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Project information

Solar Lamps for Robert Sinyoka

This project aims to replace kerosene lamps with solar-based household lighting through an integrated approach of community mobilization and technological intervention to the residents of Robert Sinyoka, Zimbabwe, a peri-urban settlement which is neglected, almost forgotten and without electricity.

October 2013 - December 2015

Charity information: The4cs - Climate Change Community Champions

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  • Need


    Thousands of children from Robert Sinyoka in Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) are at serious risk of not having the opportunity to complete primary education. Economic hardships, underdevelopment and drought in this specific area has resulted in non -existence of health services, trading shops and electricity. The area is distinctively identified by its dilapidated pole and dagga huts and can easily be mistaken as a rural area.
    Your gifts/donations will give these children an opportunity of a life time.


    1. Improved Literacy rate - children will read after dark more easily and school work will improve
    2. Improved Health issues - kerosene lamps fumes in poorly ventilated houses are a serious health problem. World Bank estimates that 780 million women and children breathing kerosene fumes inhale the equivalent of smoke from 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Solar lamps resolves these issues
    3. Extends the Working day - allows businesses to operate during the evening and promotes local enterprises

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    ACHIEVE UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION - Millennium Development Goal (MDG) # 2


    » the4Cs will raise funds, source solar lamps and in collaboration with the local school, donate the solar lamps to deserving children and families.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured versus improved school attendance and improved school grades - statistics supplied by the local participating school.

    Aim 2

    Introduce Income Generating Projects for sustainability purposes


    » Workshops will be delivered to participating residents to share knowledge of how entrepreneurs can start and/or improve their businesses.

    What success will look like

    We will measure the baseline knowledge and skills of participating members at the beginning of the project and then do the same at the end of the project - supported with evidence.

  • Impact


    Replacing kerosene with safe solar lighting will improve education, health, income and encourage a more planet smart way of living amongst vulnerable communities.

    This will be measured by evidence of improved health communities and income generating projects started and sustained.

    School grades from the local school will also confirm success of the project


    1. Lack of financial resources - the Big Give campaign will hopefully bring the required financial support for the project implementation.
    2. Lack of community participation - consultation with community elders including the local Pumula MP has begun and will be an on-going process


    Funders will receive an end of project report, with evidence of project implementation which will be in form of pictorial, testimonies, videography and written material.

    the4Cs is flexible and will be happy to supply any donar requirements during the implementation stage.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,820

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,700 Solar Lamps 300 Solar Lamps purchased.
      £700 Shipping Transportation from UK
      £900 Workshops 2 workshops delivered plus media coverage
      £520 Marketing Banner, stationery and refreshments
      £2,000 Management Planning, delivery & Monitoring
      £3,000 IGPs Starting Capital for Income Generation Projects
  • Background


    The main funding activities and administration of the project, including the sourcing of solar lamps for donation, will be done in the North East of England by the4Cs charity.

    The workshops, actual donations and project implementation will happen in Robert Sinyoka, Zimbabwe in partnership with the local residents and any other relevant stakeholders including the local authorities e.g. Health Services and Education Departments.


    1. Africa - Population of mainly Robert Sinyoka will greatly benefit and will have children educated which will eventually contribute to poverty reduction. Income generated will promote healthy living and stronger sustainable communities.

    2. North East of England - purchases of lamps will bring wealth to the region. the4Cs charity while working in partnership with partners will gain exposure, membership, integration and professionalism. Potential professional partnerships will be created.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The trustees and some volunteers of our organisation (the4Cs) charity, have lived and have vast knowledge of working both in Europe and developing countries, therefore consultations with relevant stakeholders and decision making people, is anticipated to be easily achieved and welcomed.

    The management team has both the academic and experience of project management. The team is also dedicated and has interest in promoting sustainable healthy living both in developed and developing countries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Albert Mhlanga - Pumula MP

    Working closely with the local MP, we anticipate facilitation of a holistic, participatory project involving the whole community and participants.


Will pay for one solar lamp to benefit one family

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