember young Africans who are rising up socio-economically!

The project of Making Solar Lanterns in Tanzania at the Gongali Empower Community Center which is adjacent to Edith Gvora High School in Gongali village opens entrepreneurial opportunities to school children and local entrepreneurs. The center is owned by Gongali Model Co.Ltd and therefore is made available for FREE to school teachers and children for solar lanterns fabrication. The center is selected since it has facilities like TV for training and 800 W solar power for soldering the solar lantern, while the school has no those facilities.

Our immediate plan is to enable five (5) teachers and fifty (50) students to attend a one week workshop on preparing one hundred (100) handmade/homemade solar lanterns.

With your generous support through GlobalGiving we will make this dream a reality.

THANKS for becoming our partner.

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Hilonga receiving the Africa Prize, June 2015
Hilonga receiving the Africa Prize, June 2015

This quarter of 2015 was very exciting to TAHUDE Foundation for two reasons:

(1) We were PHYSICALLY visited by the GlobalGiving representative (Kelly Kurz). We were so happy to learn a lot from Kelly's presentation and site visit - based on his AMAZING insights on how to scale-up our initiative and many other PRACTICAL lessons. We visited beneficiaries of our project - school kids and their families. We went to their schools and few homes to see how much they enjoy our product/solar lanters. The school kids, their families, and teachers were very grateful to the sponsors who helped them through GlobalGiving. For anyone with an experience of working in Africa must admit what I mean - there are many places in rural areas where school kids cannot study after the sun set OR they still depend on harmful kerosene lamps and burners. The solar lanterns are still expensive - that is why we asked GlobalGiving and its partners to subsidize the solar lanters to make it affordable for kids in rural areas to purchase - THANKS FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT.

(2) Our second success story this quarter is that our project leader, Askwar Hilonga, won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, sponsored by the British Royal Academy of Engineering. This prize/award is very important for Tanzania and Africa at large because many young people in African and other developing countries need to witness the real success story of local innovators who work with their grass-root community - influencial people who have decided to GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. In this case Hilonga is now a ROLE MODEL.

We expect another quarter of outstanding activities - KEEP CONNECTED - WE WILL UPDATE YOU REGULARLY.

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University Students Solar Lantern Business
University Students Solar Lantern Business

This quarter we are reporting OUTSTANDING achievement. One of our product, low-cost water filter, won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, Sponsored by The Royal Academy of Engineering.

During my presentation for the competition, I was proud to show GLOBALGIVING as one of our partners. As you can see in the attached photos, Volunteering University students have been so MOTIVATED and are grateful to be involved in our initiative.

These volunteers now aggressively sell our solar lanters to their home towns/villages to replicate what they leant in GONGALI VILLAGE MODEL.

Unfortunately, our capacity to purchase the solar lanterns is now very low to handle the high interest shown by the students. With your increased support we will be able to engage many students and teachers at primary schools, secondary, to university.

We will continuously give reports and we WELCOME you to Tanzania to witness this flourishing local initiative started by Africans in Africa for Africans.

THANKS FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT!

Askwar Hilonga

Inspired, Motivated, Engaged
Inspired, Motivated, Engaged

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University of Arusha students volunteers
University of Arusha students volunteers

We started very simple BUT now our initiative is attracting young and vibrant university students. This time (Feb - March 2015) we received five (5) volunteer students from Arusha University who wanted to learn our impact in Gongali Village, Karatu. The students were so much INSPIRED by our work in Gongali - and were challenged to start the similar initiatives to their communities back home. Among other things, the students surveyed households to see the number of households who adopted our initiative for solar power Vs. Kerosene. The chart in the picture below show how far we have gone by Mid-March 2015. It is evident that the battle against kerosene is still strong BUT our effort is SIGNIFICANTLY EVIDENT. We thank you for your contribution to STAND WITH US, as we struggle to WIPE AWAY KEROSENE from our community. Note that Kerosene is expensive, harmful to respiratory system, none-renewable, etc. Still it is NOT easy to convince people to stop using it and move to renewable energy even as simple as the solar lantern. Our persistence presence in the midst of our community will surely change the situation. THANKS FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT!

Solar Vs Kerosene in GONGALI
Solar Vs Kerosene in GONGALI

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Gongali Children beside their new school
Gongali Children beside their new school

Dear our partners and friends!

Happy X-Mass! It is my pleasure to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for travelling with us for the whole year 2014. It was a wonderful experience for us working with school children in my rural community in Tanzania. We learnt a lot from them while doing solar lantern business. We got attached to their lives, their sorrows, and their joy (consider the attached photo - we had an opening ceromony of their school built by Primary Schools for Africa - our Canadian friends). HOW HAPPY OUR KIDS ARE! HOW THANKFUL WE ARE FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO BRIGHTEN THEIR LIVES WITH YOUR SUPPORT TO DISCOUNT SOLAR LANTERN PRICE!

The kids are highly benefiting from the discount we give to help them afford purchasing their lanterns BUT recently we are getting worried that we may not continue selling at discount rate. Unless we get significant support from our partners and friends in 2015, we are forced to sale at the market price just as our competitors because we need to support our sales person (salary, meals, accommodation, travel, etc).

Nevertheless, we appreciate your AMAZING support which touched MANY lives of young and vibrant future Africa.

THANKS AGAIN for your consistent interest to our activities.

ASANTE SANA.

Hilonga

Vibrant Young Africa
Vibrant Young Africa

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TAHUDE Foundation

Location: Arusha, Tanzania - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Askwar Hilonga
Arusha, Tanzania Tanzania, United Republic of
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