You may have heard that we plan to install solar panels at Lewa Children’s Home in Eldoret, Kenya.
But you may be asking yourself, “why solar power?”
The answer is simple. We want to provide a brighter future for African children, and solar power does precisely that for the children of Lewa.
How does solar power help the children of Lewa?
Energy costs are a big drain on resources that could otherwise be used to provide food, housing, and education to these children. By installing solar panels at the orphanage, energy costs are lowered and thus more resources can be allocated to provide for these critical needs.
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Thank you for all of your support.
“One day I will be Dr. Daniel Kabweza,” says Daniel, who thanks to our supporters was able to not just attend school, but excel. He is now set to graduate and looks forward to going to university to study medicine.
Daniel is one of 58 primary and high school students in Zimbabwe who has benefited from our school fee assistance program for the past several years.As explained by our Executive Director Bethelhem Tessema, once a child is accepted into the program, we feel a duty to fund their education through high school graduation. “Once we start paying, we continue,” says Beth.
The future wasn’t always so bright for Daniel
“I lost my parents when I was very young and lived in the villages with my grandparents and some family members,” he told us. “Life for me and my sister was very hard in the hands of some relatives.”
And while some might give up all hope and believe there is no future for them, Daniel did not.
He did not know how it would happen, but he had faith – a faith that was realized through the generosity of our supporters and the love and dedication provided to him by our partner there, Margaret Makambira, founder and director of the Shinga Development Trust.
While it is because of our supporters that we are able to provide the funding for our school fee assistance program, it is Margaret who is able to spot those “diamonds in the rough” such as Daniel and enable them to reach their full potential – oftentimes more than they even realize for themselves.
His dream is to become a doctor.
“I had a dream to become educated and become a medical doctor one day, but I did not know how this was going to be without a reliable source of funding until my friends took me to a Shinga program where I was selected to benefit from your education funding,” Daniel told us.
“This made me work harder at school and this year I finished high school,” he added. “I know I will pass and qualify for university. Thank you for your kindness and love. I have hope for a very bright future. God bless you all.”
Our supporters made Daniel’s story possible.
And thanks to our supporters, hundreds of students just like Daniel have the opportunity not only to attend school but to successfully complete their education every year.
We work with amazing partners in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Zambia to provide loving homes for orphaned and abandoned children. At these orphanages, children find a loving, caring home where they truly become family. These children receive nutritious food and the healthcare and education they need to become happy, healthy, and successful adults.
Our Kenya partner, Lewa Children’s Home was founded by our international spokesperson Phyllis Keino who more than three decades ago began taking in orphaned and abandoned children. Shinga Development Trust in Zimbabwe serves hundreds of children and adults instilling in them hope for a better life. Kabwata Orphanage and Transit Centre in Zambia provides a loving home for about 60 children.
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Earlier this year, we ran pipes from a clean water source about two miles away from the Kebeneti SDA Dispensary in Kericho, Kenya so it would no longer have to rely on rainwater collected in storage tanks and now have access to all the water they need for patients, staff, and to keep the facility clean.
However, what remained lacking was hot water, meaning that they had to boil water for sterilization, washing, and bathing.
The good news for the clinic, located in the highlands west of Rift Valley about 25 miles from the equator, is that sunshine is abundant throughout the year.
To remedy that situation, this fall, with the continued generosity of our supporters, we took the next step by installing a solar water heating system on the roofs of buildings on the clinic compound to provide hot water for doctors and staff to use when showering and washing their hands, and also to aid in keeping the dispensary more sanitary.
And, as noted by dispensary manager Titus Korir, “Solar power is a cheap source of energy which can be sustained for a long time.”