In the Narok South District of Kenya, extreme poverty and lack of educational opportunities and quality health services plague the region, especially for young women. For this reason, Free The Children (FTC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to free children from poverty and exploitation, created the Kisaruni Girls Secondary School to bring together young women from different tribes in a safe, educational environment to interact for the first time and foster a foundation for healing and understanding.
FTC approached SELF with an interest to use renewable energy solutions to produce electricity for their projects in the field. To help them achieve this goal, SELF designed and installed an 8.4 kW solar-diesel hybrid system for the Kisaruni School and the nearby Baraka Health Center. The solar array provides electricity for lights in eight classrooms, ten laptops, a printer, a color television, VCR, and radio cassette player. The clinic has the first and only ultrasound machine used to provide prenatal care to the community, and solar energy is supplying the power for this unit as well as for a vaccine refrigerator, defibrillator, microscope, centrifuge, examination lights and computers.
SELF continues its partnership with Free The Children and using the power of solar energy to provide educational and social opportunities for Kenya’s youth.