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Annie’s Blog Entry 2

A Born Positive home visit.

A Born Positive home visit.

“You cannot change Africa. But Africa will change you”.

Living in Africa has started to feel very real now. To begin with I just didn’t register the reality of the situation I am in. Now, I’m coming to terms with the fact that the children I am living, talking, and laughing with here in AACOSIDA, are all affected by HIV/AIDS. The majority of their parents have died or are too sick to care for them, and as a result they are orphaned here. Some have even inherited the same disease which killed their parents. It seems so cruel that these children, some only six years old, have to live on medication to prevent the same long, painful death their parents (and countless others) have been through. And the medication itself may save their lives in one way, but the side effects caused by the same medicine and the stigma they face also condemns it. And through no fault of their own. Even the deceased parents cannot be blamed for passing the disease, whether it be due to the fact that they didn’t have access to contraception, or that the Mother was raped. We can play the blame-game forever and get nowhere. But right now, something can be done.

This realisation began when we visited Jacinto and Annabella (two sibling orphans that Born Positive has re-homed, which my fellow volunteer Vicky has written a blog about). It was then strengthened by two twin brothers here in AACOSIDA. From the first day we arrived here, these two young boys stuck out to me. The unhappiness in their body language was unmissable. They are identical even in their posture and mannerisms. Both stand with their arms crossed tight around their small chests, shoulders curved inwards, and eyes always looking at their feet. I later learned that their names are Nando and Jerson. Their Father left them when they were very little, and now their Mother is very sick and on her deathbed due to AIDS, so now they live here in the orphanage. After that initial meeting I have gotten to see their cheeky smiles when they are up to mischief, and before you know it you’re grinning along with them without even realising. But those moments are short lived. I also learnt that they get bullied here in the orphanage. The children here behave as any other child, sometimes they get on, sometimes they don’t. But the difference here is that all the children are psychologically traumatised, so being bullied is even more damaging. For example the other day Amy and I walked into the courtyard to find one of the elder boys dragging Jerson towards the large, concrete shed used for storage. He was crying and kicking the elder boy, desperate to get out of his grasp. Amy and I quickly approached and separated the two. As Amy lead the distressed child off I became aware of another screaming voice coming from inside the locked shed. Upon unlocking the bolt of the metal door I was horrified to find Nando standing inside amongst the storage. He was hysterical. Screaming as he hugged himself and shook. I speak little Portuguese, so I was no help in trying to comfort him or calm him down. Once I helped him out, I took him to Dumsane’s wife who could look after him. This is only one example of the bullying, since then there have been various other times we have witnessed these two boys being pushed around. Being in a situation where all you want to do is help, while knowing that you cannot do anything is hard enough for anyone. But knowing that these children are still grieving the loss of one parent or both without anyone to talk to is devastating.

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Since meeting them I have been in complete disbelief that these kids haven’t got any emotional support. In truth I wish I could help them, know their language fluently, or offer them somewhere where they feel safe. But there is only one person who can do that, and she is laying in a hospital bed somewhere, unable to care for her sons. In the UK, if a child’s parents pass away or are too sick to care for them they are taken to a foster home or to stay with a relative. As well as being around people they know well and staying in a positive environment, they will have access to professional counseling or therapy to help them accept the trauma. Here, however, the fate of the child varies. They may go and live with a relative, but siblings may have to be separated. They may end up in an orphanage, but only until they either find a substitute home or they have to leave due to there being few beds.

For the past few days I have been comparing Nando and Jerson’s situation here, to what would be done if it were happening in the UK. As I have mentioned, emotional support is one huge difference. But then I started to wonder what will happen because of this lack of support? Mental health appreciation is growing in the UK, with associations and charities like Time To Change, Samaritans, and Anxiety UK to mention a few. While in Mozambique it is treated like a crime, something to be hidden and locked away. If these children continue to grow up hiding their grief, it could result in a whole generation growing up with serious mental health problems. I was in fact talking to my fellow volunteer Vicky about this concern, and she told me of a friend who stayed with a host family in 2012 – also in Mozambique. The brother of the host father actually suffered from an unknown mental health condition, and due to this he was tied up in what could only be described as a shed, with just enough room to lay down. To think that he probably still lies there today due to something which he cannot control is deeply upsetting. And unfortunately, it is the fate of many others.

It is heartbreaking and sickening to witness only a glimpse of these children’s lives. But at the same time the greatest gift I will ever receive. To be inspired by only two little boys when a whole country, a whole continent cries the same message. Before my arrival in Maputo we stayed in Johannesburg for a few nights with friends. On our last night we went out for some drinks in the local bar. As we were sat, telling stories and drinking the night away, the woman we were staying with lent towards me and told me something I will never forget. She said “You cannot change Africa. But Africa will change you”. Only now am I truly realising the truth behind these words. At the time I believed her when she said it, but now not only do I see the truth, I also feel it. In my heart I already feel a change which is motivating me to use the skills I have to make a difference. No, I cannot change Africa. But I can change the lives of children in these situations, and so can you. Born Positive is working with these orphans and finding them a safe home where they can get the love and safety every child deserves. You can see the difference we’re making already on the Facebook page and this website! Great things are being achieved, but we need donations to keep them happening. What may seem like a small donation to you makes a huge difference here. So please, from Me, Amy, Vicky, Leo, and Flora here on the ground, and the children and families we are re-uniting – donate whatever you can. And thank you.

Esperanca and Amilcar’s Story…

Mama Esperanca and little Esperanca at their empty market stall

Mama Esperanca and little Esperanca at their empty market stall

On Wednesday 16th July Born Positive conducted the first home visit to a new substitute family, who are caring for an orphaned brother and sister. In Mozambique, there are no social workers or support systems in place to monitor the welfare of orphan children who are placed in families – in a country where poverty affects most of the population this can lead to orphan children being severely neglected.

Esperanca and her little brother, Amilcar, lost both their parents to the HIV/AIDS pandemic at just 3 years old and 6 months old. They were brought to our partner orphanage, AACOSIDA and shortly after a substitute mother, also named Esperanca, from their church group came forward and took them in. They have been living a happy life with her and her own daughter, Salmina ever since.

On visiting their home, it was immediately apparent that Mama Esperanca loves and raises them as her own. Although their house in the dusty suburbs of the capital city is basic, they do have access to electricity and running water. Both children are attending school and that is where Amilcar was during our visit – good sign!

Mama Esperanca does not have a reliable income and she depends mostly on food donations and help from family members to survive. We noticed a small but empty market stall outside her house on the road. We would like to help her purchase an initial stock of food items from the local warehouses so she can start a small business and generate some regular money for her family – going forward, it has been agreed that she must manage her cash flow effectively and buy her own stock replenishment. Born Positive will continue to guide her through this process should she need us.

Mama Esperanca is going to visit her local bulk suppliers and find the best prices, after which she will give us a quotation and we’ll accompany her to make her first purchase and help her with transport to and from.

We are appealing for a sponsor to help with the cost of this initial purchase, full details of the total price will be available shortly. If you think you can help please email us at: ahulme.marketing@gmail.com.

Handcrafted Bead Bracelets

Alzira and husband making the first Born Positive bracelet

Alzira and husband making the first Born Positive bracelet

Introducing Born Positive Beaded Bracelets…

We are very excited to be finally launching our first sustainable income generation project! Mama Alzira and her husband Abrahamo adopted their orphaned niece and nephew, Jacinto and Annabella, almost a year ago. We have been conducting regular home visits to the family to check on their progress and we are thrilled with the developments.

We have been in discussion with Alzira and Abrahamo over the last few months to get them started on a small business venture, hand crafting commissioned Born Positive beaded bracelets for us. The aim is to uplift their financial situation and encourage eventual independence from our monetary support.

After placing an order, Alzira and her husband will handcraft the stock. Each bracelet will be purchased by us for an agreed price of 25 meticals (50p). The bracelets will be up for sale in the UK initially for £1.50 each. The profits from every bracelet sold will go directly back into our charity and will be used to reach more vulnerable families who are caring for orphan children.

Born Positive Bracelets

Born Positive Bracelets

How to buy a bracelet?

Alzira’s bracelets will initially be available through our UK representatives: Vicky Parker in Aberdeen, Luke Fellone in London, Rosie Johnson in Nottingham, and Annie Harewood in Surrey. They will also be available at any events. Please contact us via email to organise the best way to buy yours!

If you would like to purchase an order of bracelets and help us to distribute them, please don’t hesitate to get intouch. The more places we can stock them, the more we can buy from Alzira and the more we will raise for our children and families.

Email: ahulme.marketing@gmail.com

Annie’s Blog Entry 1

Annie's first cold night at AACOSIDA Orphanage.

Annie’s first cold night at AACOSIDA Orphanage.

Week One – Arriving Home

In 2013 I spent two weeks in South Africa with my family volunteering for Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage. Now, nine months later, I have returned with my elder sister to volunteer for her and her charity Born Positive in Mozambique for four weeks. From my last experience in Africa I had some idea of what to expect, but at the same time I was apprehensive as to what was waiting for me over five thousand miles across the world. In order to arrive in Maputo, Mozambique we took an eleven hour flight from England to Johannesburg. After this we drove for five hours north east from the city towards Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province. After a few well-needed days rest we continued the final leg of our journey via coach south east across the Mozambican border and towards Maputo.

Our coach was meant to pick us and our suitcases up at 12.00pm on one of the streets of the town. However two hours later, we still stood: slouchy and tired against the bags, waiting by the side of a busy road in the midst of a small market for the coach to finally arrive. While we were waiting, trying to ignore the rumbling in our tummies and the aching pain in our feet and backs, we had time to look around and witness the organised chaos which was Africa. Directly in front of us was a main road, heaving with a range of vehicles including trucks, scooters, buses, and the occasional shopping trolley; accompanied by a man desperately trying to steer his way in and out of the traffic. Behind and to each of our sides was a small market, where stalls of fresh fruit and vegetables were being sold, along with various other goods. After what felt like an eternity, the coach arrived. However as soon as it did, so did a crowd of other passengers who were just as impatient and tired as we were. Once we had loaded our bags and found two seats, we settled down for the journey which would take up the rest of the day by tucking into a well deserved sandwich.

The first part of the journey was still within South Africa and during daylight hours. This meant that we could pass the time by gazing out of the window as we left the city behind, and take in the new views such as the mountains and the villages. As the sun began to sink towards the horizon we started to approach the Mozambican border. With our passports in our hands and a brisk pace in our feet, we left the coach and headed towards border control. For someone who had little recollection of what crossing a border was like, I was quite nervous. So as we got closer to the queue I was grateful I was with someone who knew what they were doing. Incidentally, I had nothing to be nervous about. I already had my VISA organised, which meant that we went through the border quickly and easily. But after seeing the waiting line for those applying for their VISA, I knew that I would always prearrange one. And so, we had crossed the border and started towards our coach again so that we could start the final part of our journey.

Once we were back on the coach and comfy again it was getting dark, even though it was only around 6.00pm. At the time I wasn’t sure whether it being dark was a good or bad thing. It could be good in the idea that it meant I wouldn’t have a culture shock immediately, however it could have also been bad in the idea that I may expect the worst and give myself a culture shock. Neither my sister nor I knew which way I would take it. But what I did know was that there is a huge difference on the Mozambican side of the border than the South African side. Immediately after the coach had pulled away I saw how much rubbish littered the road and earth, and the amount of people either walking or standing shoulder to shoulder in the back of pick-up trucks was almost unbelievable. But don’t get me wrong, South Africa was by no means litter-free, but the extent of it in Mozambique couldn’t be missed. At this point I was grateful it was getting darker. It meant that for now, these comparisons could be put on hold. And so, for the next few hours we tried to catch some sleep. As the only thing we could see out of the windows were distant fires, we had nothing better to do.

After the coach had dropped off the first set of passengers, and the momentary rain had passed, it was our stop. Once someone has spent the past four-five hours sitting on a coach, not to mention the last few days worth of traveling, you can understand that they may not be in the best of moods. This is in fact was what the taxi drivers found out once they had been waving their signs at us from the second the coach doors opened. We had already arranged a lift with Dumsane, the manager of AACOSIDA, Born Positive’s partner orphanage. Who we would be living with. So our frustration with the taxi drivers began to rise when they didn’t understand that we weren’t in need of their service, even when it was said in Portuguese. And so we found ourselves standing, once again, with just our luggage on the side of a road. The only difference being this time it was dark, and we were accompanied by various taxi drivers who were determined to get a customer.

Eventually after battling through Maputo city centre traffic, consisting of all kinds of cars, trucks, lorries, livestock, and the incessant sound of car horns we made it Matola, a town in the suburbs. We turned left off of the bustling highway, straight onto an even busier dusty dirt track which finally lead us to a large white, metal gate with peeling paint and rust. After three toots of Dumsane’s horn, a little hand could be seen fumbling with the padlock to let us in. As the gate slid open, half a dozen curious little faces welcomed us. And so, after twenty hours of traveling, we arrived at AACOSIDA orphanage which was going to become home.

Happy and HomeWithin ten minutes, all of our luggage had been carried and dragged into the main house by eager helpers, and after a quick dinner of a Mozambican traditional dish, matapa (the closest comparison would be spinach and rice) we were shown to our room. On first impression, and in all honesty, I wished to be back on the coach for the night. The room had three single beds and a cold, concrete floor. I turned to Amy and said, shivering “Its freezing. Maybe we should shut the windows?” to which she replied with “Hunny, there are no windows”. Since then, I have been shocked with the coldness off the evenings and mornings in Africa. I had no idea that their winters were so cold. I wished I had brought more jumpers and even a hot water bottle. However two days later, with glass windows fitted and two pairs of socks on, I already looked forward to tucking myself into bed under my mosquito net and gazing up to the corrugated iron roof. It feels like home.

Vicky’s Blog Entry 1

Vicky reunited with Jacinto after 2 years...

Vicky reunited with Jacinto after 2 years…

Monday 14th July 2014

After spending nearly a week in Mozambique, I can definitely say without a doubt that this country is a home from home. After planning what we were going to do over these next few weeks on my arrival, we took the weekend off and spent it in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. Walking around the same areas I did 2 years ago when I volunteered with VSO Youth Volunteering, and seeing the art market with batiques flowing freely in the wind and intricate wooden gifts, I began to realise just how much Mozambique means to me and how I developed personally for the better by spending 3 months volunteering here. It only felt right that this time I visited, I needed to give back to the community, which is where Born Positive comes in.

With the help of our new partner Dumsane, owner of AACOSIDA (an orphanage for 20 children affected by HIV/AIDS), we are continuing to support our existing families who already have orphan children in their care. We are also planning on finding substitute families for AACOSIDA’s children, whether that be finding their aunties, uncles, going through the process of adoption or even finding grandparents if they are capable of taking on the responsibility of looking after a child affected by HIV/AIDS in a country where poverty is prominent everywhere.

Today was a special day. It was my first home visit to none other than Jacinto and Annabella. Jacinto was at the orphanage, Infantario Provincial in Patrice, Xai-Xai where we volunteered back in 2012 with his younger twin brother, Mysterio, who sadly passed away a few months after the programme. Annabella was taken to the orphanage by a distant relative towards the end of the programme, so I had met her briefly. Born Positive has helped to relocate them to a loving home and they both stay with their Aunt Alzira and family, who live in Mahelene, a very rural part of Mozambique. It took us about two and a half hours to drive there on winding roads with multiple potholes that we had to swerve around and we drove over a few railway tracks that were VERY bumpy!

Walking through the African shrubbery towards the creche that Born Positive pays for them to attend to pick them up was exciting, I hadn’t really thought about how I was going to react. As we stepped into the room, maybe 40 children were cosied up together on bamboo mats watching The Lion King in portuguese. I didn’t really have time to take it all in as Jacinto and Annabella spotted volunteers Amy and Leo, who have been conducting regular visits to the family for the last year, and ran for cuddles. I was not sure if Jacinto would recognise me, after all it had been two years since I waved goodbye to him and Mysterio at Infantario. After Jacinto had cuddled Amy and Leo he looked at me and smiled and I was sure he knew I was a familiar face. He reached out his arms to me and I picked him up and he wrapped his legs around my waist and his arms around my neck, giggling away. I couldn’t help but cry out of shock that this baby boy, who was thought to have HIV but has been twice cleared, had recognised me. A simple volunteer who just a few years ago would visit the orphanage and give him and Mysterio cuddles, wheel them around the courtyard in a wheelbarrow which they loved, and give them the love and attention they deserve. Of course Mysterio was in my mind the whole time. It was a bittersweet moment. It pained me not to see Mysterio run up to us smiling and waving, but seeing Jacinto alive and healthy, talking and walking without looking small and weak like he was going to topple over, was a moment that will stay with me forever.

Travelling all that way was exhausting and made me realise how truly exhausting it must have been for my fellow colleagues and volunteers Amy, Leo and Flora to visit Jacinto and Annabella using public transport. Its hard to picture what public transport in Mozambique is like when you haven’t experienced it, but it is not like at home. There is no bus timetable, the chappa (mini bus style public transport) leaves when it is full, and by full I mean every seat is taken and people stand over the seated people, leaving no room for personal space! I cannot thank those who are donating towards our vehicle enough. You only truly appreciate the reasons behind needing it when you see here first hand the difference it has made. We will be able to spend more time with the families we support, assessing their needs and keeping orphan kids in loving local homes – and it’s all thanks to you!

Vicky.

Dumsane’s Story…

Baby Dumsane, playing with at his new home

Baby Dumsane, showing us his new home

Baby Dumsane lost his mother to HIV at just 2 months old, his father remains in the late stages of AIDS in South Africa. Thankfully, Dumsane himself did not contract the virus during childbirth or thereafter.

After losing his mother, he was brought to A.A.C.O.SIDA orphanage. In fact this is where he was proudly named after Mr Dumsane Macamo who runs the orphanage with his wife Clementina.

Shortly after Baby Dumsane’s arrival, a lady and member of the local church group came forward and offered to be his substitute mother. She doesn’t have children of her own, which means that Dumsane has her full attention as well as neighbouring children with whom he plays with – He is now 1 year 3 months and a very happy, healthy little boy.

His new mother earns money by selling second hand shoes and although this is not a reliable source of income, she loves him dearly. A.A.C.O.SIDA have remained in contact to check on the families progress and have provided donated baby milk and other supplies when they can.

Born Positive will now be helping to provide the follow up support that Dumsane and his mother need, with regular visits, donations of baby clothes and finding a sponsor to pay for him to attend creche as our initial focus areas. Longer term, we’ll be looking at ways to uplift Dumsane’s mother so she can boost her income – possible handcrafting some items for us! Watch this space!

If you would be interested in sponsoring Baby Dumsane’s crech fees please email Amy at ahulme.marketing@gmail.com.

Magda’s Story…

Amy, Magda, Flora and Dumsane.

Amy (Born Positive Co-Founder), Magda, Flora (Born Positive Family Liaison Volunteer) and Dumsane (AACOSIDA Orphanage Founder).

Magda was 4 years old when her parents died of HIV, her father worked in the mines in South Africa and it is there that he contracted the virus. On his return home to Mozambique, the infection was passed to the mother, and then onto Magda herself during childbirth.

Until the age of 7 Magda lived at A.A.C.O.SIDA orphanage, after which she was taken in by some of her family relatives living nearby, the home where she still resides now. She is a responsible young woman managing her medicines and going to school.

Last year she failed her grade 10, the pressures of relationships among her sexually active piers make her feel segregated, alone and anxious. She avoids boyfriends because she is afraid of passing the virus and even more afraid of disclosing her HIV status for fear of further bullying.

Although in this difficult age of questioning, Magda has always wanted to be a nurse. In July she will be re-sitting her grade 10 exam and if she passes she will be at the correct level to apply for nursing school. Having now welcomed Magda under our Born Positive wings, we will be helping her to find a bursary or sponsor and guiding her through the application process for the course of her dreams.

We hope you will join us in welcoming Magda to our Born Positive family and wishing her all the luck for her exam!

May Success Story!

May Success Story

Left to right – Rofino, Jacinto and Annabella

On Wednesday last week Flora and I visited Jacinto and Annabella, the orphaned brother and sister that Born Positive has been supporting for over a year now.

8 months ago we helped to relocate them to their aunty Alzira’s home in Mahelane Village, where they could experience family life and love for the first time. With Flora our Family Liaison Volunteer visiting them regularly, the improvements in the children and the overall unity of the family has been going from strength to strength.

Last weeks visit left us almost to happy for words! When we got to Mamma Alzira’s home we were over the moon to see that the Betta Lights solar unit that we installed in March was still intact, the ear-to-ear grin on Alzira’s face when we asked her how it was going told us everything we needed to know. The two light bulbs have absolutely revolutionised their lives.

It was 11am when we arrived and the absence of the usual crowd of children was a little strange but absolutely refreshing – they were all at school of course! After the usual meeting with the chiefs of the community to show our respect and announce our visit, we took the short walk through the village to the Khensane creche and primary school.

Walking around a blind corner into the courtyard of the school, I spotted our little cherubs playing and they spotted me! Within seconds I had been almost bowled over with hugs and shouts of “Mana Amy! Mana Amy!”

With the help of our wonderful sponsors – Martien and Barbra from Holland for Annabella and Tracie Shephard from England for Jacinto and Rofino – we have been paying for all three (Rofino being Alzira’s 3 year old biological son) to attend the creche Monday – Friday for the last 7 months. Whilst renewing the fees for another 3 months, Flora, Alzira and I beamed with pride as we were told by the head teacher how much progress the children are making in class.

But, perhaps the best surprise of the day was hearing 3 and a half year old Jacinto speak for the first time. Having worked with him for the last 2 years it was clear that he was developing much slower than most children of his age, undoubtedly due to the traumas (both emotional and physical) that he has faced during his life. Up until now, he has not been able to articulate a single word and would only communicate with noises and hand gestures.

Finally, just 2 months before his 4th birthday and after lots of practice at creche and finally feeling comfortable in his new home environment the shy little boy we once new has blossomed into a confident, happy go lucky, chatter box!

During the same week we also had the honour of meeting Magda, Dumsane and Isaac, three very special children each individually orphaned and affected by HIV in one way or another – after meeting each of them in person we are delighted to announce that Born Positive will be supporting them in the same way we have done and will continue to do for Jacinto and Annabella. More on that to follow!

Thank you for reading our success story and being a part of our Born Positive change! We couldn’t do it without you.

Amy Hulme – Co-Founder.

Baking A Difference!

Baking a Difference!

Baking a Difference!

#Bakingadifference

Calling all yummy scrummy cake makers! Can you bake some of your most tantalising sweet treats (or savoury if your a health freak) for Born Positive? Sell them on at school, uni, work or even at a bake sale, event or social gathering…

This is such an easy and fun way to raise funds for our good cause. You can even get your own kiddies involved and explain that their cakes are Baking a Difference for other children in Mozambique.

Make sure you send us pictures! We’d love to see them and share them!

Where will the money go?

We are currently tying to raise enough money, £3,500 to be exact, so that we can buy a second hand vehicle. The work we are doing with children in rural areas of Mozambique is expanding and we simply cannot continue without our own transport.

We have a fundraising page online here www.gofundme.com/vehicle-for-orphans where you can read more about this project. Once you have sold your cakes, you can simply pay the money safely and securely onto this page. Easy peasy!

More info

Please get in touch and tell us your plans, we’d love to know about them and can help you with information about Born Positive, posters, displays etc. And don’t forget to send us your pictures!

Tweet them to @Bornpos and hashtag #bakingadifference

Facebook them to facebook.com/born.pos

Email them to ahulme.marketing@gmail.com

Thank you! Amy Hulme xxx

Chairman and Co-Founder

February Success Story!

Mama Alzira's home, in Mahelane village - Mozambique

Mama Alzira’s home, in Mahelane village – Mozambique

Sustainable Solar Energy for our Families!

We are SO excited about this project. Having spent many days with rural families in Mozambique (and living with one for three months!) we know all to well how lack of electricity can impact a family, those that can afford it inside their homes are forced to spend around 30% of their very low income on electricity bills. But for the most, who cannot afford it at all, life can only happpen in daylight hours – can you believe that in this day and age only 15% of the population in Mozambique have access to electricity!!! (stats from World Bank)

On to our good news – this is a success story after all!

We contacted the wonderful people at Betta Lights, a company who design and manufacture high quality solar solutions. They have very kindly offered to donate one of their Betta Two lighting and phone charging systems to Born Positive free of charge!

With the help of their up and coming branch, Betta Lights Mozambique, we will be installing the donated unit into Mama Alzira’s home in Mahelane village in March. Alzira cares for her 4 children as well as her orphaned niece and nephew. They currently live in a one roomed bamboo house with no electricity (pictured above).

Betta Two unit from Betta Lights

So what will the Betta Two unit actually provide?

  • 1 x 5 watt solar panel
  • 1 x 6 volt 4Ah lead crystal battery
  • 2 x LED lights with cabling
  • A controller with built-in cell phone charger and switches for the lights

In simple terms, this easy to use piece of genius kit will provide a light bulb in two rooms (in Alzira’s case, one inside the hut and one outside to light up the cooking area), light switches to easily and safely turn the lights on and off and a mobile phone charging connector. The battery will provide up to 10 hours of continuous lighting time and the charge will be replenished in 2.5 hours of sunlight – the battery has a 10 year life expectancy.

All this with a one off investment and the almighty power of the sun!

We cannot wait to install the Betta Lights unit into Alzira’s home and see the difference it makes to the family, of course we don’t just want it to end there! After trialling the first unit and meeting with the chiefs of the community we hope to work on a much larger scale to get these solar solutions out to all the families, caring for orphan and vulnerable children that we can reach.

Thank you so much Betta Lights for your donation!

www.bettalights.com