Electricity services are not available in Lamu, especially in the islands. The area is facing great poverty and lacks the basic commodities, leading residents to work harder in order to meet their needs. Most families in the area use the kerosene lamps for lighting throughout the night. However, due to the scarcity of kerosene, school children often miss the opportunity to study at night, leading to poor performance in school. At night it is also dangerous for people to go out, for example to an outdoor toilet, since there is no light. This also threatens their security during the night. Another major issue is that the use of kerosene puts their health at risk as well as drastically polluting the environment.
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Al-Khair Foundation is therefore distributing solar lights in Kenya that provide enhanced lighting at night. When these lights are charged fully, they can produce enough light to last the whole night. It has also helped the villagers to cut the cost of purchasing kerosene every day. The children were now able to finish their homework in the evenings using the solar lights, enabling improved performance in schools. Furthermore, this project has also improved the living standards, health and protection of the people of Lamu.