Nhinhi Health Center

Total Impact: 13,000

Date of Installation: July 2019

Donor: Barer Family

Summary: Nhinhi Health Center is a remote village located in Chamwino District, over 60 kilometers from the capital of Tanzania. The clinic serves a population of 13,000 people from 3 surrounding villages offering outpatient, antenatal and childbirth services. For members of the health center, receiving emergency care at night is a risk without access to any source of energy nearby. The staff and patients experience difficulties examining patients at night hours, particularly for women in labor.  When Mark Barer, a friend and partner of Innovation: Africa, heard of the challenging situation, he and his family decided to provide solar energy to Nhinhi Health Center. In July 2019, the Barer family had the opportunity of switching on the lights at the clinic for the very first time alongside the staff, patients and community members of the clinic. This was a truly special occasion for everyone to celebrate together. The iA solar system provides light to the delivery room, patient rooms, office and connects to the vaccine refrigerator, ultimately significantly improving the quality of care and safety for all members of Nhinhi Health Center.

Iyoli Water Project

Total Impact: 3,900

Date of Installation: May 2018

Donor: Majesky Family

Summary: Iyoli Village was initially brought to our attention by a friend of the organization. When we traveled to see the conditions of how community members were living, we knew that we had to help them. Although Iyoli Village had a borehole in the past, unfortunately, it completely dried up. Because of this, they were required to walk over 5KM to a river and get water, however during the dry season, the river wasn’t a river at all. There was absolutely zero water. Women and children were forced to dig in the dried up river bed to get water, which is contaminated with dirt and diseases. These people are also required to pay for the water they are getting, however the water they are receiving is not drinkable. Although these people were suffering, the people of Iyoli Village are now enjoying clean, sweet water for the first time, thanks to Israeli technologies & Innovation: Africa!

Bumbuta HC

Total Impact: 12,277

Date of Installation: May 2018

Donor: Shapiro Family

Summary: Bumbuta Health Center is the main clinic for 4 surrounding villages. This particular village is located over 80KM from the nearest town, and 50KM from the nearest road. Due to limited access to gas deliveries, the clinic can sometimes go up to 10 days without gas, meaning that they have to transport all of their vaccines to another clinic that has electricity, which is about 30KM away.  Because of this, everyone who needs vaccines within these 4 villages are not able to receive them. Due to the solar power that Innovation: Africa was able to install, now on average 10 patients who arrive to Bumbuta clinic during the night will be able to get the care that they deserve, with lights and all!

Msata Secondary School

Total Impact: 532 students

Date of Installation: February 15th, 2017

Donor: Jewish Teen Foundation

Summary: Before February 15th, there was no electricity at Msata Seondary School. Msata is located in the Bagamoyo District of Tanzania and is home to 532 students. Yet, these are the lucky ones – the ones who were fortunate enough to graduate from Primary School and continue on to Secondary School. Every morning, these students travel over 1km by foot, to make it to school. They are in classes all day, and then return home to help with farming, gathering wood and fetching water. Then, once again, they would return to school for evening study and homework help. Today, the lights shine bright into the night and the students are around the clock studying and reading. This solar energy that Innovation: Africa has provided is giving Msata’s students the light they need to achieve their dreams.

Moreto CDSS

Total Impact: 329 students

Date of Installation: October 20th, 2016

Donor: Debra Pell

Summary: Dressed in their green, blue and bright yellow school uniforms, all 329 students of Moreto Secondary School, located in Tanzania, live on the school premises located in the village of Mindutulieni. A full boarding school, Moreto’s student population includes 62 orphans and vulnerable children. When our Tanzania Program Manager visited the school, he found students who had finished their classes, sitting outside and in available classrooms with their noses in books, attempting to use as much of the daylight as possible. In the last exam period, Moreto Secondary School had 69 students and only 26 passed. This means only 26 students had enough resources and preparation to support them in moving forward with the next stage of their lives. In order to increase this number, Innovation: Africa provided Moreto’s community with the proper tools necessary to break their cycle of poverty – access to solar energy and light for the first time on October 20th, 2016. Today, the passing rate of Moreto Secondary School’s students have doubled!

Ubena Zomozi Secondary School

Total Impact: 368 students

Date of Installation: March 26th, 2016

Donor: Shoshana Wolf & KITT

Summary: Ubena Zomozi Secondary School is located in the Bagamoyo district of Tanzania, 4km from the electrical grid. The school serves 368 students. The students of Ubena Zomozi SS are determined to do well in school and work towards a brighter future, but many obstacles stand in their way. Although they work hard during the day, without light in their homes and school, they struggle to do their homework and study for their exams each night. As a result, last year only 22 of the 90 students in their senior class passed their national exams. On March 26th, 2016 Innovation: Africa installed solar energy in the classrooms at Ubena Zomozi SS and now the futures of the students are brighter than ever before. Stay tuned – we are sure their numbers will double!

Kimange Secondary School

Total Impact: 340 students

Date of Installation: March 2015

Donor: Mitch and Michelle Levitt (Online Campaigner)

Summary: Without electricity, the goal to graduate and move on to higher learning seemed impossible for the 200 students of Kimange Secondary School. However, in April 2015, Innovation: Africa installed solar energy at Kimange and presented the students with the gift of light -- allowing them to pursue further educations. Located in the Bagamoyo district, Tanzania, the installation consisted of 58 lightbulbs: 12 in the classrooms, 24 in the Boys and Girls Dormitories, 6 in the latrines and 4 in the Headmaster's home. In terms of sustainability, the school will be operating a charging station business and a barbershop. Since the installation has been completed, the classrooms have been full every evening with students -- all studying under the light of solar energy.

Visezi Medical Clinic

Total Impact: 2,350

Date of Installation: May 2011

Donor: Trina Solar

Summary: Innovation: Africa and Trina Solar engaged in a partnership, which began in May 2011, when Trina Solar provided the solar modules for the installation of solar energy systems at Visezi Medical Clinic in the Bagamoyo district of Tanzania. Visezi Medical Clinic serves a community of 2,770 people but until a few months before the installation, they had no way to offer proper medical care at night. Women gave birth in rooms heavy with kerosene fumes, and doctors could often barely see the patients they were treating. With a solar energy system, Visezi Medical Clinic can now offer 24-hour care in sanitary, well-lit conditions.

Visezi Primary School

Total Impact: 420 students

Date of Installation: September 2011

Donor: South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation

Summary: Innovation: Africa installed solar energy at Visezi Primary School, located in Bagamoyo of Tanzania, in September 2011. When our team visited a year after the installation, we learned that 45 out of 55 students in Visezi’s either grade class graduated Primary School. This number is unheard of in this part of the country, where a pass rate of 50% is considered high. The faculty and students attribute this success to solar energy and because they know education is their key to a brighter future. Today, 405 students now have light to study at night as a result. Visezi Primary School is truly a success, not because of us, but because of the community’s efforts on their own behalf.

Mkange Clinic

Total Impact: 15,371

Date of Installation: October 2013

Donor: North Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation

Summary: Located 20 kilometers from the nearest town, Mkange Clinic, Tanzania provides reproductive and child healthcare services for the 3,000 people living in the 3 closest villages. Due to the lack of electricity, the doctors and nurses were forced to preform nighttime deliveries using kerosene lamps for light. Thanks to the help of Innovation: Africa, Mkange Clinic is now able to provide vital healthcare services 24 hours a day including a solar powered refrigerator that stores medicines and vaccines.

Talawanda Clinic

Total Impact: 44,746

Date of Installation: December 2013

Donor: South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation

Summary: Patients of Talawanda Clinic in Bagamoyo district of Tanzania, used to bring their own kerosene lamps as the only source of light for their journey to the clinic and during medical treatment. The only clinic for 22 kilometers and serves six villages equaling a population of 10,791, Talawanda averages 20-35 patients during the day, 7-10 at night, 18 deliveries per month. With seven clinical rooms, Talawanda Clinic’s doctors had a difficult time dealing with patients at night without electricity and sometimes the lack of electricity could have caused the doctors to misdiagnose or make mistakes when treating patients. Sine December 2013, no more patients have to travel for hours carrying flashlights or candles to find and seek health care. Innovation: Africa installed solar energy at Talawanda Clinic providing 10,791 people with more opportunities toward a healthy future.

Makurunge Clinic

Total Impact: 3600

Date of Installation: December 2010

Donor: JYPI

Summary: Vaccines used to be issued but once a week in Makurunge dispensary, administered by Neema Mgonja, the head medical nurse at the clinic. Each week, an average of 25 children would line up to be immunized by government issue vaccines delivered from Bagamoyo district hospital, a 30 minute drive away. when vaccine deliveries were delayed, newborn children remained unvaccinated against the diseases that run rampant in their region. Villagers would walk miles between local clinics trying to vaccinate their children, and some would never receive the immunizations they seek. With solar power in their medical clinic provided by innovation: africa, not only is Makurunge dispensary able to offer well-lit medical care at night, but now they have their own solar-powered refrigerator to store medicines and vaccines. Parents are able to count on vaccines each week, finally guaranteeing the immunization of their children and saving them from preventable disease.

Makurunge Primary School
Total Impact: 2000 people

Date of Installation: December 2010

Donor: Amy and Anthony Pardo

Summary: Each September, the children of Tanzania take a test that determines their entire future: the national exam. No child can be promoted to the next grade without first passing the test. For weeks before the exam, children sleep in their schools to prepare all night for the final test. They and their teachers struggle and strain their eyes each night to study by dim candlelight, all in the hopes that they can continue on with another year of school. With light in their classrooms, the children of makurunge are now able to study at night in well-lit rooms for the first time. They gather together to learn, and know that they too have a chance at a brighter future.

Mataya Dispensary

Total Impact: 2000 people

Date of Installation: December 2010

Donor: Ronen Borochovitz


Summary: Godbless mtega, the chief practitioner at mataya dispensary, treats close to 15 patients per day. he lives on-site at the clinic for medical emergencies, but he is not often woken in the middle of the night. without electricity or money for kerosene lamps after sunset, the remote clinic is nearly invisible to the 2,000 people living in three surrounding villages. patients that would seek emergency medical care at night used to stay home, risking their lives to wait until morning. with light in their medical clinic, the mataya dispensary is now accessible at all times of day to local people. a solar powered refrigerator also provides them with storage for lifesaving medicines and vaccines, providing them for the first time with the 24-hour, fully equipped medical care they deserve.

Kidigozero Medical Clinic { Project Shoham }

Total Impact: 6600 people

Date of Installation: February 2008

Donor: Andrew Fine

Summary: Dr. Joseph Ngamila and nurse Ashura work 24 hours a day to provide medical care to over 7,000 people. Without electricity, when a patient came in at night for emergency medical care, nurse Ashura would hold a kerosene lamp over the patient while Dr. Ngamila treated their wounds. Births were performed by the dim light of unsafe and unsanitary kerosene lamps. Now, innovation: africa has installed 240 watts of solar energy, powering a solar refrigerator and ten light bulbs. Not only is the clinic well-lit at night, but outside lighting ensures that patients can find the clinic at night. For the first time, the doctor and nurse can properly store government issued medicines and vaccines, and treat their nighttime patients with the safe and sanitary healthcare they deserve. Since the installation of the solar refrigerator, over 2,000 children have been vaccinated against preventable diseases.

Kidigozero Primary School { Hirsch Primary School }

Total Impact: 400 students

Date of Installation: August 2009

Donor: Henry & Myrtle Hirsch Family Foundation

Summary: Samuel Nawampagi is the brightest student in his English class, but he is also the poorest. His teacher, Robert Kawambuwa, knows that if he studies hard, he will be able to leave the village and live a better life. But without electricity, and with no money for even a candle to light his home, Samuel did not have much of a chance to go on to secondary school. Now, with solar energy from innovation: africa in his classroom, Samuel and his friends study together and prepare for exams at night. For the first time, they can use their light to work towards a brighter future.

Milo Clinic { Project EMA }

Total Impact: 3000 people

Date of Installation: September 2009

Donor: Steven Ackerman

Summary: Sharifa Lamala is a mother of a five-year-old girl named Fatuma. Crippled by polio, Fatuma is in need of constant medical care, both day and night. But without light, Sharifa brought her daughter to the Milo medical clinic in the dark, walking miles to receive inadequate care lit by candles and kerosene lamps. Now, with solar energy provided by innovation: africa, Milo medical clinic has light for emergency medical care at night. They also have a solar powered refrigerator to store medicines and vaccines for diseases like polio, measles and tuberculosis. Children of the village are now vaccinated against these diseases, ensuring that the next generation of children like Fatuma will never suffer from preventable disease  ::  Project EMA was sponsored by the Ackerman family in memory of Elaine Marsha Ackerman.

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