In sub-Saharan Africa 65% of schools lack even the most basic access to electricity. This means no lights, no heating, no power for computers, no internet or modern media tools and learning resources. Schools also spend disproportionate amounts on fuel for inefficient cookstoves – money that could be spent on education.
We work with businesses that provide cost-effective solar-powered electricity to schools. We also work with companies that build and install energy efficient institutional cookstoves in school kitchens.
With funding from the OVO Foundation, we have installed solar photovoltaic systems in schools in two of the poorest counties of Kenya, benefiting 18,000 students every day. Following the success of this pilot project we are now expanding to serve a further 300 schools and health clinics in 3 additional poor counties, benefitting 300,000 people.
In Uganda, Energy 4 Impact worked with manufacturers who provide certified, high-quality cookstoves to schools. They have installed cookstoves in nearly 800 schools, benefiting 500,000 students and staff, who can now enjoy properly cooked meals and a smoke-free environment. The schools are able to save 50% of the cost of firewood and spent more on books and equipment to improve learning conditions.