Solar lights for EducationBack
Most households do not have electricity in the rural Eastern Cape. Families use candles for lighting, which they can only afford to use sparingly. When students come home from school, they must fetch water, wash their uniform and help with housework and cooking. This means that students cannot start their homework till after dark, by which time there is no light for studying.
The family of the student receiving the solar light is asked to pay a small amount to show that they are invested in the project. One solar light is installed and dedicated to the student in the house, and another light is installed for the rest of the homestead. The solar kit also allows for cell phone charging, which otherwise costs the family up to R5 per charge. TransCape needs €50 to purchase, transport and install one light, which will provide years of light to one household.