Mambanje Primary School Solar Lights Project

Lack of electric power means that scholars are unable to continue with their studies after dark. Many students currently depend on fires or candles to do their reading and homework.

Key Points

- Mambanje is one of the most remote and underdeveloped communities in the Hwange Region
- Lack of electricity means students currently depend on fires or candles to do their reading and homework
- Grade 7 pass rate is currently 43%, community has identified lack of adequate study time as a major contributor to poor these statistics
- The community has asked for all Grade 6 and 7 students to receive solar light to use at home for study purposes in the evening
- Solar powered lights present an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution

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Mambanje Primary School Solar Lights Project

The Mambanje Community
Mambanje is one of the most remote and underdeveloped communities in the Hwange Region. The African Bush Camps Foundation has partnered with the community in addressing their development issues, having engaged with the community over the past 10 years; supporting income-generating projects and helping to develop the only school in the area through improved infrastructure and resources. Other areas of partnership have been through capacity building and school fees support of orphaned and vulnerable children.

Solar lights for Mambanje school children
One of the major challenges still affecting the students in Mambanje is lack of electrical power. The lack of electric power means that scholars are unable to continue with their studies after dark as there are no resources available for them to do so. The students currently depend on fires or candles to do their reading and homework. The grade 7 pass rate is currently at 43% and the community has identified lack of adequate study time as a major contributor to the poor statistics. The community has therefore asked for all its Grade 6 and 7 students to receive solar light to use at home for study purposes in the evening. Having lighting at home will be an added advantage so that they are able to fully utilize their new library. Solar powered lights also present an environmentally friendly and sustainable way of helping the community in its goal of educating their children.

Mambanje High School Budget

- Increased opportunity for study and reading time for students - Ability for children and adults alike to enjoy educational activities after dark - Less dependency on fire and firewood to provide light at night - Abundant sunlight in the area means a reliable, clean and consistent form of lighting

Please contact us on foundation@africanbushcamps.com for information on costings for these solar lighting solutions. They are sourced locally in Zimbabwe & Botswana, and prices vary.

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