For about $10 a safe, clean solar light has a profound impact on both children’s education and on the well-being of the communities through the School Campaigns.
Head teachers are an integral part of how we work. Once SunnyMoney has identified a suitable location to conduct a school campaign we approach an education authority in the respective country for permission to approach the regional heads who then facilitate introductions to the head teachers.
The teachers receive training on how to use and care for the solar lights. They then return with a sample light which they also use to educate their students and the community at large. In addition to understanding how the solar lights work and their economic, health and environmental benefits the head teachers are also made aware of the devastating effects of kerosene. Upon their return to their school, the head teachers collect orders that are delivered to them two to four weeks later by SunnyMoney.
“The number of students who go to secondary school has gone up and our school has got higher student attendance.” --Patrick Nyerenda, Teacher, Malawi
“The educational impact of thousands of solar lights in once-dark homes can be measured around Bomet. In the evenings, they have been working small miracles.” --Christopher Sigei, Area Education Officer, Kenya
“I used to read (study) until 7:00 p.m. Now I can up to 10:00 p.m. I want to become a doctor.” --Enock Kimutai, Student, Kenya
“I have increased balanced diet for my children, they are now eating a well-balanced meal most of the times [with the savings from reduced kerosene use].” --Agustina Dismas, Parent, Tanzania
For their Next Generation Child Impact Series, the William Davidson Institute (WDI), University of Michigan, published a case study called Access to Clean Lighting and Its Impact on Children: An Exploration of SolarAid’s SunnyMoney. A summary of their findings, regarding the impact of entry-level study lights on children aged eight and under in Kenya and Tanzania, is quoted below.
“We found that once a solar lamp is purchased, families begin to save money in the long term, by reducing kerosene costs and kerosene-related medical expenses — enabling more financial resources to be channelled toward their children’s needs. We also found the increased ability for customers’ children to study longer hours, and spend more time with parents and siblings on educational activities. These children also benefit from the reduced exposure to kerosene’s toxic fumes and reduced risk of burns. In addition, children in the community benefit from the improved quality of ambient air and reduced emission of carbon dioxide, released when burning kerosene.” William Davidson Institute - University of Michigan