Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children

by TAHUDE Foundation
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".



IMPACT of Solar Lanterns in Rural Tanzania
IMPACT of Solar Lanterns in Rural Tanzania

The end of year and beginning of another year is always tough in rural Tanzania. It is time when people have no enough food - many people are starving. This is also affecting our solar lantern business. Even though our price is highly discounted due to the support we receive from our partners like you, yet many families were not able to purchase solar lanterns for their children in Dec, Jan, and Feb. We sold about 100 units only; equal to 100 children. We expect this situation to change from April onward.

Meanwhile, please consider the statistics of the IMPACT we made so far. Imagine how much people are loosing by not accepting this simple technology that has ZERO operation cost. CONGRATS to all our royal customers and partners.

Call for ACTION: Please kindly continue to support us - this time it is enough for us if you just "like" our facebook, twitter (available at, or share our stories with your friends and family or on your online networks, WhatsApp, blogs, when you are presenting somewhere (feel free to use our pictures and videos), etc ............ You never know on whose hands it may land!.....and we are beware of what we are asking, "WE MAY JUST GET IT"!


Gongali students turning OFF Kerosene Lamps
Gongali students turning OFF Kerosene Lamps

We are so excited that at last we have TURNED OFF the Kerosene Lamps in Karatu District on 20th Nov. 2016. This was a ground-breaking event attended by thousands of people and covered by about 10 Journalists from National TVs like TBC, ITV, Star TV, Radios, Magazine, etc.

Before the public address, students from 6 different schools made demonstrations/parade throughout Karatu Town to proclaim the celebration of TURNING OFF the Kerosene Lamps in Karatu District. This was a symbolic event benchmarking the end of OLD TECHNOLOGY of using Kerosene and BEGINNING of new era of using solar lanterns in Karatu District.

In total we have reached 1,750 school children in Karatu. Our plan is to IMPACT 10,000 children within 2017. The future of this project is brighter with serious commitment from various GlobalGiving donors like the lady in London (we keep her anonymous) who contributed up to GBP 1,000 in single donation that was also matched by 50% bonus from GlobalGiving. In fact we raised more than GBP 13,000 in single fund-raising season of few weeks that ended in Oct 2016.

With time, we are witnessing serious engagement of our partners and supporters world-wide. We are convinced for sure that the TIME HAS COME to end kerosene poisoning in rural Africa. Solar lanterns are increasing the convenience to students and academic improvement.

THANKS for your IMPACT. Please let us know how you would like to be involved at higher level, as you wish.

We are open-minded to partner with you - the need is so big with more than 20 million kids living in rural Tanzania. They all need light for study.


Hilonga ( - Director of TAHUDE Foundation

Gongali students turning OFF Kerosene Lamps
Gongali students turning OFF Kerosene Lamps
Gongali students turning ON the Solar Lanterns
Gongali students turning ON the Solar Lanterns



About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

TAHUDE Foundation

Location: Arusha, Tanzania - Tanzania, United Republic of
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Askwar Hilonga
Arusha, Tanzania Tanzania, United Republic of
$33,094 raised of $50,000 goal
152 donations
$16,906 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.