Health Education Africa Resource Team (HEART) Solar Lighting Project


Western Kenya


Rick Levy, LUA executive director, was able to see the success first hand.

Rick Levy, LUA executive director, was able to see the success first hand.

For years, Lift Up Africa has partnered with HEART to provided greenhouses to several communities through out rural Kenya. Now these communities benefit from Solar Lighting.

Currently communities have kerosene lamps and the many problems that come with them. Many women die of smoke related illnesses and the price of kerosene is so high that families can not always use their lamps making homework impossible.

In early May, Larry Donnaho, a board member of LUA, accompanied a group from heart to distribute the solar lights. The LUA-funded solar light project has provided solar lamps for 220 households!

Evidence has shown that the children grades improve with this educational tool that empowers

them to study at night. The lamp also is a health advantage as they are not breathing kerosene and many have had eye related troubles which is exasperated by the kerosene funds.

A child is presented with a sunlite lamp.

A child is presented with a sunlite lamp.

This product also has a plug on the side so they can charge cell phones – so it is an Income Generating tool (as rural Kenyan’s that have cell phones spend between $.50 to a $1.00 a week charging their phones!). The light will be able to charge their neighbors cell phones and earn an income. Plus the cost saving benefits in kerosene and charging their phones!

A teacher of the students who have received the solar lamps told him:

Academically, there is a great change in learning. I have come to realize that some pupils have moved to their neighbors who have received solar lamps for evening learning.
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