WOMEN UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONS: SOLAR STREET LIGHTS FOR EDUCATION
By Daryeel Project with Abudwak Women University Students
Through the initiative and leadership of a group of women university students, and with support from the Galmudug Ministry of Interior, Federal Affairs and Reconciliation, the installment of solar streetlights from Abudwaq town to Abudwaq university was identified and proposed. Installation of the solar streetlights will address the security challenges encountered by women on the road to and from the university during evening hours.
Marwo Union and Development Organization is a civil society organization (CSO) established and representing women university students. The founders are twenty female students from Somali National University Branch of Abudwak district. The main objective of the CSO is to identify and lead activities that can address all basic social, economic, and environmental issues. In the case of the solar street light initiative, provision of solar streetlights from the town to the university will create safe access to high education in the evening for mothers and young girls who take evening classes as they struggle to make a living for their families in the morning.
Installation of 20 solar streetlights from Abudwak town to the university can be done through the matching grant activity under Daryeel project, which supplements the funds raised by the university students at a set ratio. As this activity was proposed by university students, and which will benefit all students of Abudwak university, the matching grant ratio will be 1 to 5. The Community contribution expected is $10,000 with the project matching $50,000. Hence the total cost of the solar street lights will be $60,000.
To compliment the matching grant activity, Daryeel project will fully cover the installation of solar panels for the university borehole and to provide lighting to the university classrooms, library, and university block as proposed by the women university students. This will minimize the cost of the fuel for the borehole generator. Lastly, Daryeel will provide support to the planting of seedlings in the university bed, which will both be planted within the university and the town, as well as to sell it to at an affordable price as part of an income generating activity for the women. to contribute to the women university’s goal of planting 10,000 trees.
Successful implementation of the project will provide the women university students with a solid learning experience on leadership, as well as activity development and fundraising skills.
Thank you for contributing towards increasing security and access to education to university students through provision of solar streetlights from Abudwaq town to Abudwaq university. This will benefit the whole Abudwaq community and students from beyond!