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Eva is a 10-year-old girl who attends St. Vrain Community Montessori School in Colorado. With her fellow students, Eva helps to run the student organized and operated Upendo Emporium, the proceeds from which go to support learning activities and supplies for their pen pals at the Upendo school in Tanzania. Most of the students at the Tanzanian school lack access to electricity and are unable to read or study past dusk.

Eva knew she wanted to do something to help her pen pals and was fascinated by the Nokero solar light bulbs when her mother introduced her to them. Knowing that these solar lights could help her friends in Tanzania, she raised enough money to buy an entire case, 48 lights in total. To do so, Eva organized a movie night at her school for the 4th, 5th and 6th graders. She surveyed her classmates about which movie everyone wanted to watch and decided to sell snacks as well. The evening was a grand success and she raised more money than she anticipated. She continued to sell snacks at her school and after months of work she was able to buy the Nokero N200 solar light bulbs. Her teacher went to Tanzania in June 2014 and delivered the solar light bulbs to Eva’s pen pals. The Upendo students enormously appreciated these solar lights. A tour of student homes revealed how life-changing having light will be; most students had no way of reading or doing projects in their rooms past dark.

Children are the change agents and we commend Eva for all her hard work and dedication to bringing lights into the homes of those living without access to electricity in Tanzania. Watch the slideshow below to see photos of the Nokero N200 solar lights being given to students in Tanzania.