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UPDATE - Feb 2018This quarter our brilliant student at Edith Gvora High School (name reserved), conducted a wonderful experiment to see how school children's performance improve when they were given solar lanterns. She only chose school girls because she felt it is important to help girls have more time for study so they can pass their examination and go to higher level of education. TAHUDE Foundation provided her with 60 solar lanterns (purchased through generous support from Women in Science - WiSci 2017 Small Grant) for experiment and mentorship. She compared the performance of girls in their first examination (before she gave them the solar lanterns) and after they use solar lantern for one month. She also evaluated the attendance of parents in the meetings she conducted with the girls at Gongali Primary School. Detailed for the findings of this experiment is available at your request, if you need it. Please write to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. But in short, the students who failed in their first examination performed very well (some of them up to 200% increment on examination marks they scored) after they were given solar lanterns so they had extra time for study and preparation for the second examination. Please kindly write to us if you are interested to hear more about this fantastic experiment. PROBLEM THAT WAS SOLVED: The problem is caused by poverty and ignorance (lack of awareness). Parents of failing girls are poor. They cannot afford to buy light for their children study during extra time. Those who might be able to buy at least a solar lantern are not aware of where to get those products and if it can help to improve the performance of their children in school. Many girls in primary schools in my village fail examination because they have no enough time to study at home. There is no electricity for them to study at night and during the day the girls help their parents to do home activities like fetching water, cooking, and taking care of small children (babies). In the night and early morning those girls have free time but again they cannot study because it is dark and there is no electricity. Lack of electricity in my community is a big problem affecting the performance of pupils. Girls in Primary schools in my village fail because they have no time to study at night or early morning because they have no light for study THANKS FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT TO MAKE BIGGER IMPACT IN 2018!
UPDATE - Dec 2016We are so excited that at last we have TURNED OFF the Kerosene Lamps in Karatu District on 20th Nov. 2016. This was a ground-breaking event attended by thousands of people and covered by about 10 Journalists from National TVs like TBC, ITV, Star TV, Radios, Magazine, etc. Before the public address, students from 6 different schools made demonstrations/parade throughout Karatu Town to proclaim the celebration of TURNING OFF the Kerosene Lamps in Karatu District. This was a symbolic event benchmarking the end of OLD TECHNOLOGY of using Kerosene and BEGINNING of new era of using solar lanterns in Karatu District. In total we have reached 1,750 school children in Karatu. Our plan is to IMPACT 10,000 children within 2017. The future of this project is brighter with serious commitment from various GlobalGiving donors like the lady in London (we keep her anonymous) who contributed up to GBP 1,000 in single donation that was also matched by 50% bonus from GlobalGiving. In fact we raised more than GBP 13,000 in single fund-raising season of few weeks that ended in Oct 2016. With time, we are witnessing serious engagement of our partners and supporters world-wide. We are convinced for sure that the TIME HAS COME to end kerosene poisoning in rural Africa. Solar lanterns are increasing the convenience to students and academic improvement. THANKS for your IMPACT. Please let us know how you would like to be involved at higher level, as you wish. We are open-minded to partner with you - the need is so big with more than 20 million kids living in rural Tanzania. They all need light for study. THANKS FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT ..................end of Dec 2016 Report..............
UPDATE - Aug 2016MADE IN TANZANIA! MADE IN TANZANIA! How I wished to see this mark on every item found in our shops in Tanzania! Now, through the sponsorship of GlobalGiving, its partners, and its generous donors my young brothers and sisters are enjoying this opportunity. These are Edith Gvora School Children living deep in the rural village in Tanzania making solar lanterns to be used in their community. I wished someone gave me this chance when I was at their age! As you can see in the attached photos and videos, students and little kids demonstrate their love for science and innovation. They learn far better by ACTION than through memorizing books. Our gratitude: We are so grateful to be given a golden opportunity to be selected for an exclusive matching opportunity specifically for our renewable energy work and funded by Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) - a GlobalGiving partner. GVEP is focused on accelerating access to energy for communities that lack modern energy services. The campaign ran from February 17, 2016 until March 7, 2016 in which ten organizations were competing for 50% top-up matching fund from a total of GBP 10,000 that was set aside. We hit number two position after a fierce fundraising competition in which we fundraised USD 7,800. With these funds we bought solar lanterns that we are now selling to children in rural Tanzania at a subsidized price. Please kindly expect exciting updates through our future reports.
WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT!
These are some videos on solar lanterns MADE IN TANZANIA
Science in ACTION in rural village of Gongali in Arusha-Tanzania
Tanzanian Kids ENJOY a solar lantern MADE IN TANZANIA!..................end of Aug 2016 Report..............
UPDATE - Nov 2015SCHOOL CHILDREN HOLDING SOLAR LANTERNS MADE IN TANZANIA In partnership with Dr. Hong K. Choi from Solar Mission in Tanzania, Gongali Model is now scalling-up the piloted project of MAKING SOLAR LANTERNS IN TANZANIA. Through GlobalGiving (Click here) OR another chanel of your interest, we humbly invite you to extend your support for this initiative, as your end-of-year GIFT to remember young Africans who are rising up socio-economically!
MADE IN TANZANIAPreviously, we were importing solar lanterns from abroad, but now WE MAKE IN TANZANIA; (Click Here to DONATE for Homemade SOLAR LANTERNS)
Project Set-upThe project of Making Solar Lanterns in Tanzania will be done at the Gongali Empower Community Center which is adjacent to Edith Gvora High School in Gongali village. The center is owned by Gongali Model Co.Ltd and therefore it will be made available for FREE to school teachers and children who will be fabricating the solar lanterns. The center is selected since it has facilities like TV for training and 800 W solar power for soldering the solar lantern, while the school has no those facilities. Five (5) teachers and fifty (50) students will attend a one week workshop on preparing one hundred (100) handmade/homemade solar lanterns at a total cost of USD 2,000.
Project Impact with your donotion of USD 2,000 or part ofThe project will have very long lasting impact on the education of the students in the intervention village. Other than education, there will be noticeable impact on environment and economy: * It will provide 30,000 extra study hours per year (Assuming one extra hour of study per day, for 300 days in a year) * It will save nearly 3,600 liters of kerosene per year (Assuming 3 liters/month/family for kerosene) * It wills save 10,000 kg of CO2 emission (Assuming 1 liter of kerosene burhning emits about 2.5 kg of CO2) * It will save 4,460 US$ per year for the benefiting families. Also foreign exchange for importing kerosene will be reserved (One litter of kerosene in Tanzania is $ 1.23) * It will create direct employment for the entrepreneurs who will conduct assembly and distribution/sales, and other indirect jobs eg. transportation * The funds obtained from the sales of the solar lanterns will be injected back to purchase new items to make new solar lanterns (revolving fund). * Most importantly, our solar lamp will contribute to educational capacity building to all beneficiaries - school teachers and children. The great first president of Tanzania Julius K. Nyerere once said,"if real development is to take place, the people have to be involved"......and at NM-AIST there is motto, "Academia for Society and Industry".
DisseminationThe success of the project will be exhibited at the Nelson Mandela week at NM-AIST in Mid July 2016. The success story will be shared with the wider community that will be attending the Mandela Week, including many schools that surround NM-AIST. Our sponsors will be acknowledged whenever we disseminate our success story via TV, Radio, Newspapers, social media, exhibitions, conferences, website, etc. ..................end of Nov 2015 Report..............
UPDATE - Sept 2015This quarter of 2015 was very exciting to TAHUDE Foundation for two reasons: (1) We were PHYSICALLY visited by the GlobalGiving representative (Kelly Kurz). We were so happy to learn a lot from Kelly's presentation and site visit - based on his AMAZING insights on how to scale-up our initiative and many other PRACTICAL lessons. We visited beneficiaries of our project - school kids and their families. We went to their schools and few homes to see how much they enjoy our product/solar lanters. The school kids, their families, and teachers were very grateful to the sponsors who helped them through GlobalGiving. For anyone with an experience of working in Africa must admit what I mean - there are many places in rural areas where school kids cannot study after the sun set OR they still depend on harmful kerosene lamps and burners. The solar lanterns are still expensive - that is why we asked GlobalGiving and its partners to subsidize the solar lanters to make it affordable for kids in rural areas to purchase - THANKS FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT. (2) Our second success story this quarter is that our project leader, Askwar Hilonga, won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, sponsored by the British Royal Academy of Engineering. This prize/award is very important for Tanzania and Africa at large because many young people in African and other developing countries need to witness the real success story of local innovators who work with their grass-root community - influencial people who have decided to GIVE BACK TO THEIR COMMUNITIES. In this case Hilonga is now a ROLE MODEL. We expect another quarter of outstanding activities - KEEP CONNECTED - WE WILL UPDATE YOU REGULARLY (Click Here for More information) ..................end of Sept 2015 Report..............
UPDATE - June 2015This quarter we are reporting OUTSTANDING achievement. One of our product, low-cost water filter, won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, Sponsored by The Royal Academy of Engineering. During my presentation for the competition, I was proud to show GLOBALGIVING as one of our partners. As you can see in the attached photos, Volunteering University students have been so MOTIVATED and are grateful to be involved in our initiative. These volunteers now aggressively sell our solar lanters to their home towns/villages to replicate what they leant in GONGALI VILLAGE MODEL. Unfortunately, our capacity to purchase the solar lanterns is now very low to handle the high interest shown by the students. With your increased support we will be able to engage many students and teachers at primary schools, secondary, to university. We will continuously give reports and we WELCOME you to Tanzania to witness this flourishing local initiative started by Africans in Africa for Africans. THANKS FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT! (Click Here for More information) ..................end of June 2015 Report..............
UPDATE - March 2015We started very simple BUT now our initiative is attracting young and vibrant university students. This time (Feb - March 2015) we received five (5) volunteer students from Arusha University who wanted to learn our impact in Gongali Village, Karatu. The students were so much INSPIRED by our work in Gongali - and were challenged to start the similar initiatives to their communities back home. Among other things, the students surveyed households to see the number of households who adopted our initiative for solar power Vs. Kerosene. The chart in the picture below show how far we have gone by Mid-March 2015. It is evident that the battle against kerosene is still strong BUT our effort is SIGNIFICANTLY EVIDENT. We thank you for your contribution to STAND WITH US, as we struggle to WIPE AWAY KEROSENE from our community. Note that Kerosene is expensive, harmful to respiratory system, none-renewable, etc. Still it is NOT easy to convince people to stop using it and move to renewable energy even as simple as the solar lantern. Our persistence presence in the midst of our community will surely change the situation. THANKS FOR YOUR RELENTLESS SUPPORT! (Click Here for More information) ..................end of March 2015 Report.............. (Click Here for More information) It was like a dream, and you will agree why? Just imagine, when E3Empower social enterprise (a company from USA) saw our initiative on GlobalGiving they took it VERY SERIOUSLY! As I am writting to you now, I am glad to let you know that the E3Empower Team visited Tanzania last week to strengthen our effort to ensure that MANY Tanzanian kids get solar lanterns. Truly, our dream is becoming a reality and WE WILL ALWAYS CHERISH YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTION! You enabled us to start the fire! I hope this fire will "GROW BIG" and will get supporters from various places around the world. I strongly believe that your passion will EXPLODE as you see the pictures of Tanzanian kids holding the solar lanterns that you PAID FOR!........of course they also contributed BUT they could not afford the FULL price, as it is in the market. See the picture that shows how their "DETAILED" records are kept very carefully! Some University students also were highly motivated to join the effort of GONGALI MODEL. They are now passionate to take the solar lanterns initiative to their home villages. One more breaking news is that we have now opened an EMPOWER COMMUNITY CENTER in one of the villages in Tanzania called GONGALI. This is now our distribution point for Solar Lanterns and other similar initiatives. In short I am just saying THANK YOU SO MUCH for making our dream a reality. We are now halfway our plan of raising USD 10,000 that can touch the lives of 1,000 school children. With the lacking amount, about USD 4,730, we will accomplish our first mission of distributing "discounted price" solar lanterns to 1000 Tanzanian school children WITHIN the first quarter of this year, 2014. Please continue to give us your generous support and, this time, please kindly involve your MANY friends! WELCOME TO TANZANIA and witness the MIRACLES of the lives you blessed, as E3Empower Team did. OUR GRATITUDE TO GLOBALGIVING for providing us with GLOBAL FRIENDS! GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY!
At Kinihhe Primary School - 12 Feb 2013.....END OF GONGALI MODEL'S PROGRESS ON SOLAR LANTERN PROJECT.....
GONGALI MODEL is Working on Solar Lantern for SchoolsEffective from 25th November 2013 (Click Here for More information) Project Title: Provide Solar Lantern to Tanzanian School Children Project Summary: 44% of Tanzanian's 44.6 million population is under 14 years old. The majority of these are school children, mostly in rural areas where 94% of households still depend on firewood for domestic energy and kerosene for lighting. This project will enable 1,000 poor/marginalized Tanzanian school children in rural areas to purchase solar lanterns at a QUARTER OF MARKET PRICE. It will save 9,000 Lts of kerosene/year, equal to $12,857 and 25,000 Kg of CO2 emission; and increase their school performance What is the Problem/Challenge: In rural Tanzania, Women and Children are mostly affected due to poisonous gas from burnt kerosene used for home-lighting and study. Also some poor families do not afford to purchase sufficient kerosene. Due to the prohibiting price of kerosene ($1.43/Lt), most of the children do not get sufficient study time at night - consequently majority of them fail (according to NECTA). Some families are willing to purchase lanterns but there are no organizations that are interested to serve rural areas How is GONGALI MODEL going to change the situation: GONGALI MODEL is a grass-root social enterprise that serves the hard-to-reach rural areas in Tanzania. Donations obtained through this project will enable us to purchase 1,000 solar lanterns that will be sold out to school children at QUARTER OF THE MARKET PRICE. When children pay something/even 25% of the total price, they feel proud of their lanterns/OWNERSHIP and are more responsible. The poorest children who can not afford even the quarter/25% will be given for FREE. Potential Impact: Solar Lanterns will bring dramatic changes to 1,000 school children and provide jobs. The families will be able to save money that would be spent to buy kerosene (In Tanzania, 1 liter of kerosene = $1.43). This also saves environment (less trees cut), reduce CO2 emission, improves children's health (avoid poisonous smoke), improve their school performance, and return economic benefits to their family-after graduation. The success of this project will influence policy change towards dissemination of renewable energy to "hard-to-reach" rural areas .......THE END OF THE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GLOBALGIVING.............
GONGALI MODEL IS PRESSING FORWARD
Effective from 22nd August 2013
GONGALI MODEL Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to tap into the different talents of men and women in Tanzania to effect positive changes in the lives of other people. Founded in 2010, its current activities are aimed to promote renewable energy distribution such as solar power and biogas, community development, women empowerment, microfinance, children education, environmental conservation and more.
Non-grid energy solutions force Tanzanians to spend over $500 million per year on hazardous kerosene for lighting. Households spend approximately ten percent of their incomes on basic energy services - a substantial amount for many low-income Tanzanians. The overwhelming dependence on biomass for meeting basic cooking and heating needs is a major cause of poverty in Tanzania. It also causes deforestation and soil degradation due to charcoal production and the use of woodfuels.
GONGALI MODEL's clients are solely depending on wood and charcoal for cooking, kerosene for lighting, etc. That is why the organization is promoting green energy use to reduce deforestation, carbon dioxide emission and more.
After two years of operating its loan program, GONGALI MODEL realized that clients are not able to finance some of their most desired projects, in particular, the installation of biogas systems, due to the inability to raise sufficient savings. The cost of one biogas system with the Government subsidy is about $625. Kiva's flexible loan terms will allow clients to borrow the money they need to build biogas systems to enhance their quality of life and provide clean energy for their families.
GONGALI MODEL's Unique Lending Approach:
GONGALI MODEL works with people in rural areas because they are generally neglected by traditional financial institutions. These are the marginalized majority. They have some resources like farms and livestock, but they cannot afford to accumulate a reasonable amount of capital for significant investment. The organization provides loans for agriculture, health and consumption depending on clients' needs.
At present, one of the most successful GONGALI MODEL endeavors is its Microfinance Program. It provides small loans of approximately US$800 and up to groups of people, the majority of whom are women. The loans are also given to individuals, provided that they fulfill the loan agreement: they have to sign the agreement form and be guaranteed by four other members in a group of up to 30 people.
Each group of 30 borrowers has a leadership team: chairperson, secretary, and treasurer. Clients have to register with GONGALI MODEL Microcredit and raise savings that will enable them to borrow three times the amount they saved.
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Solar for Schools
Many schools in rural parts of Africa have no electricity.So when the sun goes down, the school stops. Schools can use candles or oil lamps. The light from these is poor, the smoke from burning is bad for children's health and bad for the planet. Both are dangerous - it is common to hear of tragic fires caused by a dropped candle or lamp. Kerosene oil used in lamps is also very expensive. So schools often go without light when darkness falls. There is a solution. Using the extraordinary power of the sun. In Africa there is plenty of it! Solar power uses energy from the sun in the daytime to provide light at night. By installing solar power at a school, we will provide light for classrooms, and solar lamps for teachers and children so they can read after dark. Why solar is so good * It's clean - so good news for people's health and the environment. * It's safe - you can't start a fire with a solar light * It's free! Once a school has solar power - no more expensive kerosene. * Children can study in safety What difference does solar power make? Children can study in safety at school and teachers can prepare lessons before sunrise or after sunset. More study time means better exam results and a better future for these pupils. It costs GONGALI MODEL USD 3,250 to provide solar power to a school in Tanzania. With support from their community the school in Africa will raise about one-third, that is USD 1,000. We need to raise the difference, about USD 2,000 to provide solar power for each school. Solar for Students In rural Tanzania where this project will operate, only 2% of households have access to electricity for lightning. So as well as providing solar power for schools, we will be promoting the benefits of solar lights to local communities. Many people use candles to provide lighting at home. Candles provide poor light, contribute to poor health due to indoor air pollution, and are drain on a family's income. Despite the benefits of solar, the biggest challenge is overcoming people's lack of trust in an unfamiliar technology. We do this through the schools by meeting head-teachers we educate them about the benefits of solar light. They in turn share this with students. Each solar light costs about $10. GONGALI MODEL sells the light at a discount. We do this to encourage the market traders begin to stock solar lights. This provides a channel to buy more lights or get lights repaired or replaced and is much more sustainable approach that just providing aid. With a solar light a family no longer need to buy candles, which improves their income as well as their health and children studying for exam's can do so in safety at home. It's also good for us all, as less candles and kerosene being used means less carbon emissions.