Stable source of light in Sikonge, Tanzania
Matthias Solsø Dommert and his wife travelled at the end of last year to Sikonge, a small remote village located in an off-grid area of rural Tanzania. They were greeted by 13 students from a local school, an important hub for community development, where they handed out solar lamps as part of the Velux Natural Light project.
The village has limited access to electricity and during his stay Matthias experienced multiple power outages. The Natural Light lamps help address the general lack of power and provide students with a stable and lasting light source to enhance their learning.
“I explained about VELUX and our aim to bring light to life,” said Matthias, who speaks Swahili after living in Tanzania for five years where he was involved in several local development projects.
“The students were impressed by how a company with no business interest in Africa cares so much about them.”
Solution to dark hours in Kizingo, Kenya
Two other VELUX employees, Marianne Møldrup and Teena Stougaard, also travelled to the region early this year to give a pre-school in the village of Kizingo in southern Kenya 30 Natural Light solar lamps.
Built in 2015, the school has 52 students aged three to six years. It is poorly equipped and often lacks electricity. Paraffin and kerosene lamps were used to provide light instead, thereby creating a toxic learning environment.
It’s unfortunately a common practice in off-grid African regions and not only are there associated health issues but the lamps are also fire hazards.