Innovation: Africa's mission is simple: we bring solar and agricultural technologies from Israel to Africa. Since 2008, we've completed 63 solar projects alone. These are solar powered schools for students and adults to study in the evening; medical clinics for emergency nighttime care and refrigeration of lifesaving vaccines; and water pumps for providing clean water to communities in need.
Innovation: Africa used to be known as Jewish Heart for Africa. Why the change? Learn more here.
What We've Done So Far
So far, our projects serve 454,422 people, but there are so many more who need us.
Last Hanukkah, in just 8 days, we raised $8,498 to bring light to Sapiri Medical Center in Uganda. We gave them electricity in their inpatient ward to treat patients at night. They no longer use dangerous kerosene lamps for night time procedures, and they have a refrigerator in which to store lifesaving medicines and vaccines. For the first time, the 7,890 residents of Sapiri Village have access to the medical care they deserve.
Click here to learn more about the impact of last year's campaign.
One year later, the number of patients visiting Sapiri each night has doubled and the number of women coming in to give birth has tripled. They are running out of space.
They also have a primary school nearby. It serves 1,400 children -- 636 boys and 764 girls. Nearly 300 are orphans, mostly due to AIDS. These 1,400 children have no place to study after the sun sets. Most cannot even afford candles or kerosene lamps in their homes. And for those who can, they risk fire, eye strain and lung disease, all just to study after the sun goes down.
Why We Need Your Help
With $10,000, we will go back to Sapiri Village to do two things:
1. We will extend the solar energy we installed last year at Sapiri Medical Center's inpatient ward to a second building nearby, the outpatient wing. With light in a second building, there will be plenty of space for all the new patients coming in at night since the installation of solar energy. We will also give them power for a laboratory with a microscope that will allow the doctors to diagnose diseases like malaria and tuberculosis. Diagnosing and treating these diseases earlier means that patients will receive the care they need sooner, and will increase their chances for a full recovery.
2. We will power Sapiri Primary School, providing students with a place to study and learn at night. The teachers have already offered to stay late and teach evening classes. The 1,400 students will have a safe place to study without risking their eyesight and lungs, and will have the opportunity to work towards the brighter future they want for themselves.
We don't have much time. Hanukkah is only 8 days long. But with your help, we can use this week long holiday to bring light to those who live without it. And for the people of Sapiri Village, every day will be a Festival of Lights.
Other Ways You Can Help
You can run a campaign of your own, donate your birthday, volunteer, spread the word...the opportunities are endless! If you're interested in getting involved, visit our volunteer page.