I need your help. I just finished my grant to get solar and the laboratory finished at my school. The grant is for about $3,500. This seemed like a great idea, but now I realize raising three thousand dollars from Africa may be a bit hard.
In order to finish the grant, the school has to contribute 25% of the money. My school wants this SO bad, and ever since I finished the grant they have been working very hard at doing their part. The lab looks AMAZING right now (follow the link to pictures). Now that they have done their part, I really need to get on the
following through of my part.
1. This is a really good cause. All the money will go to improving the school, and the school really wants it and has proven itself by pulling their weight
2. The solar will help about 700 students (ages 13-18), 500 of which live at the school. Based on the school timetable, students stay at the school to study until 10pm, but currently the electricity (we have a small solar cell) isn’t sufficient to last this long at night in all the rooms (and many of the rooms don’t have lights), so all the students end up in one room under one light bulb…not particularly conducive to learning. This money will give us enough to have 2 bulbs in every classroom, the staff room, etc…plus it should be enough to run a computer (which my school is saving up for). Currently all our tests are written by typewriter. Hardcore old school. I tried to type my test one day on the typewriter and totally failed, they are sort of tricky! I digress, the solar will also be enough for both the boys’ and girls’ hostels. This means the kids who live at the school won’t have to be breathing in the kerosene fumes every night too! And putting electricity in may also save a life from the fire it prevents one day (ok, now I am reaching a bit–but seriously, kerosene lamps and candles are just a fire waiting to happen).
3. Every year the form IV’s (basically like seniors in HS) have to take a national examination (like the SATs, but by subject). Their scores from this determine whether or not they get into A-level (sort of like community college/advanced high school, the step before university) or become a farmer. The science subjects (chem, bio, and physics) require the students to do a practical. Until this year, most of my students had only seen a microscope drawn on the board by the teacher (I’d like to see you draw a microscope on a chalkboard–not an easy task–especially knowing that that is the only reference your kids are going to have of a microscope–possibly forever). They opted out of the actual practical for an optional written one. This year is going to be the first year my kids will actually do the real practical. The first year they see an actual microscope, perform a titration, really see chemistry (and biology and physics for that matter–I just happen to teach chem)! (Well, assuming I get this grant money)
If you know of anyone who may be interested in donating, please tell them. Since this is so much money, any partnership you could get going with a church or school would be great. If every person from one high school donated a dollar this money could be raised in a week, so if you have any connections, I would be much obliged.
To donate, just send people (or yourself) to this link:
Thanks for any help you can provide (literally, if it is just you donating $1, or telling someone about it every little bit helps)!