Solar at Tumaini

Help bring solar power to the school and orphanage at the Tumaini Center in Nakuru, Kenya!
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Tumaini Solar
Community
Nakuru
Kenya
3 Team Members

Generating good with solar energy

The Tumaini Center was created to provide assistance to some of Kenya’s most neglected social groups – orphans and street women. We want to show that it is possible to improve the conditions of these people in a sustainable, expandable way that can be applied all over Africa. We are already more than 80% of the way there – and we are asking for your help in getting us closer to our goal.

Our Goal

Solar power is a clean and sustainable solution to one of Tumaini’s largest expenses. Electricity prices in Kenya are more than double those found in the United States, but our location in Nakuru, Kenya has steady, year-round sunshine. This project will fund the installation of a 20 kilowatt (kW) solar power system that will reduce Tumaini’s power bill by more than $10,000 per year. Over the expected life of the system, this amounts to over $250,000 in savings – money that could instead be used to provide food, clothing, housing, and a full primary education to an additional 50 orphaned children.

These savings also bring Tumaini closer to its goal of self-sustainability. Currently more than 80% of Tumaini's operating budget is covered by revenue from our businesses and partnerships within Kenya - this project will bring us much closer to our goal of 100% self-sustainability.

We Need You

Installing our system requires purchasing the solar power components, shipping to Kenya, building a mounting structure for the system, and meeting requirements set by the local utility company. Thanks to generous matching of donations by The Beech Foundation, we are able to set our fundraising goal at $37,500.

With your help, we can reach this goal! Please consider donating to the campaign, and sharing this page with your friends and colleagues.

Stretch Goals

This solar installation is the first step in a planned transition to solar power at the Tumaini Center. If our campaign surpasses its funding goal, we have several stretch goals set up that would allow us to complete other phases of our plan immediately. If a stretch goal is not met, the additional money will instead go directly towards scholarships for the orphans at Tumaini.

About the Tumaini Center

The Tumaini Center was built using donations from the United States and Kenya to create an ecosystem of both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit programs. A large part of the revenue generated from the for-profit businesses is used to fund the not-for-profit programs, showing that it is possible to provide extensive community improvement in Kenya without being reliant on a constant stream of donations.

The Tumaini Center is currently home to the Tumaini Bethany Children's Home, the Jitegemea School, and the Nakuru 3:16 Bridge of Hope for Street Families. The Jitegemea School has about 350 students, of which over 100 are orphans living at the Children's Home. Nakuru 3:16 is home to six mothers and their eighteen children. They are supported in part by our water trucking, cottages and conference center, our farm, and partnerships with local businesses.

As we begin to apply this model in other parts of Kenya, we aim to reach the point of full self-sustainability. In this way we can show that with proper planning and management, and strategic use of initial donations, it is possible to create sustainable solutions to some of Kenya’s most pressing socio-economic problems.

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$14,775USD
raised by 40 people in 1 month
39% funded
0 time left
Verified Nonprofit
$37,500 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on March 9, 2014
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  • $5USD
    Our Thanks!

    Thank you for supporting Solar@Tumaini. Every contribution helps, and we can not tell you how much your support means to us!

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  • $15USD
    Funder

    Your name will appear on a special "Funders" page on the Solar@Tumaini site. Thank you for bringing our vision closer to a reality!

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25USD
    SPECIAL: Solar Dashboard

    Special early bird discount on access to the Solar@Tumaini Dashboard, where you can view how much energy our system is producing in real time once we go live, plus your name on the "Funders" page.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $35USD
    Solar Dashboard

    Access to the Solar@Tumaini Dashboard, where you can view how much energy our system is producing in real time once we go live, plus your name on the "Funders" page.

    3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $55USD
    SPECIAL: Tumaini Tote

    Special discount on your very own "Solar@Tumaini Supporter" tote bag, plus: -Your name on "Funders" page -Access to solar dashboard

    1 out of 150 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $65USD
    Tumaini Tote

    Get your very own "Solar@Tumaini Supporter" tote bag, plus: -Your name on "Funders" page -Access to solar dashboard

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $100USD
    Super Funder!

    You will receive: -Your name in a special "Super Funders" section of the website -A Solar@Tumaini tote bag -Access to the solar dashboard

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $500USD
    Commemorative Plaque

    All of the perks of "Super Funder," plus your name will be included on a commemorative plaque on display at the Tumaini Center.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Shout-Out from Tumaini

    All of the perks of "Commemorative Plaque," plus a personalized video shout-out from some of the children of Tumaini!

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Three Nights at Tumaini!

    Enjoy a 3-night stay for two at one of the beautiful Tumaini cottages! Meet the children of Tumaini, tour our facilities, and enjoy a relaxing weekend outside Nakuru. You must be able to provide your own flight and transportation. Plus, all the perks of the previous tier!

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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