Al-Khair Foundation commemorate World Earth Day by revealing their delivery of two innovative renewable energy projects.
In two initiatives, Al-Khair Foundation gave light and energy to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities in Kenya.
The first groundbreaking project distributed solar light systems which transformed the lives of almost 5000 children, including orphans who normally have no light at home or in classrooms – benefiting a total of 25 schools.
Over 5000 solar lamps were also provided to rural areas of Kenya, where there is no access to electricity.
“I want to thank Al-Khair Foundation for giving us these Solar Light lamps. Most of us come from homes without electricity, plus the candles and kerosene lamps we use cannot last for a long period of time. This limits our ability to study for a long period during the night. These solar light lamps will help most of us to improve our studies during the nights,” said Blessings Sanyu from Bunandi Primary School.
“Our unique concepts have changed how alternative renewable energy is sourced and is improving the lives of thousands of children in need,’’said Mohammed Tariq, Al-Khair Foundation’s Country Director, Kenya.
AKF also installed a biogas plant in the Al-Huda orphanage in Kajiado County.
A waste management system was also installed. The modern technology, used by Biogas International, recycles animal and other organic-waste into clean energy to be used for cooking and warming water – hugely improving access to energy, and allowing a much more efficient and cheaper way of cooking.
Charcoal was previously relied upon, a practise which was expensive to maintain and produced large amounts of polluting smoke.
“We thank AKF for supporting us with renewable energy which is easy and quick in producing energy. This made our kids report to classes on time since their meals are prepared and served on time unlike before when they waste a lot of time waiting for meals to be ready,” said Jaffar Simiyu, Head of Al Huda children home.
“The rationale for this project is to provide an income generating activity for orphanages as well as providing a sustainable clean energy by converting animal waste into briquettes to be used as a cheaper cooking fuel by the local community”, added AKF’s Mr. Tariq.