On top of this, ITEC staff members back in the UK raised money to purchase wind-up torches so the pupils didn’t have to do their homework in darkness.
In their own words, three children, tell us how they’re getting on...
Musa, 2nd Year of Kindergarten
I used to fear going out to the latrine at night in the dark since it’s a little far from the house, but now with the torch, I am not afraid.”
“Before I got the torch, I could only do the homework during the day and that was not easy because I spend most of the day helping my grandmother with household work like collecting firewood for cooking. This means I have little time to study. But now, I can study at night before going to bed.”
Musa’s grandmother is seated next him during our chat. She is quick to add that Musa loves the torch and sleeps with it next to his pillow. He has also set ground rules for other family members who want to use the torch.
“I used to fear going out to the latrine at night in the dark since it’s a little far from the house,” said Musa. “But, now with the torch, I am not afraid.”
Philemon, Year 5
12-year-old football-loving Philemon is keen to share his football skills with anyone who dares take him on. When we visited, he was completing his homework in time for the new school year.
With this torch, we don't have to worry about spending money, and we can all use it for different chores in the house.”
“We do not have electricity in our house, so this torch is used for almost everything. I personally use it to read and do homework, but I also use it a lot to when I go to the shops or to the latrine,” said Philemon. “We had given up on buying torches because we would have to buy batteries almost every week and this was expensive for my parents. With this torch, we do not have to worry about spending money, and we can all use it for different chores in the house.”
Kennedy, 5 Years Old
Kennedy is a jolly child, and his smile is legendary in the village. He loves going to the well to fetch water. However, when we talk to him, he is unnaturally shy. His grandmother, Zaituna, tell us how the torch has helped him.
I used to spend a lot of money on buying kerosene… but with this torch, we can manage a lot better.”
“I used to spend a lot of money on buying kerosene for the lamps, and I also used to struggle in the kitchen when it came to preparing dinner for the family as my sight is now poor,” said Zaituna. “But with this torch, we now can manage a lot better.”
During our chat, Kennedy is playing with the lamp and is eager to show us how it works.