Lights for Learning

Lights for Learning

According to a World Bank report, published in February 2017, 60% of the Kenyan population has access to electricity but only 30% of rural Kenyan households are connected to the national grid. Approximately 80% of rural households depend primarily on fossil fuels for their lighting needs such as kerosene, candles and firewood. This is expensive, unsustainable, dangerous and environmentally harmful. Lighting should be safe, clean and affordable to all.

It is estimated that roughly 3 million children in rural Kenya try to complete their homework at night by light from the cooking fire or by a kerosene lantern because they are usually occupied with chores in the daylight hours after school. Their academic performance is largely undermined due to lack of adequate lighting. It is these children we seek to help!

The NECF’s Lights for Learning Program enables school going children, in rural communities, to study in a safer and cleaner environment by providing affordable solar lanterns. Since 2012, NECF has provided 5,203 Kenyan children with solar lights in 72 schools across the country.

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