Mid-year update on the Lamp Library Project in Uganda

Date: 27/04/20

Last year, NextEnergy Foundation began the Lamp Library Project in Uganda in conjunction with FINCA UK. The project identifies a selection of schools in rural areas that have no access to electricity and retrofits them with solar powered lanterns. Students use the portable solar lanterns during school hours and borrow them to take home – much like you would borrow a book from a library – to facilitate evening studying. The mid-year update has highlighted the following:

  • Thus far, three schools have been retrofitted, creating the opportunity to over 1,680 students to increase their hours of study;
  • At the Mbute Primary School, the Principal has said that parents are grateful for the solar lanterns and students want more homework now that they can see at night. He also says that the status of the school has risen in the community because of the Lamp Library Project and enrolment rate has gone up; and,
  • Parents across all three schools have confirmed that the initiative not only gives their children the immediate help they need keeping up with their studies, it is also giving them direct access to learn more about innovative and life enhancing clean energy products that they were not aware of beforehand – this is what NEF’s Mission is all about!

For more information on the Project, please visit the Project page