Board members Ed Bourke and Mick Charles visited Zimbabwe to see the progress of the current solar programs in place. They visited Harare with the Rotary Club of Harare West, Chishawke with African Wildlife Conservation Fund, Victoria Falls with Children in the Wilderness, and Lake Kariba with Padenga Holdings. They distributed solar room lights to the children at schools ranging from primary to high school, visited with teachers, assisted with solar panel installation, and engaged in many positive conversations in regard to continuing and expanding on the great impacts of solar energy in these areas. Many thanks to all of these partners along with Zambezi Schoolbook Project for helping us to continue our mission to light the lives of those most in need.
Board members Ed, Gigi, and Kristen (along with their daughters) partnered up with Dave Hansen, founder of Helping Hands for Haiti. They visited the Helping Hands for Haiti mission house along with three schools in Petite Riviere, Jumelle, and Maugar to distribute solar lamps to the children. Through this partnership, 3,000 solar book lamps have been able to be donated to the Maugar region of Haiti.
Board Members Ed Bourke, Jeff Lochner and Mick Charles paid a visit to Botswana & Zimbabwe in order to see the progress the solar room lights have made. They spent time distributing lights in the areas near Gaborone, Kasane, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, and Harare. They also helped with the installation of a solar panel system at Tongogara Refugee Camp. Special thanks to Botswana Book Project, Children in the Wilderness, African Wildlife Conservation Fund & Zambezi School Book Project for helping us organize these efforts.
Ed Bourke and board member Mick Charles visited Tanzania & Kenya to distribute solar room lights as well as help with the installation of solar panels. The team successfully installed several solar panels (lighting a total of 100 libraries in Tanzania) allowing children to study at night and distributed 600 solar room lights to schools in both Tanzania and Kenya. Additionally, 500 solar room lights have been sent to Ghana and 400 more solar lights have been distributed in Kenya. The team was able to assist the Singida Regional Commissioner (Governor), Dr Parseko Kone, and the PEN Trust team with the installation of 65 solar panel systems for libraries throughout the area. Your generosity and support made it possible to bring light to these wonderful children.