WOL Solar Lights





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Project Description

Country: Kenya

Location: NRT area

Total Budget: $3,750

Area of Focus: Community economic development

Activity Type: Education: Literacy

Summary: 75 lights provided to identified needy families in the Northern Rangeland Trust area of Kenya (Lewa Conservency)

A distribution of these lights will occur in Northern Kenya where people live in small villages in homes with no windows or light typically made from sticks, mud, or dung with no electricity. The homes are extremely dark all day long. Most homes in this area use battery torches (flashlights) that are very dim or use kerosene for light as well as heating & cooking. Both lighting resources prove to be unhealthy and inadequate for daily living tasks and studying. The batteries & kerosene represent a large portion of their income which leaves very little for food & sustenance. Receiving a light means better education (kids can study longer into the day), more productivity (women can make their beaded jewelry to sell after the kids go to bed & men can farm or fish before dawn without danger of animal attacks), more community (women get together with 1 or 2 lights to do their beadwork as a group), all while starting their journey out of poverty. They will be taught the premise of "old money" and "new money". Old money is what they were spending on batteries & kerosene. They box that the light comes in serves as a "bank" in which they put their old money into every day. They are encouraged to take that saved money and invest it so that their financial situation can improve exponentially. Chickens, goats, cows, camels translate into new money and with that new money comes safety, security, & possibilities. As we teach them to say, "Akaidemi" (It is possible). This continues the Lighthouse Project in the NRT and we will again work in conjunction with NRT & the Rotary Club of Isiolo and enlist 1-3 additional CLubs: Celebration, Thika Road, and Magharibi (all Nairobi). The training & involvement of these local partners insures sustainability and the ability to distribute to even more families in need.

This would be the second District 5495 request by RC Goodyear PebbleCreek and is our second priority for Dist. 5495 funding after our Christmas Food Baskets.

Project Contact Person

District: 5495

Rotary Club of: Goodyear PebbleCreek

Primary Contact: Colleen Malany

Email: colleen.gypcrotary@gmail.com

Project Status

Fully Pledged
This project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the club signature process. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2024-25 Rotary Year.

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Goodyear PebbleCreek (5495)









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by Colleen Malany

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