Saturday, March 26, 2016

Solar Lamp Project 2016

Preamble
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School is located within Nakuru County in Kenya.  Nyakinyua is an agricultural area where most of the parents are small scale farmers.  Most families own land, subdivided in portions of one acre each.  Up to 100 percent of the people in the community live in semi-permanent houses.  These structures can last up to 10 years before they become unstable and collapse.  Such houses lack basic necessities like running water and electricity.  For the majority, having even two meals a day is not possible. 

The average Nyakinyuan household earns around 200 Ksh (Kenyan Shillings), which is approximately $2 U.S. dollars, per day for the entire family.  From this meager income, parents are expected to feed, clothe, house, and educate their children, in addition to funding other family needs.  Providing lights for their children to do their homework is thus an insurmountable task.
 
Academic Benefits
The DLight S2 solar lamps that were provided to the candidate class in 2014 completely transformed the lives of Dagoretti Nyakinyua students, as well as for the Nyakinyua community at large.  The class registered was very impressive in performance at the end of that year.   In the five examinable subjects, the mean score improved from 218 to 241.  However in the year that followed (2015) students were not provided with solar lamps, and the mean score sharply dropped to 208.  It is therefore imperative to note that there was/is a direct correlation between student’s performance and the availability of solar lamps. 

Financial Benefits
The second benefit was economic welfare.  Once DLight S2 solar lamps were obtained, no other costs were incurred for lighting houses during the night hours (no need for kerosene).  The Nyakinyua parents were therefore able to save the little earnings they made for uses, other than kerosene lighting.  Families without solar lamps will have to continue to buy kerosene to light their houses.  This is a daily expenditure that impacts heavily on the parent’s meager finances. 

Social Benefits
DLightS2 solar lamps that were provided in 2014 were not only utilized by students, but by the entire household, which, according to parents, brought the families together.  Another benefit of having solar lamps was that they promoted neighborliness.  Neighbors/students without solar lamps would congregate where there were solar lamps, and they too would be able to do their homework at no extra cost to their households. 

Environmental Conservation
Solar lamps do not emit environmentally hazardous gases like kerosene lamps.  Eye diseases have been reduced significantly because the solar lamps do not emit spoke or other forms of gas. 

In Conclusion
Currently, the Dagoretti Nyakinyua School has a student population of 912.  Multiple students in attendance come from 560 single households (Figures reported in previous posts were estimated. Figures on this post are accurate and up-to-date).  As explained above, the provision of solar lamps would not only boost student’s academic achievements, but the overall community, as well.
 
As a school, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to those who have worked with us to emancipate the Nyakinyua Community, by giving hope to our children.  We salute you, Donna Patton, Jlin (Jerrilynn Patton), friends and associates for your generous support up to now.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in positively impacting the lives of our children.  Thank you, again!

Compiled and written by: 
Agribusiness Club, Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
Nyakinyua Community, Molo, Kenya

Nyakinyua Rise!                     

Donna Patton
1/20/2016
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
Nyakinyua Community Empowerment Program

Founders
Dagoretti Nyakinyua School
c/o Bisnah Kiwara, Teacher/School Administrator/Project Overseer
P.O. BOX 438
Molo, Kenya 20106

Abrah-Cove Publishing - NCEP
c/o Donna Patton, Project Administrator/Coordinator & Principle Donor
Indiana  USA

Sponsor
Jlin  (USA)