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Miami Dade College Students Helping Light the Way with Solar Lanterns for Students in Rural Kenya

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Miami, October 30, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s acclaimed (MDC) Earth Ethics Institute (EEI) and the Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy (iCED) have launched the Solar Lanterns for Learning (SLFL) project. This college-wide project, which started this past spring, supports students in the rural village of Chumvi in Kenya by providing solar lanterns so they can study and walk to and from school at night.

Evans Wadongo, founder of Sustainable Development For All (SDFA) and a catalyst behind the project in Kenya, inspired students in EEI Yes for Environmental Sustainability (YES!) Clubs at several MDC campuses to develop a service-learning fundraising online campaign called “sponsor a student.” The EEI site posts pictures of students in need of a lantern and any individual or group can sponsor that student. To date, the project has raised funds to sponsor nearly two dozen students with lanterns.

The Kendall campus YES! club was able to spread awareness about the project and raise nearly $300 to sponsor eight students at their “Ken-Ya Keep Up?” event, where they sold handcrafted bracelets made from recycled materials and baked goods.

This successful partnership helps the MDC community contribute inexpensive simple solar solutions that change lives as well as develop an appreciation of students around the world who are pursuing their education in spite of the obstacles they face. 

The cost to sponsor a student with a lantern is $30. Visit to find students who need sponsorship, or contact EEI or iCED for more information at 305-237-3796 and 305-237-3848.

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