Greetings from Rape Hurts Foundation (RHF)
Yesterday we were doing a Monitoring and Evaluation for our Solar Light Project Ref the Lights you sent us. We wish to tell you about, Mrs. Robinah Nabirye Mukyala a 67yr single Granny who has a full time parent role of raising and providing for 6 grandchildren who were left to her when her 2 sons died of HIV/AIDS. Robinah who received a solar light from the ones you sent, confessed that her 7yr old grand daughter – Annette, who had been revising/reading/doing her home work on fire places, and had been suffering from a serious eyes problem, completely healed once she started using solar light while doing her school homework, she believes that the smoke from the fire place was the one causing the problem. She is so grateful to One Million Lights for counting her worthy to receive that light. Her testimony touched us and we thought we could share with you.
Evaluation after the distribution of solar lamps
After a while there was an evaluation on how and how well the solar lights worked. Uganda Rural Elderly Support came up with a questionnaire and interviews recipients of the lamps during the past months.
The evaluation showed that a solar light is good in at least three levels:
1. Provides better health because of less smoke in the home (No more pollution).
2. Fighting poverty because it reduces the cost of paraffin/kerosene. (Cost saving).They have saved some money for other usages like treatments, school fees for the grandchildren and other home necessities.
3. Provide better education because they can better do homework at night thus the grades in school goes up,
4. One can use the lamp to be able to sit outside in the evening and socialize with family and friends.
5. No more having supper outside the house with the help of the moonlight.
Some of the interviewed argued with a smile that a third usefulness of solar lights is that they can reduce overpopulation, since there is not much else to do in rural villages after dark than to produce children. When there is light there is something else to do.
Bringing Energy to Rural Parts of Africa
Kachango Primary school is a rural based school which is located 25 KM from the Nation electricity grid North West of Pallisa east of Uganda. The school does not have any lighting facility neither do household. Whereas some members of the community can afford Kerosene (which is degrading to health and the environment) and local candle wax (Missubawa), the majority households cannot. This among others has affected the outcome of pupil’s education. Therefore, any friendly and health source of lighting can help to answer very many development questions.