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Light4Literacy a Light4Village Project

• Doing homework by fire light is nearly impossible. • Sharing a kerosene lamp makes it impractical to do schoolwork. • Time and energy spent fetching firewood can be used for learning. • Kerosene, candles are unhealthy and batteries are expensive.

I Saw the Light

“My name is Musabyemariya. I was born in Rwanda. When I was growing up our daily routine included picking up firewood, fetching water, and looking after the cows.

We could only do schoolwork on weekends during the daytime. We ate evening meals under moonlight to economize on firewood and kerosene. Until today my hometown has no electricity. Two years ago, my family received a Light 4 Village solar kit that changed our lives. Recently, my sister reminded me of the moonlight, firewood smoke, kerosene lamps, and the sore eyes that were once a part of our daily lives. We no longer have to worry that darkness will put an end to evening schoolwork. Most importantly, no more sore eyes and headaches from the fumes. In Rwanda, we have sunlight all year round to create electricity. My parents save money because, they no longer buy kerosene for light and homework is possible until bedtime.”


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Light4Literacy a Light4Village Project

Need for Cleaner and Affordable Light

More than 80% of families in Sub-Sahara Africa and many other parts of underdeveloped countries miss out on the benefits enjoyed by those who live in cities and who can afford electricity. Families use firewood and kerosene for cooking and lighting despite the fact that this increases deforestation and air pollution. This is a huge health and environmental concern. Smoke from burning firewood and fumes from kerosene are a health hazard that affect everyone including infants and school children. Cost associated with a modern light bulb and batteries for a flashlight or a small AM/FM Radio is beyond the scope of subsistence livelihood of most villagers. They may afford an AM/FM radio, but batteries are extremely expensive given that those families live on less than one dollar per day They have no idea of what is happening in their own country let alone the other parts of the world. Information related to important topics such as education, peace and reconciliation, birth control, AIDS prevention, and sanitation go unheard. • Doing homework by fire light is nearly impossible. • Sharing a kerosene lamp between pupils and other family members makes it impractical to do schoolwork. • Time and energy spent fetching firewood could be used for better development projects. • Kerosene, candles, and batteries are expensive Solution — Africa is blessed with plenty of sunlight all year round; therefore solar power can make this an issue of yesterday. For example, families in Rwanda and Tanzania who received Light 4 Village solar kits are thankful because their school children are able to read and study during the night. Even neighboring children are intrigued by the light and choose to hangout and study under a modern light bulb.


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