In rural Pap-Onditi, nightfall brings a change to the landscape.
There is no electricity in the homes. Cooking takes place over an open fire. Any light needed to do household chores often comes from a single kerosene-fueled flame. Children struggle to study in the evenings. Many suffer from burns, eye irritation and respiratory illness from the smoke. To pay for the kerosene, trees are usually cut and the wood sold, leading to widespread deforestation.
In 2015, I-KODI initiated a partnership with the All About the Light Foundation, to provide Luci Lights to the students at the Konditi Primary School.
Created by a company called MPOWERD, Luci Lights are small, inflatable solar-powered lights that can last for up to 10 years and provide a safe and renewable source of light.
We distributed lights to all students in 6-8th Grades to help them study at night and prepare for their national exams. We provided training in the care and maintenance of the lights and made plans to monitor the progress of the students at the school.
A year later, we returned with David Middleton, the founder of AATL, to check on the students and see how the lights had affected their lives. We gathered stories and visited homes. We checked on the condition of the lights and learned what we needed to do to improve the program.
We were moved by personal stories like that of Gideon Owour, a 7th Grader at the Konditi School. We learned that the students had increased their grades over the course of the year, and had many personal experiences that spoke to the positive change in their lives.
In 2016, with generous support from AATL, we expanded the program to include all 5th Grade students at the Konditi Primary School.
We invite you to join us in this program, to provide a light to a student, a family or a community member. To change a life.
For a glimpse into what a single Luci Light can do, we are proud to share Gideon’s Story.
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