In rural areas of Uganda only 10 percent of residents have access to any electricity. But slowly, solar power is transforming rural communities like the village of Bwengure, as individual families have installed panels of their own. It has become more common to see refrigerators in small markets and electric lighting in schools, hostels, and hospitals.
For students at the Trinity Senior Secondary School in Bwengure, a little light has made a big difference. The school’s director has noticed marked improvement from his students, especially when comparing the boarding students who can study by electric light with the commuters who still rely on tadobas at home. The new electricity is not only improving studies, he says. Now students can gather around a television to watch the evening news and enjoy movies on the weekends. It has offered them a connection to the broader world.
Full story: The Christian Science Monitor