Butove Water

Total Impact: 1,000

Date of Installation: May 2018

Donor: Fox Family

Summary: Butove Village is home to over 1000 people and is 5km from the nearest town. With seasonal stagnant and contaminated water, these villagers struggle every day. The average family must fetch water 4-5 times a day with a wait time of 30 minutes once they reach the water source. The water they are drinking is contaminated in garbage and leads to sickness and disease. However, in May 2018, Innovation: Africa provided the community with access to clean and safe water. The villagers now have time to focus on agricultural, domestic and economic generating activities while enjoying the freedom of safe drinking water for generations to come.

Akuyam Village

Total Impact: 1,000

Date of Installation: In progress

Donor: Energy Bar Association and Anthony Burgess

Summary: The community of Akuyam Village, Uganda came together and prepped the land while our local contractors planted Israeli-made drip irrigation technology in the field during June 2018. Our local team train the community, in order for them to utilize the drip irrigation to ensure the best possible yield for years to come. Today, families of Akuyam have the ability to not only provide food for themselves but the knowledge on how to sell any excess food in order to bring home an income.

Katira SS

Total Impact: 348

Date of Installation: March 2018

Donor: iKAR

Summary: Katira Secondary School is home to students who are really trying to pass their exams, so they can move on to the next levels of education. The students at Katira Secondary School have dreams to become doctors, teachers and even engineers. However without light in their school, it makes studying for their national exams very hard, and passing their exams almost impossible. Before they had solar energy from Innovation: Africa, they were forced to use kerosene lamps and candles, which are harmful to the students health. Since the installation of the solar panels and light bulbs, the students have been able to study for longer hours, which has increased the passing rate on students national exams.

Butundula Village

Total Impact: 2,500

Date of Installation: January 2018

Donor: Nicole Schaeffer

Summary: Butundula is located in the Buguri district of Uganda, about 25KM away from the capital. This village’s population of 2,500 means that in the mornings and evenings, which are the peak times to get water, people have to wait close to 2 hours to get water from one specific area of stagnant water. Unfortunately, during the dry season, there is no water available in this area at all, meaning that the people of Butundula have to walk even farther to get water. Many times there have been cases of both skin diseases and waterborne illnesses.  In January 2018, we were so excited to give the people of Butundula what they need and deserve to live happier, healthier and more fruitful lives. Innovation: Africa completed a solar water pumping system for the community of Butundula Village and for the first time, this community will have clean water to be able to sustain themselves and their family for generations to come.

Makhonje Village

Total Impact: 9180

Date of Installation: December 2017

Donor: Konikoff Family

Summary: In Makhonje Village, their only source of water used to come from a stagnant source, which is a breeding ground for water-borne diseases such as typhoid.  This particular source of water was supposed to sustain over 9,000 people, however, due to long wait times in peak hours, such as mornings and evenings, the women and children are required to walk even further to try and find another source of water to bring back to their family. Once our solar power water system was installed by Innovation: Africa, over 9,000 people in the village now and forever will have access to clean water!

Bukalikha Primary School

Total Impact: 959 students

Date of Installation: October 19th 2017

Donor: Eytan Kramer, iA Campaigner

Summary: Bukalikha Primary School is located in Busia district of Uganda, 16 km from the nearest town and 8km for the electrical grid. The school serves 959 students from the 9 surrounding villages, many of whom travel hours on foot each day just to attend class. The students of Bukalikha Primary School are determined to do well in school and work toward a brighter future, but many obstacles stand in their way. The fact that these students lack access to solar energy and light hinders them from furthering their education in a safe environment. Without light in their school, not all of the senior class students pass their national exams. But on October 19th, these student’s prayers were answered by a 12 year-old boy from Israel who decided to raise money and bring light to Bukalikha Primary School for generations to come. Here’s to increased graduation rates and more students attending secondary school!

Bukalikha Drip Irrigation Project

Date of Installation: September 2017

Donor: Jason Hirsch

Summary: By bringing drip irrigation to a village, Innovation: Africa is able to help the village become more sustainable on its own. The village is now able to use the clean water that we have provided to them in the months prior for growing their own food and generating an income. This food can not only be eaten, but can also be sold for money, or even traded for other items. Here’s to sustainability for many years to come!

Butove PS

Total Impact: 1,033 Students

Date of Installation: October 2017

Donor: Fox Family (in Honor of Greg Fox

Summary: The Butove Primary School is located 31km from Mbale and serves 1033 students, coming from over 10 villages. 200 of these students are orphans or come from vulnerable family situations. There have been reports of respiratory issues from the use of kerosene lamps and candles and the scores of the students reflected their struggle to learn in the darkness in such harmful conditions. With the help of Innovation: Africa, the students as well as the teaching staff of 17 now have the opportunity to excel in their educational pursuits! From powering the school with access to solar energy and turning on the light, now dreams can truly be attainable.

Mugiti HC

Total Impact: 11,945

Date of Installation: August 2017

Donor: Adrienne Everett

Summary: When our team traveled to Mugiti Health Center, we met Nurse Margaret, who told us a story about delivering a baby at 1 am.  She said “the mother did not bring a candle, so I was forced to hold my own personal candle in my mouth to deliver the baby. To get back to my quarters, I then had to use the flashlight on my phone.” This particular health center has not gotten any gas delivered at all, so the only time to vaccinate the people are right when they arrive since they are not able to be stored. Because of the short time frame, not everyone is able to get vaccinated. However, now that they have Innovation: Africa’s solar technology, they are able to deliver babies at night with light, and store all of the vaccines they need in a solar powered refrigerator.

Namutumba School “Tikkun Olam School”

Total Impact: 517 students

Date of Installation: July 2017

Donor: Ezra Uganda Assistance

Summary: Tikkun Olam School is extremely unique. Bringing together Jewish, Christian and Muslim students under one roof to learn makes this school unlike any other in Uganda. But without access to solar energy, made it even more difficult for the 517 students to receive the education they deserve. In July 2017, The Ezra Uganda Assistance partnered with Innovation: Africa to deliver and install solar panels and light bulbs, brightening the futures of Namutumba School’s students and teachers forever.

Nyanza/Kamasaba Solar Water Pumping

Total Impact: 2,282 people

Date of Installation: January 2018

Donor: Morton Williams

Summary: Nyanza and Kamasaba are neighboring villages, that both faced the challenge of attaining access to clean water. Nyanza with a population of 1,387 and Kamasaba with 895, both communities were in dire need of clean water. When we first visited these communities, our managers found two insufficient sources of water to be inhabited by fish. With the villagers who live furthest away from these sources, they had to walk up to 3 hours just to collect enough water for their basic needs. With both villages riddled with skin diseases and water-borne illness, there was a great need to bring clean water to the 2,282 deserving community members of Nyanza and Kamasaba. And that’s exactly what we did. By installing solar panels, a solar pump, water tank and water taps, our team provided both villages with access to clean water and healthy futures.

Apeded Water Project

Total Impact: 8,500 people

Date of Installation: January 2017

Donor: The Field Family

Summary: The villagers of Apeded once gathered at the borehole 5 km away from the village center to collect water at the same place that others in the community bathe at. They also shared this original water source with their animals causing there to be all type of illnesses like typhoid, trachoma and skin irritations. When Innovation: Africa entered the village on June 29, 2016, they halted the 30 - 1 hour wait for contaminated water by installing a clean water system with 12 taps over the

Kanagakinoi Water Project

Total Impact: Over 3,200 people

Date of Installation: January 2017

Donor: The Field Family

Summary: At a borehole 18 km away from the Kanagakinoi village center, 3,200 people once gathered 2-3 times daily to retrieve their water supply. The water is not potable—it is infected with various bacterials and infections like typhoid, diarrhea, and skin irritations. The original source was only available in the rainy season and community members had to wait 30 minutes for some contaminated water. When Innovation: Africa entered the village on August 17, 2016, they brought hope to the village and new clean water system to support the prosperity and health of this village.

Kobeyon Water Project

Total Impact: 1,866 people

Date of Installation: January 2017

Donor: The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

Summary: The 1,800 villagers of Kobeyon once made 2-3 trips daily to their only water source: a shallow well 15 km from the village center. There at the well, they retrieved stagnant water, waited for 20-30 minutes, and feared being bitten by snakes. The community had little hope in a sustainable water project due to their lack of daily income, however, Innovation: Africa made it possible. In June 2016, the non-profit installed a solar pump to provide clean water to the villagers and help them enjoy a basic necessity.

Lokiyengunet Water Project

Total Impact: 2,670 people

Date of Installation: January 2017

Donor: The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

Summary: In the Lokiyengunet village, located 3 km from the nearest town, families must walk 2-3 km to receive water. Over 2,500 people rely on the water from the running river for sustenance and hydration. The average family consumes 3-5 jerry cans of water per day, and travels 2-3 times a day, fetching 20 liters at a time for the family. Though the villagers receive water immediately because it is a running river, this source is only reliable in the rainy season. With the help of innovation: Africa, the Lokiyengunet villagers are able to focus on agricultural activities that better the quality of life in their community, such as grazing cattle.

Nabukut Water Project

Total Impact: 2,632 people

Date of Installation: January 2017

Donor: The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

Summary: The Nabukut village’s original water source was from a small river with stagnant water and snakes 16 km away from the village center. Community members had to make 2-3 trips daily to the river, where it took 20-30 minutes to fill up one of their jerry cans. After consuming such water, there were reports of many illnesses like typhoid, malaria, diarrhea, skin irritations and eye diseases. In June 2016, Innovation: Africa came into the village of Nabukut to begin helping them to implement a clean water system serving the population of over 2,500. With this, the village hoped to utilize the water for washing, bathing, raising cattle, and irrigation. Innovation: Africa provided the village with 12 taps of clean water for the first time ever

Nakuluny Water Project

Total Impact: 1,845 people

Date of Installation: January 2017

Donor: The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

Summary: The Nakuluny villagers must be quick on their feet - being 10 km from the nearest town and 4 km to the local school, students and families must travel long distances in pursuit of hydration and education. During the rainy season, over 1800 people wait for 20-30 minutes, 2-3 times per day, waiting for their jerry cans to fill with non-potable water from a shallow well. Many villagers, especially young children, suffer from skin irritation, diarrhea, typhoid, and so many other bone diseases. With the help of Innovation: Africa, the Nakuluny village members received freshwater and food distribution so that they can lead healthier, cleaner lives.

Kayango Water Project

Total Impact: 440 orphans/4,000 people

Date of Installation: July 2016

Donor: Temple Beth Torah, The Sultan Family and Campaigners

Summary: Kayango New Image Orphanage received solar energy in April 2014 thanks to Ella Keinan, 12 year-old girl from Israel, who wanted to change the lives of children. Since providing solar energy, the orphanage has increased their capacity to care for orphans. The next project for Kayango correlated with this orphanage’s most pressing issue; the access to clean water and a reliable source of food. In July 2017, Innovation: Africa partnered with Temple Beth Torah and installed a solar powered water pump with multiple taps that now provide clean, potable water to both the orphanage and the surrounding community. In addition, the Israeli innovated drip irrigation system installed will provide quality crops for the orphans throughout the entire year, drastically reducing the food shortage that they struggle with each year.

Kubo Primary School

Total Impact: 427

Date of Installation: August 2016

Donor: David Arison

Summary: In a village of over 1,300 people, Kubo Primary School has 427 students made up of 190 boys and 237 girls, of which 122 are vulnerable children. Unfortunately, only 19 students passed their annual exams in 2015, meaning a passing rate of .04%. Due to the high use of candles and kerosene lamps, a majority of the students have faced negative side effects, including eye issues and severe coughs. Fortunately, that is where Innovation: Africa comes in! In August of 2016, Innovation: Africa was able to install solar panels and lights for the the students of Kubo Primary School. For some of the students, it was their first time ever seeing light at night. Now, the students will be able to study for their exams during the night and will be able to further their education by going to Secondary School and beyond!

Kubo Water Pumping System

Total Impact: 1,726

Date of Installation: January 2016

Donor: David Arison

Summary: Located 10km from the electrical grid in Busia district, the community members of Kubo Village were forced to walk a minimum of 2km multiple times per day to fetch dirty water, which made families sick with water-borne diseases. The average family water consumption is approximately four to six 20-liter jerry cans per day. On January 14th, 2016, Innovation: Africa finalized the installation of a clean water system for more than 1,700 people set to have 6 taps across 2 km.

Buwakhanyinywi Primary School (The Jordan School)

Total Impact: 224 students

Date of Installation: June

Donor: The Magid Family

Summary: The Magid Family was touched by the villagers of Buwakhanyinywi Village, Uganda during a donor trip to visit our projects. The community shared with Innovation: Africa the need for a primary school to be built for the children. Prior to the construction and solar installation, the students had been traveling 3 miles each way in the sun without shoes, and often on an empty stomach. The Magids had agreed and decided to build a school for the community and in honor of their son Jordan, they named the school, "The Jordan School". Today, 251 students are receiving an education much closer to their homes and for some of the students, this is their first opportunity to attend school.

Bulumbi Health Center III

Total Impact: 28,700

Date of Installation: April 7th, 2016

Donor: iA Westchester and Connecticut Region

Summary: Located in Busia district and 12km from the electrical grid, Bulumbi Health Center III serves a total population of 28,700 people from 2 sub-counties. With one doctor, six nurses and two midwives on staff, the clinic attends to over 80 patients per day and roughly 10-20 during the night. Without light, on average monthly, there are 80-90 births. Together with 3 campaigners from the United States, Innovation: Africa provided solar energy, light and a solar powered refrigerator to Bulumbi Village for the first time on April 7th, 2016. For the first time, women can now give birth under the light of solar energy and people now have access to vaccines and medicines properly stored in a vaccine refrigerator.

Bukaduka Water Pumping System

Total Impact: 6,000 people

Date of Installation: January 2016

Donor: The Kaner Family

Summary: The community’s original water source had small frogs inside the water. They formerly had another source to provide water, which unfortunately was overrun by farm animals. The community members could not afford to buy enough charcoal or firewood to boil the many liters of water they gathered from their contaminated source of water. On January 17th, 2016, Innovation: Africa provided the community members of Bukaduka Village, Uganda with solar energy and installed 10 water taps that now allow for clean water to travel up to 2.5km throughout the village.

Bwibere Primary School

Total Impact: 1,364

Date of Installation: May 2016

Donor: RSM

Summary: Night after night without access to light for studying, students were falling further and further behind in their school work leaving them with fewer options for their future. When Innovation: Africa’s team in Uganda visited Bwibere PS, we were determined to bring solar energy to Bwibere Village, so these students could receive the education and opportunities they deserve. On May 31st, 2016, our Uganda team of engineers and solar contractors installed solar energy and light allowing students with the opportunity to study at night under the light of solar energy for the first time.

Watsemba Primary School

Total Impact: 815 students

Date of Installation: June 2016

Donor: The Magid Family

Summary: During our team’s first visit to Nakaloke Primary School, over 900 student’s reality was studying by candlelight and kerosene at night, causing many respiratory and eye-sight issues. Located in Uganda’s Mbale region and 6km from the nearest access to energy, Watsemba Primary School is also the house of 300 orphans or vulnerable children who sleep and are forced to study in the dark. Due to the high cost of candles and kerosene enabling children to study at night, only 56 children passed their national exams last year. On June 14th, 2016, Innovation: Africa brought light and solar energy to brighten the futures of Watsemba’s students. Stay tuned – we are sure the number of students passing their exams will jump!

Nakaloke Water Pumping System

Total Impact: 7,000

Date of Installation: November 2015

Donor: Fern Hurst and JWFNY

Summary: On November 15th, 2015, Innovation: Africa installed solar energy to pump clean water for the 7,000 community members of Nakaloke Village, Uganda for the first time. iA also installed 10 water taps throughout the village, allowing for access to clean and safe water to travel up to 3km. Women no longer need to walk 2-3 hours up to 5 times a day to fetch contaminated water that made their children sick with diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, skin and eye problems.

Bugayi Water Pumping System

Total Impact: 7,000

Date of Installation: October 2015

Donor: iA Campaigners

Summary: Bugayi Village is located in Bugiri district. Before having access to clean water through Innovation: Africa, the women of Bugayi walked more than 1.5km to fetch dirty water at least 3-4 times per day and night, which often makes their children sick with water-borne diseases. During seasons when the sun was at its strongest, the borehole dried up completely, forcing the women and children to walk at least 4km to another water source. Bugayi Village now has 9 taps across 2km and is Innovation: Africa's 100th solar installation!

Nabweye Water Pumping System

Total Impact: 1,200

Date of Installation: April 2016

Donor: The Boot Family

Summary: Located in Mbale district, Nabweye Village is home to 1200 people and 4 kilometers from the nearest town. The only source of water for the community was a pool of dirty water. The waiting time for water was most severe in the mornings, when the school children would need to fetch dirty water for their families before they went to class and usually the wait was up to 2 hours. Nearly 4 surrounding villages utilized this only source of water. All of the villages reported multiple cases of severe diarrhea, typhoid and other water-borne diseases. The average family water consumption was between four to six 20-liter jerrycans that must be filled up at least 3 times per day. On April 14th, 2016 Innovation: Africa provided the community of Nabweye Village with 10 taps across 2.5km of clean water for the first time

Bukalikha Water Pumping System

Total Impact: 900

Date of Installation: March 2016

Donor: iA Campaigners

Summary: Bukalikha Village, Uganda is located in Busia District 6km from the closest electrical grid and access to energy. Before Innovation: Africa installed solar panels, a solar water pump, a tank, and 10 water taps throughout the village, their only source of water was a spring that was contaminated with many water-borne diseases, such as diarrhea and typhoid. Once the women and children arrived at the borehole, they would need to wait in line for at least 2-3 hours before fetching water. On average, one family needs 4-5 jerrycans to meet their water consumption per day, which means the women and children had to walk at least 2 miles, 3-4 times per day. On June 3RD, 2016 our team provided a solar water pumping system to the community of Bukalikha Village and today, many businesses are flourishing within the village such as making bricks, growing and selling vegetables and fruits.

Nkondo Health Center

Total Impact: 17,500

Date of Installation: October 2015

Donor: Sam Ben-Ur's Mitzvah

Summary: Nkondo Health Center is 37 KM away from the nearest town. This Health Center serves 20 of the surrounding villages, which has an astounding population of 17,500 people. On average, they receive 75 patients per day and perform 35 births per month. Due to the lack of energy and the unreliable gas deliveries, the health center is forced to transport vaccines from one clinic to another, which runs the risk of spoiling the vaccines. Since installing a solar vaccine refrigerator, they have given out over 2,600 vaccines in the span of 1 month, and have even more stored in the fridge. They have also been able to treat 600 children in the span of 1 month. The number of deliveries has increased due to the fact that more women are aware that the clinic has power, and they know that both their babies and themselves will be healthier.

Budwale Primary School

Total Impact: 1156

Date of Installation: November 2011

Donor: Team Tikkun

Summary: For years, the parents of Budwale primary school have been pooling together their funds to pay for candles and kerosene lamps. They used to do so because many of them live far away from the school, and their children cannot travel home each night. Instead, they sleep in their classrooms or in nearby huts. Mr, Walela Hamudani Namanda, Budwale primary’s head teacher, has taken this opportunity to run night lessons for these students. But the financial toll of the candles and kerosene lamps on families that earn less than $1 a day has been too great. parents have been forced to give up money for food and clothing to pay for kerosene. with solar energy in their school, the parents now don’t have to choose between feeding and educating their children. And with light for their nighttime study sessions, these students can receive the education that will help bring them and their families a better life.

Nanzala Primary School

Total Impact: 946 people

Date of Installation: January 2011

Donor: Sophie Wainberg (Online Campaigner)

Summary: The oldest students of Nanzala primary school were studying for their national exams when a storm blew off the roof of their school. they had been sleeping at the time—many were staying all night in school, preparing for the nation-wide exam that determines whether or not they will make it to secondary school. the tests are easy for those that prepare, but without light in their homes, these children do not have the opportunity to study in the evenings. with money going to repair the roof of the school, there was none left to fund the candles and kerosene lamps used to light nighttime study sessions. with solar energy in their classrooms, the students of nanzala are once again able to resume their studies and continue on to the higher education they deserve.

Bumadanda HC

Total Impact: 31,111

Date of Installation: July 2010

Donor: Ishofsky Family

Summary: Before the installation of solar energy at Bumadanda Health Center II on July 1, 2010 in Mbale, Uganda, the clinic could not offer effective medical care to the average 10 patients seen at night and 70 patients seen during the day. Located 7 kilometers from the closest electrical grid, Innovation: Africa installed 5 solar panels of 85Wp each and 14 light bulbs of 11W each. On average, 6,000 vaccine doses are stored in our solar refrigerators and issued since our installation and 500 children are vaccinated per month. Thanks to Israeli solar technology, men women and children now have the proper medical care and attention they deserve, all under the light of solar energy. Bumadanda Health Center I+II serves a population of 32,000 people and is open 24-hrs with 2 staff members.



Lwaso Primary School

Total Impact: 550 students

Date of Installation: December 2010

Donor: iA Campaigner

Summary: located 10km away from the nearest village with electricity, the Lwaso primary school is home to 530 students and nine teachers. The school has no official boarding program, but both students and teachers have to walk such great distances to get there that they often spend the night sleeping in their classrooms, pushing  back the desks and sleeping on the cement floors. Each night, these students used to struggle to complete their studies by candlelight. solar energy in Lwaso primary school finally allowes the community to come together in the evenings, eating meals, studying and preparing for exams for the first time ever in the light.

Putti Primary School

Total Impact: 576 people

Date of Installation: February 2009

Donor: Elisha & Kellie Rothman

Summary: With only 10 classrooms for 1100 students, Putti primary school is crowded by even rural African school standards. These children know that education is their greatest opportunity. but without light, the students that piled into class each day could not complete their homework in the evenings. They couldn’t finish their assignments or study for national exams, preventing them from the success they were trying so hard to achieve. Now, with solar technologies provided by innovation: africa, the 1100 children of Putti primary have light to read and prepare their studies at night for the first time, providing them with a chance at a brighter future.


Kaliro Orphanage

Total Impact: 300 people

Date of Installation: September 2009

Donor: Online Campaigner

Summary: Allan is an orphan. Shortly before both his parents died of AIDS, they entrusted Allan to Kaliro orphanage. For nearly three years , Allan has been living in the Kaliro dormitory, going to bed each night alone and in the dark. but recently, there has been a great change in kaliro orphanage. With the installation of solar energy by innovation: africa, the dormitories are lit up at night. for the first time, children can read to themselves and one another. Allan is only six years old, and has never had anyone to read him a story in bed. now, unlike his parents, Allan is learning to read by himself,  and for the first time doesn’t feel so alone.

Nawansekese Primary School (Natan School)

Total Impact: 544 people

Date of Installation: October 2009

Donor: Natan

Summary: Mutyaba Abaasa never chose to run this rural school. Posted there by the government in 2005, Mr. Abaasa found only a series of thatched huts and outdoor benches when he arrived. Now, four years later, seven classrooms have replaced those huts, and a boarding program is in place for their poorest students. Mr. Abaasa has been waiting for years for electricity to begin his evening homework program, and to provide light to the boarders who are forced to be away from their families in order to receive an education. innovation: africa has made this possible with solar technologies. now, each night, the students study and learn together in the light.

Putti Poultry Farm & Community Center (Project Hazan)

Total Impact: 144 people

Date of Installation: December 2008

Donor: Steven Hazan

Summary: The people of Putti village are poor. They depend on agriculture and livestock for their income, and recent years have been harsh for their community. Together, they built a poultry farm and community center to serve as a new source of income for the village. With solar energy,  innovation: africa provided light in the poultry farm. chickens don’t eat in the dark, so light at night helps to breed a larger flock worth more at local markets. Light in the community center allows the building to serve as a guest house as well. The people of Putti Village are trying to improve.

Ten Individual Homes

Total Impact: 70

Date of Installation: May 2009

Donor: Hirsch Family Foundation

Summary: When Rebecca and her five children went into their hut each night, there was no light. Without windows or a chimney, burning candles or kerosene lamps was dangerous for their health and safety. The cost of candles and lamps also made them a luxury item, and rebecca could not afford them. Her children could not complete their homework, and the day would end as soon as the sun set, because she and her family were unable to access light. now, innovation: africa has provided solar energy in their home, and rebecca’s children sit together and study for the first time. Rebecca, who never received an education, is learning to read as well, and a family whose day used to end with nightfall now gather, talk and work into the evening.

Putti Water Project

Total Impact: 1100 people

Date of Installation: December 2009

Donor: Elisha & Kellie Rothman

Summary: The average African woman spends over three hours a day fetching water. This adds up to a total of 1,095 hours per year, or 45 entire days. The water each mother brings home to her family is often unclean, causing over 80% of death and disease in the developing world. And putti village was no different. women and children would spend their days carrying water instead of going to school or earning a living. That is why innovation: africa provided solar power for a water pumping system in the village. Now, 20,000 liters of clean water is pumped each day to serve the village’s cooking, drinking and livestock needs. For the first time, women and children simply walk to the faucet in the center of town and bring home clean, safe and plentiful water for their families.

Putti Library & Synagogue { Rothman library and synagogue }

Total Impact: 144 people

Date of Installation: January 2016

Donor: Elisha & Kellie Rothman

Summary: 100 years ago, a group of Jews in Putti village converted to Judaism. they are orthodox, strictly observing the sabbath, holidays and all the laws of Kashrut. but they are poor. They have lost eight members of their community to malaria, and many do not have enough food to eat. Still, each friday night, they come together to pray in their synagogue. Without light to read, only the leader chanted, reading by the light of a candle, and the rest of the community would attempt to mumble along. Now, innovation: africa has brought light to their synagogue, and all the members of Putti village can read and sing together for the first time. We have also powered their poultry farm, community center, ten individual homes and a water pumping system. Putti library and synagogue was dedicated by Elisha and Kellie Rothman in memory of Jerry Rothman and Yitzchak Isaac Weinberger.

Namutumba Synagogue

Total Impact: 160 people

Date of Installation: February 2009

Donor: Shorenstein Family

Summary: Another community of Ugandan jews is located in Namutumba village. Led by Rabbi Eric, who has been studying Judaism since the age of two, they are devoted to their faith and gather each week to pray. Without funding even for candles or kerosene lamps, however, these impoverished Jews were unable to study their religion, to read religious texts or to recite prayers in the evenings. now, with solar power from innovation: africa, they gather each evening to discuss issues facing the community. Women and children come to learn with their husbands and fathers, and for the first time, the synagogue is the center of their Jewish communal life.

Nawampiti Medical Clinic

Total Impact: 30,000 people

Date of Installation: March 2010

Donor: Henry & Myrtle Hirsch Family Foundation

Summary: Located over 25km from even the nearest town, no one ever travels to Nawampiti—not even the local government. The people of this isolated village have never seen electricity, never even dreamed of having it. This clinic serves over 30,000 people, and has never issued a single vaccine. Countless numbers of villagers suffer from preventable diseases such as polio, tuberculosis and yellow fever, all because they had no power for a refrigerator to store medicines and vaccines. On the day we arrived to install solar energy, hundreds began lining up. our local manager had explained to them what they could expect, and news of the vaccines that would be made instantly available spread quickly through the village. The very day of our installation, children were already receiving their first ever vaccines, and a community of 30,000 people now has access to proper medical care any time of day.

Lubuulo Primary School

Total Impact: 1,009 students

Date of Installation: May 2010

Donor: Henry & Myrtle Hirsch Family Foundation

Summary: Lubuulo primary school is run by reverend Waako Andrew, and has 1009 students. Living without lights in their homes, the students used to remain at school in the evening to complete their homework each night. Recent drought, however, has caused a food shortage that has left the entire community short on both funds and food. Parents and teachers could no longer afford the candles and kerosene lamps they once used to light the school at night. Without light for their studies, students would fail out of school and parents were forced to choose between feeding and educating their children. now, with solar energy installed by innovation: africa, families no longer need to spend the little money they have on kerosene. Teachers have committed to volunteer their evenings to run extra curricular and adult education programming. This light and the commitment of Lubuulo’s teachers will allow opportunities for the previous generation as well as the next one to excel, and to escape the cycle of poverty in order to help themselves and their community.


Nabigwaali Health Clinic

Total Impact: 23,422 people

Date of Installation: March 2012

Donor: David Werber

Summary: Without light in their facility, births and nighttime surgeries at the Nabigwali medical center were performed by the light of unsafe and unsanitary candles and kerosene lamps. Those in need of urgent medical care at night often could not locate the clinic in the dark. finally, without electricity for a refrigerator, government issue medicines and vaccines would spoil in the african sun. On march 7th, 2010, innovation: africa installed an Israeli solar system on the roof of Nabigwali medical clinic. Now, the people of Nabigwali have access to the medical care they deserve. Each of their treatment rooms is lit for nighttime medical care. We have installed lights outside the clinic as well, allowing the 23,400 served by this facility to seek treatment at any time of day. Finally, their solar powered refrigerator is now fully stocked with lifesaving medicines and vaccines, and an entire generation of children will now be immune to preventable disease.


Kaliro Community (KATCHO)

Total Impact: 500 people

Date of Installation: June 2010

Donor: Laurie Moldawer, Howard Tucker, Ben Kanfer

Summary: KACHO is an HIV/AIDS clinic with over 500 enrolled patients ranging in age from 2 to 60. For years, the facility has provided counseling services to patients suffering from HIV/AIDS, performed initial screenings and administered prophylactic drugs. Because they didn’t have electricity for a refrigerator and lab, they were not accredited by the government and could not administer much needed lifesaving antiretroviral medications. AIDS patients were forced to travel 20km on foot to receive monthly treatment at the nearest accredited facility. Now, with a lab and refrigerator made possible by solar energy, KACHO will be able to offer treatment to the local community, and even perform testing for HIV/AIDS. This will allow for earlier identification of the disease, preventing its spread and providing treatment to those that need it.

Bumadanda Primary School

Total Impact: 1033 people

Date of Installation: May 2010

Donor: Gitler Family

Summary: Isolated by the long, rough roads at the foot of Mt. Elgon, Bumadanda primary is located 15 km from the nearest electrical grid. The school’s 13 teachers often stay late into the evenings to help children study for national exams and prepare their lessons at night. With only kerosene lamps for light, however, children and teachers used to strain their eyes to work into the nighttime. The prohibitively high costs of kerosene lamps--nearly 2,000 Ugandan Shillings ($1) per day—was more than the average family’s daily income. Now, with light in their classrooms, these students and teachers will not have to spend the little money they have on unsafe and unsanitary sources of light, and for the first time will have a true opportunity to improve their chance of academic success.

Budwale Health Center

Total Impact: 8750 people

Date of Installation: May 2010

Donor: Yasmin Brenner

Summary: Budwale health center is run by Dr. Tom Nasufwa. Located over 15km from the nearest town, the clinic is cut off from other villages by rough, mountainous terrain. On our first site visit to the project, Dr. Nasufwa was very clear in his beliefs that solar could save lives. “I wish my health center is considered to have solar power," he said, "in order to save mothers in labor at night." this health center sees over 25 patients a day, many of whom are women seeking maternity services. Nighttime births have always been a problem at Budwale--the faint light of kerosene lamps is insufficient to deal with labor complications, and many lives have been lost as a result. Now, with solar energy, not only can the doctor deliver children and treat patients safely at night, but we have installed a solar powered refrigerator as well. Proper refrigeration will allow the thousands of children in and around Budwale to receive vaccinations against preventable disease, providing them with the opportunity for the long, healthy life they deserve.

Thornbury Bufumbo Health Center

Total Impact: 7000people

Date of Installation: July 2010

Donor: CJP/Temple Beth Avodah

Summary: Thornbury Bufumbo health center is the only medical facility for several surrounding mountain villages. It was built to serve those who cannot travel the treacherous 5km road to reach a larger medical facility at the mountain’s base. Head nurse Hajala Zandia offers 24 hour services including medical, antenatal and post natal care, and immunization services twice a week. When asked how they kept the vaccines, nurse zandia told us that they had to pick them up from the government health center. during the rainy season, if the mountain road becomes impassable, children cannot receive their vaccines and remain vulnerable to preventable disease. “We see at least 20 patients everyday” said the nurse, “but our main challenge is a source of light, especially when a mother in labor is brought at night. We have to use candles and lamps which are not only expensive, but the source of light is also poor.” With solar energy installed by innovation: africa, Thornbury Bufumbo health center now has light and a solar refrigerator to store lifesaving vaccines all year round. nurse zandia can now provide vaccines to children seven days a week, and can offer the best possible medical care to her patients at any time of day or year.


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