LOCATION: Kasiluni, Kenya | PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2012
EPICS IN IEEE FUNDING: $7,990 USD
PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES
Education can improve the lives of entire communities – but that education should not be hampered by whether the sun is shining. At Kasiluni Primary School in the isolated rural town of Kasiluni, Kenya, the lack of connection to the national power grid not only limited the available hours of instruction but also completely prohibited electronic devices to aid learning. Teachers also could not plan lessons efficiently or help students prepare for grueling national examinations.
Kasiluni is the only primary school within 25 km, serving 600 pupils in six grade levels in this community 100 km from the capitol city of Nairobi. Without electricity, the school also struggled to provide security during the overnight hours, worried about potential losses from theft or vandalism.
Since 2009, members of the IEEE Kenya Section Student Branch, through the Society of Engineering Students at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) near Nairobi, have volunteered their time to improve the school’s infrastructure. In 2012, a group of IEEE Kenya Student Members used a $7,990 EPICS in IEEE grant to install solar photovoltaic panels and batteries. Their project dovetailed with other volunteer efforts of students from the Christian Union at JKUAT, including a $4,500 grant from the Constituency Development Fund of the Government of Kenya to construct new school buildings.