The project with Tembea in Kenya has been such a success! We have over 6000 students who now have access to clean safe light! We have been working with the organization Tembea Youth Center for Sustainable Development. They are a non-profit organization that was founded in 2003, based in Ugunja, Siaya County, Nyanza Province, Kenya. We focused the students enrolled in the Environmental Clubs in the schools they work in. The patrons of the environmental clubs have been trained on Education for Sustainable Development by TEMBEA. These schools are in the farthest and most remote areas of this district
Inside one of the classrooms in the middle of the day. It is so dark it is a strain to read anything!
Matt Olliffe was a sponsor of a school in our Phase 3 with Tembea. He recently returned from visiting the schools himself and seeing the impact that the solar lights are having with the kids. In this video he explains the incredible impact on one student that really stood out to him.
A classroom of kids shine their lights, showing just how much light they give off. Our success with this project has been mind blowing, and to a certain degree unbelievable. However, when Matt Olliffe visited the program to see his donated money at work, he came back with confidence that the success being reported was true. We look forward to this program growing as the number of students in need of a solar light are almost unlimited!
We are so excited for our newest partnership with Dandelion Africa. It is an incredible organization spanning across many needs in the Nakuru area.
Dandelion Africa works directly in 15 schools and is very involved with the 'dandelion kids'. Wendo's (founder) passion and love for the children makes our partnership a perfect one to prosper and have a huge impact. We were able to supply 730 children with solar lights, distributing about 400 of those lights during our visit in Feb 2017. We will be returning March 2018 to distribute 980 more solar lights to children in her programs.
The passion and desire to learn is so evident with the children. They know that it is their only option to make it out of the cycle of poverty and to make a difference to their lives and their families. We are only helping to supply a tool to make that passion and ambition more possible and easier.
There is a school in the slums, with the most basic necessities only. As we were taken around the slums meeting folks, we were invited into a few of the homes. Even though it was the middle of the day, the insides of the houses were pitch black, except for the small beams of light peeking through the holes in the tin sheet roofs. The need for light here is great!
Our time in Bangladesh was amazing! Tazin Shadid is the founder of Spreeha, an influential and incredibly successful organization that is helping provide health care, immunization, birthing assistance and education in the biggest slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Even though they are in the city they do not have access to electricity or basic living needs, so our solar lights were very useful in meeting the needs of the children there.
As the clinic is set up there full time, Tazin's associates and social workers will be able to keep an eye on the lights and make sure that they are being used appropriately.
We are so thankful for our partnership with such an incredibly successful organization like Spreeha!
We had such a successful time in Myanmar! It was amazing to see a country that has only been open since 2011. The formerly “authoritarian and Soviet-style economic management” system that ran the country has been changed and the new government is making slow but steady moves towards a democratically run country.
Andrew and Jo traveled with Dr. Moe to Kamarnut Village near Bago. Dr. Moe has very successfully established a school for children who cannot afford the uniforms necessary to attend the government schools. We met with the headmaster and teachers there and set up a "Light Library" where children can borrow a lights to read and do homework at night.
We left lights at two village schools in the mountains. The first school was located in Chaung Namhsan.
Miss Tin Tin Hla, the headmistress at the first school, spoke a little English and we were able to get the information across using charades and "Pictionary". She was so thankful to us it just warmed us through to the core! The school was let out for the day, but there were still quite a few children there and we were able to meet and hang out with some of the little ones for a while. It is amazing how these people with very little were able to gather enough to teach the next generation.
We ended up staying out in the villages in people's homes because there were no hotels or guesthouses within a 50-mile radius. The folks were so sweet, hospitable and welcoming. One of the villages we spent the night in was Ka Yar Gyi, where we stayed in the 'headman's' home. The only person in the village who spoke English was the headmaster of the school. His name is Ko San Maung, and he was pleased to give us a tour of the village and school house
Our time in Nepal was incredible! We went to visit our partner organization, Rukmini Foundation, located in Pharping. The stories that we heard of the children in this village was proof enough to know that we had set up our project in a deserving area. The Extend the Day team distributed 300 lights to this area.
This little girl in the picture to the left is a student at one of Rukmini Foundations schools. She is in 7th grade and she lives with her mother. Their little 10x10ft shake has no electricity, and the stream of smoke coming off the candle flame fills the small house quickly. Hearing her describe what it is like to have to study by candle light is heart breaking, the burning eyes, the coughing and tight breathing. When a light is shone on the walls, you can see where the line of black soot has stained the walls. The excitement in her eyes when she received the light was priceless!