With help from a number of local schools, Kenmore Rotary will soon be dispatching more than 200 lights to villages in Papua New Guinea to assist children as part of their education. The Club has again partnered with Solar Buddy, a registered charity in Australia which helps connect local schools with other children and families throughout the world who live in energy poverty.
Through its “Buddy2Buddy” programme, one small light is given by a local child to another living without access to electricity in PNG. This year, students at Kenmore State School, Chapel Hill State School and St. Peters College have assembled 222 lights which will be dispatched to PNG. Each light will be accompanied by a small note from local students about themselves to the recipients.
President, Dr. Martin Grabert said Kenmore Rotary was proud to be associated with an important project like Solar Buddy. “It teaches students about solar technology, how the light works, and how such lights can change lives where homes do not have mains electricity. “Many small remote communities would only have kerosene lighting at night, which have health and safety issues limiting school children who are unable to read or do homework at night,” Dr. Grabert said.
According to Solar Buddy, only 20% of the entire PNG population has access to regular electricity, mostly in larger towns, but in rural areas, it is only 12%.
Ross Thomas, Kenmore Rotary’s Solar Buddy Coordinator, praised the enthusiastic co-operation of the teaching staff and students at the three local schools. “It reinforced how well this project fits into Rotary’s motto ‘Service above Self’ and key objective ‘Advancement of International Understanding, Goodwill and Peace’,” Mr. Thomas said.
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