Buwakhanyinywi Water Project
Total Impact: 3000 people
Date of Installation: July 2014
Donor: David Arison
Summary: On July 5, 2014 we completed a solar water pumping system and 10 water stations in Buwakhanyinywi Village located in Mbale district of Uganda that provided clean water for the first time to 3,000 people. Now with solar power from Innovation: Africa, the women and children no longer have to walk 1.5 kilometers to the closest water source and wait 2-3 hours for contaminated water, which often makes them sick. Esther Kakayi, a mother of two, had to walk to the water source 3-4 times a day and yet, the dirty water she was able to fill her 20-liter jerry can didn’t meet even one-third of her family’s daily needs. Esther knows that water is the key to her family’s future – it will make them healthier and save them hours that can instead be spent with their families, in school, growing food, and generating income from the sale of produce.
Katira Primary School
Total Impact: 1389 people
Date of Installation: August 2012
Summary: Like most of the rural Ugandan schools, all of the children walk barefoot everyday toward their journey to pursue a better education. “I am reading very hard so that I pass with flying colors because that is where my future is, but I only read at school because my grandmother cannot afford to buy me the kerosene to read at night”, said Harriet Kantono, an orphan hoping to qualify for the 7th grade if she passes her upcoming national exams. With the installation of solar energy at Katira Primary School located in Katira district, not only has the academic performance of the 1,389 students improved, but students like Harriet have the ability to study under the light of solar energy once the sun sets and continue their journey toward healthier and brighter futures.
Katira Health Center III
Total Impact: 19,000 people
Date of Installation: July 2013
Summary: Located 10 kilometers from the main electrical grid is Katira Health Center, where on average, 20,000 people seek medical attention, 25 deliveries of babies by candlelight per month and 520 immunizations per month. Katira faced dire malnutrition, which had the most significant impact on children below 5 years old. As of July 2013, mid-wives, nurses and doctors are able to provide proper medical care to families of Katira and outside villages in need of necessary medical attention -- all under the light of solar energy. Women seeking maternal health care from Innovation: Africa’s Medical and Health Centers have increased by 400% since the installation of light and solar energy to power refrigerators storing medicines and vaccines.
Kayango New Image Orphanage
Total Impact: 136 people
Date of Installation: April 2014
Donor: Ella Keinan (Online Campaigner)
Summary: Kayango New Image Orphanage has a population of 400 students, of which 79 are orphans. Kayango received solar energy in April 2014 thanks to Ella Keinan, 12 year-old girl from Israel, who wanted to change the lives of children. Ella raised money and donated lights for the classrooms and dormitories where the orphans sleep, 2 computers, blankets, shoes and more. Thanks to Ella, the lives of these children have changed forever.
Mugiti Primary School
Total Impact: 1177 people
Date of Installation: January 2012
Donor: PPF & UJA
Summary: On January 2012, Innovation: Africa’s Founder and CEO along with local staff were present for the solar installation at Mugiti Primary School in Pallisa District, Uganda. 1,177 students, 245 of whom are orphans, were anxiously awaiting the chance to study at night under the light of solar energy knowing well that a brighter future was in store. Beside solar installation in the classrooms, orphans received uniforms, shoes, notebooks, pens and solar lanterns from People Project Foundation (PPF).
Nasenyi Water Project
Total Impact: 1,500 people
Date of Installation: November 2013
Donor: Henry & Myrtle Hirsch Family Foundation
Summary: Innovation: Africa drilled a well and powered a solar energy pump at Nasenyi Village in the Mbale district of Uganda in November 2013. For the first time, clean water is flowing from 6 water stations throughout the village to more than 1,500 people and approx. 750 more people from 3 outside villages. This solar installation gives back time and health to the women and children that would walk for hours and find contaminated water that caused diarrheal disease. The water tank pumps over 20,000 liters of water per day allowing children to walk seconds in order to fill up their family’s jerry cans while spending the rest of the day in classrooms learning and studying. Food is now growing, which decreases the chance of malnutrition and disease from reoccurring.
Kolonyi Water Project
Total Impact: 2,841 people
Date of Installation: July 2013
Donor: JWFNY, Adamson Family, Temple Emanuel
Summary: When our local Uganda staff came across Kolonyi Village they began searching for a safe water source that proved to be a mystery. For a village of over 1,300 people and 163 homes, women and children’s only option was to fetch contaminated water from their main source of water at least 3 times per day to acquire the necessary amount of water for their families. While the team walked with the women, they saw children with water born and wash diseases like scabies. In July 2013, our local team and contractors brought clean water to families of Kolonyi Village. Innovation: Africa installed 720 watts of solar panels, one 10,000 liter tank, solar pump and 10 water stations throughout the village. Now everyone has immediate access to clean water – just by turning on the tap.
Kolonyi Drip Irrigation
Total Impact: 100 people
Date of Installation: May 2014
Donor: Jaimie Field
Summary: The community of Kolonyi Village, Uganda came together and prepped the land while our local contractors planted Israeli-made drip irrigation technology in the field during May 2014. This new tank provides another 5,000 liters of clean water that flows through pipes in a 70x23 meter plot of land. The villagers focus on root vegetable – mainly, carrots and onions because they are most suitable to climate of the village. Our local team trains the community, specifically 10 women (the Women’s Association) who maintain the plot, on how to use the drip irrigation and to ensure the best possible yield in the years to come. Today, the Women’s Association helps families of Kolonyi not only provide food for themselves but the knowledge on how to sell any excess food in order to bring home an income.
Total Impact: 320 people
Date of Installation: November 2010
Donor: Marin San Francisco Jewish Teen Foundation
Summary: Buvundya Orphanage located in Uganda, was started by a young man, Patrick Daire, to serve the orphans of his community. Patrick constructed several dorms and classrooms, but when the classrooms ran out of space, they began to hold classes outside in the shade of nearby trees. Buvundya Orphanage is a truly exemplary institution founded on passion and hard work. Since the successful installation of solar energy in November of 2010, 518 children now live in lighted dorms, and are able to study and read late into the night. Over the years, Buvundya Orphanage has found a special place in the hearts of the Innovation: Africa staff. In 2014, Innovation: Africa donated shoes, notebooks and pens to the orphans.
Nabikooli Health Center
Total Impact: 7000 people
Date of Installation: November 2010
Donor: South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation
Summary: When Innovation: Africa’s staff members first visited Nabikooli Health Center, Uganda in 2009, they saw first hand how dire the clinic’s situation was. Many of the village’s children, who had been suffering from tuberculosis, were waiting in line for medical treatment that was simply unavailable. Without energy, the clinic was unable to properly refrigerate the necessary vaccines, which mean that hundreds of vaccines for preventable diseases went to waste. Without such treatment, many of those children were not expected to live past the age of 5. Thanks to the installation of solar energy at Nabikooli Health Center, over 3,000 children are being vaccinated each year, and the people of Nabikooli finally have access to the medical care they deserve.
Bumadanda Health Center II
Total Impact: 31,000 people
Date of Installation: July 2010
Donor: Ishofsky Family
Summary: Before the installation of solar energy at Bumadanda Health Center II on July 1, 2010 in Mbale, Uganda, the clinic could not offer effective medical care to the average 10 patients seen at night and 70 patients seen during the day. Located 7 kilometers from the closest electrical grid, Innovation: Africa installed 5 solar panels of 85Wp each and 14 light bulbs of 11W each. On average, 6,000 vaccine dozes are stored in our solar refrigerators and issued since our installation and 500 children are vaccinated per month. Thanks to Israeli solar technology, men women and children now have the proper medical care and attention they deserve, all under the light of solar energy. Bumadanda Health Center I+II serves a population of 32,000 people and is open 24-hrs with 2 staff members.
Bushiuyo Primary School
Total Impact: 715 students
Date of Installation: January 2014
Donor: Eli Kimbell (Online Campaigner)
Summary: Bushiuyo Primary School has been using kerosene lamps as the student’s main source of light. Located on top of one of the highest mountains in Mbale, Uganda, making it even more difficult to access an electrical grid. With a population of 715 students ranging from 6-16 years old, 9 teachers and located 9 kilometers from the electrical grid, it was of dire importance to install solar energy. In January 2014, Innovation: Africa brought solar energy to Bushiuyo Primary School. Now with 18 light bulbs in the classrooms and 2 solar panels on the roof, the installation of solar energy at Bushiuyo Primary School enhances the chances for the next generation to better their own circumstances.
Buyinda Health Center III
Total Impact: 120,000 people
Date of Installation: January 2014
Summary: In Africa, two out of five children die before the age of five mostly due to water-born disease. Without solar energy and electricity to power refrigerators that store medicines and vaccines, doctors and nurses fail to properly care for their patients. Innovation: Africa has the power to help. Installing solar energy in January 2014 at Buyinda Health Center II in Kaliro, Uganda, now 120,000 people receive the medical care and attention they deserve under the light of solar energy.
Lunyo Health Center III
Total Impact: 19,000
Date of Installation: November 2014
Donor: The Fields Family
Summary: In Busia district, Uganda live 19,500 people that are part of 24 other surrounding villages that all reside 22 kilometers from the nearest town and 7 kilometers from the nearest medical facility with electricity. According to Sarah Nanjoko, a Midwife of Lunyo, “a minimum of 50 births take place each month at night under the light of kerosene lamps.” She shared, “she can barely see the mothers and their babies by the dim light, and that the smell of the burning gas makes her and her patients feel sick.” Because of the lack of electricity and no energy to power the refrigerator, newborns weren’t being vaccinated against preventable diseases. Innovation: Africa’s promise to the people of Lunyo, the surrounding 24 villages and Sara Nanjoko was granted in September 2014 by installing solar energy in the maternity ward and enough energy to keep vaccines fresh inside the refrigerator. With solar energy, today, patients receive proper medical care at any time of day or night, and babies of Lunyo are born safely, receive lifesaving vaccines, and for the first time have a real chance at a long and healthy life.
Sapiri Health Center
Total Impact: 6890 people
Date of Installation: March 2012
Donor: iA Volunteers
Summary: Since Innovation: Africa completed a solar installation at Sapiri Health Center in Budaka district of Uganda in March 2012, patient visitation at night has doubled and night deliveries have almost tripled. However, staff of Sapiri recognized the severe overcrowding of patients at night and decided to add an addition to the clinic. With the help of our Volunteer Community raising money, we brought solar energy to additional section of Sapiri Health Center in August 2013. This addition allowed the staff to properly care for patients, power a microscope and perform tests to diagnose diseases. Dr. Samson Wamani, Innovation: Africa’s Health Development Officer, said “When we power an outpatient department, where the patients are seen at night, it doesn’t only help the patients, but it also helps the health workers to do their work at a quality level – they are able to provide quality health care in a safe environment.”
Sapiri Primary School
Total Impact: 1,400 students
Date of Installation: August 2013
Donor: iA Volunteers
Summary: Sapiri Primary School in Budaka district, Uganda, serves 1,400 children of which 636 are boys and 764 are girls. Out of the 1,400 children 273 are orphans and 169 are vulnerable children. Before installing solar energy at the school, there were no regular evening classes or programs but the staff said if they had the ability to light the classrooms at night, they would hold evening classes. On average, the teachers spent approximately $11 per month on kerosene lamps that were used when students decided to stay late to study for exams. On August 8, 2013, Innovation: Africa successfully installed solar energy in the classrooms of Sapiri Primary School and now, students are able to study at night under the light of solar energy.
Summary: In August 2014, Innovation: Africa brought solar energy to the classrooms of the 520 students and Boy’s and Girl’s Dormitories. Director Wafula Ausi of Iki-Iki Primary School located in Katira district of Uganda, deeply appreciated Innovation: Africa together with the Donors who have made his “school to shine with light.” He explained, “that the light has increased on my working hours with my teachers and children and I hope to get better results at the end of this year since my students use this light to sit for abrupt tests at night and very early in the morning.”
Lyama Solar Energy Kiosk
Total Impact: 13,700 people
Date of Installation: January 2015
Donor: The Alliance for Global Good
Summary: The first of it’s kind, Lyama Solar Energy Kiosk, was funded by The Alliance For Global Good’s Innovation Fund, which Innovation: Africa was awarded a grant. Serving many goods and services such as printing, cold beverages, internet, cell phone charging stations and TV, people from all over the district of Buguri, Uganda visit Lyama Solar Kiosk. The installation was completed in January 2015 and has proved to be a welcomed and appreciative new business venture to the community. There is a great need of energy services, however, they are unavailable otherwise.
Lukhonge Water Project
Total Impact: 5,000 people
Date of Installation: January 2015
Donor: Paula & Ira Resnick
Summary: In Lukhonge, women and children would spend their days walking 45 minutes to one hour fetching dirty water instead of going to school and receiving an education. On January 1, 2015, 5,000 men, women and children of Lukhonge in the Mbale district of Uganda, received solar energy, a water pumping system that pumps 20,000 liters of clean water a day and 8 water stations throughout the village. Now the residents of Lukhonge not only have the chance to healthier futures, they have earned back time—time to spend with their families, in school, growing food and generating an income.