The Mwezi solar light is at the heart of the Mwezi Foundation. The light’s design was developed by us, and we refined it to ensure that it was easy to…
The Mwezi Foundation lights up lives. We give solar lights to primary
schools in Kenya so that their students can study when there is no natural
light. This improves their grades and enables them to achieve their
We provide a hand up, not a hand out. Our solar lights support schools,
provide employment in Kenya, and protect the environment.
Each Mwezi light costs £12.50 to assemble, deliver and maintain indefinitely. One solar light is used by at least 2 pupils over the course of the school year. It is then passed on to the next class the following year. Having access to a solar light means that pupils can study after the 6pm sunset has passed. This significantly improves the student’s end of school (KCPE) exam results. We see increases in both individual performances and class averages. This increase can mean the difference between having to leave school at 14 and carrying on to secondary school.
We assemble all of our solar lights locally in Mombasa. Mwezi is almost unique amongst charities in our policy of collecting and fixing any broken lights to ensure maximum life and minimum waste. Our schools managers visit every school every term to replace any broken lights on the spot. John, our technical manager, repairs the lights and they are re-donated to keep them in circulation. Our lights have been designed to be fully taken apart, with each component replaceable.
Our UK Directors give their time free of charge, and even support the charity financially so that the whole amount of every donation goes directly into providing solar lights for children. You can find us on the Government’s Charity register here.
We audit each of our schools regularly and report on any lights which go missing, or break and need replacing. The lights are used in harsh conditions and with a certain degree of trust. School leaders have direct contact with Kenyan managers and UK Directors through WhatsApp.
You can make a difference
We welcome any amount you can donate. You can make a one-off donation or set up a monthly donation. A monthly donation of £12.50 would provide one solar light a month. Please gift aid your donation if possible so it goes even further for us and earns tax relief for you
Kasidi Primary School, Kilifi County
Kasidi was one of the first schools in Kenya to receive support from the Mwezi Foundation. In total, they have received 55 Mwezi solar lights and a room solar lighting system to use in school. In 2019, they produced the best exam results in their history, achieving a mean score of 256/500. This is an increase of 24% on the mean of 207 that they achieved in 2016, which was when we started supporting them. Three students achieved a score of 400 and above. Their top student, Noel Munga Bokoro, scored a phenomenal 422 marks out of 500. This is only 18 points short of the top score in the whole country (440)!
Using the solar lighting system that we donated, the school set up a small boarding programme. The girls in class have particularly benefitted from this, because they were expected to perform lots of housework at home, which impedes their schoolwork.
Mr Juma, the class 8 teacher, is a passionate advocate for his pupils, regularly thanking the Mwezi Foundation for the donation of the lights and pleading for more.
Kasidi has been chosen as one of four schools to be a focus school, receiving additional lights, including one for every girl in class 8, and providing in depth research on the effects of the lights on the pupils’ education.VIEW ALL SCHOOLS
One of our success stories:
Happy Nazi Katsui
In 2019, Happy Nazi Katsui was one of Kasidi Primary School’s most successful students.
Due to the financial struggles that her family were facing at home, Happy often worried that a marriage would be arranged for her by her parents and she would be forced to leave school. Fortunately, this did not happen, thanks to the impressive results that she was achieving at school.
Happy’s achievements in primary school earned her a place at Nyabururu Girls’ High School. However, she was unable to accept this place because her parents could not afford the school’s fees, nor could they afford the other expenses, such as her school uniform.
At Mwezi, we believe that a child’s hard work should always be rewarded, so we endeavoured to crowdfund the £600 that was needed to send Happy to school. Thanks to some very generous donations, we were able to raise the money in only two days. In February 2020, Happy took up her place at Nyabururu Girls’ High School.
Happy is thriving at senior school. She told the Mwezi Foundation that she wants to pursue a career in cancer research, as one of her closest friends sadly lost her father to cancer. We wish her the best of luck in fulfilling her aspirations!
The picture to the left shows Happy on her first day at senior school. In the video beneath it, Happy (along with the other top performing students from Kasidi Primary School) thanks the Mwezi Foundation for their solar lights.
You can learn more about Happy’s story here.
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