Monthly Archives: February 2012

Love that blackboard paint!

Blackboard ready

This classroom is ready for teaching. Chalkboard paint transported from Vancouver has been applied to the wall at the front of the classrooms, and local kids and adults have been testing it out while they eagerly wait for classes to begin – school registration and permitting in its final stages!

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Solar Kiosk with Shopkeeper Zacharia – January 2012

This solar kiosk micro-business is the first of its kind in Tanzania! The concept is the design of students at London’s Imperial College, UK. This off-grid mini solar power station not only generates power and an income stream to help our school, but also provides green power through a battery exchange system for the entire community. It is housed in our school-in-a-box cargo container with teachers’ quarters above. This solar project was made possible by a generous donation from Solarville of Canada, a family run solar business.

Zacharia oversees the recharging of our rental battery units which come with LED lights so villagers can illuminate their homes in the evenings for the first time.  Once the batteries are depleted, customers walk over to Zacharia at the Kiosk, pay a nominal fee and exchange their flat battery for a fully charged one.

Cell phones can also be recharged here for 300 Tanzanian shillings. A huge convenience for locals that previously had a 45 minute trek to the next closest place to recharge – carefully timing it between power outages that occur daily and weekly. The sun comes out every day, so we love reliable, non polluting solar!!

We did it! A new school on the other side of the planet – ready for business!

A new community school for Kanenwa Village, Fumagila Ward

This is the view of our wonderful little village school from the water well, providing safe clean drinking water offered free to the community. The ladies say it is their insurance policy for the dry seasons when other water sources dry and the earth cracks. An amazing team effort we should be proud of! Well done.

Playground ready for action!

Check out our fun village school playground, generously sponsored by the Varshney family of Vancouver. All wood for the playground came from BC and was transported in the school-in-a-box donated cargo container with complimentary transportation around the world, thanks to DP World and HMM – two of our key corporate sponsors. The cargo container can be seen in the background and is now the permanent first floor of our teacher’s apartment building and mini solar power plant. How cool is that!?! Thank you all for making this project happen.