Access to electricity is key in advancing educational outcomes in Kenya. Although, most schools have access to the national power grid, electricity was not always accessible for St PatricksUkwala Girls’ Primary School, which a total student population of 250 girls (ages 5-14yrs). This number include boarding students who are the upper classes. The school was subject to numerous weekly/monthly power outages and blackouts which meant computer classes were cancelled and the girls strained their eyes from using toxic kerosene and paraffin lamps during evening studies which affected their eyesight. iGLOW sponsored the installation of a solar panel; a safe, reliable and affordable alternative lighting that equips classrooms, dorm rooms and teachers’ rooms with solar energy.
The installation of the solar panels has made it possible for the girls to safely study in the evening and early morning studies.