British Woman Using Unique Innovation to Help Kenyan Students With CBC Homework

  • Over 5,000 Kenyan students have benefited from the philanthropic gestures of Claire Paye from England and the Mwezi Foundation.

    Through the foundation, learners have access to portable solar lights they carry home to do their homework.

    This comes in handy in areas with no electricity connection. According to Paye, the lights help students complete their homework which consequently makes it possible for them to complete their education, escaping poverty and early marriages.

    However, the lights offered by the foundation have a unique feature that ensures they are used for longer periods.

    Mwezi Foundation Director Claire Paye at a past event

    Mwezi Foundation Director Claire Paye at a past event


    “What is unique about our lights is that they have been designed so that every component can be replaced,” Paye explained.

    “This gets them back into circulation as soon as possible, so more pupils can benefit, and we are raising money through the Big Give to help pay for this maintenance work,” she added.

    As the director of the Mwezi Foundation, she oversees the manufacturing of solar lights in Mombasa which are then donated to schools for children to do their homework.

    She noted that school managers visit the schools twice a year to replace the lights and take the broken ones to the Mombasa workshop for repair.

    “We are obsessive about not leaving any electronic waste in the Kenyan countryside. It is safe to the environment and the learners are not exposed to dangerous chemicals or a naked flame,” she noted.

    The foundation has three employees, one who assembles and services the lights, and the other two visit each school twice a year and maintain regular contact with the teachers.

    Recently, the foundation concluded an ongoing call for donations from well-wishers across the globe to help double the lights distributed in schools in the country.

    “We are so grateful for every donation that has been made¬† Thank you so much for your support and generosity,” she stated in appreciation.

    Students holding up portable solar lights distributed by Mwezi Foundation

    Students holding up portable solar lights distributed by Mwezi Foundation


Jay Ndungu

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