Orphans receiving solar lights donated by Kim and Jason Pineau
Going on safari in Africa has been a long time dream for Kim and Jason Pineau, but they wanted the experience to be more than just another vacation, they wanted to give something back. In 2009 the couple from Orillia, Ontario, Canada decided to make that dream a reality. They began researching and saving for a month long trip to Tanzania. During this time they met up Dennis Tessier from ARTI-Tanzania who suggested to Kim and Jason raise funds so they can donate solar lights to orphans being cared for by Kidzcare Tanzania and for students in their early childhood education and nutrition project in Kyela, Tanzania.
Kim Pineau charging the solar lights
With the help of friends and family Kim and Jason managed to raise enough funds to donate 55 solar lights. The lights were handed over to the children during their visit to the home on October 18th.
Kim and Jason Pineau enjoying the light from the 55 solar lights they donated to KidzCare Tanzania
Kim and Jason provide a perfect example of how one can give the gift of renewable energy. Thank you for your support and kindness.
Jason and Kim learning about solar at the ARTI-TZ office in Dar es Salaam
The ARTI-TZ/dissigno Team turned on the lights at Gwanumpu Secondary School on Friday October 1st completing the first of two solar installations in Kigoma this month. The project is being financed with World Bank funds through the Rural Energy Agency (REA).
Gary Zieff from dissigno Tanzania flew from the U.S to participate in the installation which took a total of 10 days. The 2Kw (2000 Watt) system is now providing power to 4 teachers houses, four large classrooms, the library and administration block. Two additional security lights were installed on the campus to provide additional safety to the 80 students boarding at Gwanumpu.
Gwanumpu students learn how to operate the power centre
150 Sun King lanterns were also provided for the project which will be used through a solar lamp renting business to students. The objective is to provide affordable solar lighting as a direct replacement to kerosene and to generate an income for the project to insure sustainability. The money raised will be used to maintain the system, provide security and purchase additional lights and batteries as needed.
The highlight of the project was selecting the solar committee, which was made up of 2 girls and 3 boys plus 2 teachers. The committee participated in the entire installation process and underwent initial training that focused on running and maintaining the system and on managing a small business.
Solar committee members are the first to turn on the lights in the teachers houses
The final training will be conducted in late October as well as the final launch party in which the system will be officially handed over to the solar committee.
One of the 80 female students studies with a Sun King in her dorm room
Science students discuss biogas and solar with ARTI-TZ delegates
Abdulla Seushi and Salvatory Okumu from ARTI-TZ attended the Young Environmental Scientists (YES) conference in Dar es Salaam. The event brought together students, environmentalists and other young people who are making positive social and environmental contributions to Tanzania. The highlight of the conference came from the Biogas Committee from Azania Secondary School. The form 5 and 6 students who make up the committee introduced the potential of compact biogas systems as a means to reduce energy costs and deforestation as well as solve the problem organic waste disposal faced by urban secondary schools. The committee members successful made the argument that students can contribute to the welfare of their schools by adopting scientifically proven and tested technologies.
ARTI-TZ is working with Dissigno Tanzania and the Rural Energy Agency (REA) to bring light to two secondary schools in Kigoma Region. ARTI-TZs Program Director, Dennis Tessir, and Matt Reimer, a Canadian Engineer are in Kigoma on an appraisal mission to Nkundutsi Secondary School in Kasulu District and Gwanumpu Secondary School in Kibondo District. The team is meeting with Regional and District leaders as well as the Head Masters of each school and other local partners and are mapping the schools in preparation of the arrival of the Dissigno team in September.
Welcome to the “Nane Nane” exhibition in Dodoma from July 31st to August 9th. You can visit ARTI-TZ in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) pavilion or the Rural Energy Agency (REA) pavilion. Keep your eyes out for new solar products, such as the Fire Fly 12 and the 5W and 15 W Power Pack systems from Bare Foot power. Complete home lighting solutions for on-grid and off-grid users. Visitors will receive demonstrations on making charcoal briquettes out of dry biomass and learn about our Waste to Wealth & Lighting Rural Tanzania Projects. Karibu wote!