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Solar Energy: A sunny solution to boarding school blackouts

Context Anyone who has spent any time in Kenya knows that power cuts are frequent and disruptive. The effects of  these outages are particularly dire in boarding schools, where students are plunged into darkness every time there is a power cut, severely inhibiting their ability to revise or do their homework outside of daylight hours (7am to 7pm). The cuts are unpredictable and can last several hours or even days. Electricity bills in the secondary schools […]


Kakamega Period Party – by Jamie Southall

The context On the 14th of August, Kakamega Central House saw its first ever Period Party. I had been researching cheaper and more sustainable alternatives to the poorly supplied sanitary pad system our school uses, and became interested in menstrual cups as a possible solution. After making some enquiries, I found that many  companies could potentially supply a large number for free or at a discounted rate.   After myself and other Project Workers presented […]


Organisation is Key – by Eddy Sidebotham

In my day-to-day life, I would say that I am fairly organised and tidy (my family might disagree with the latter point, given the chaotic state of my bedroom at times…). It has only been through my work as a Project Worker in St Mary’s Mukhuma Secondary School, however, that I have realised the true value of tidiness and organisation. Upon our arrival at school, it quickly became clear that St Mary’s faced great challenges […]


Life in Kakamega – by Jennifer Zhang

Landing in Kenya with my enthusiasm and passion, I have been experiencing all kinds of different things in this unique country for the past month. I got to encounter different people and come across cultural specific moments in central house, schools and downtown, exploring the small county Kakamega as a college student from China. Jackie Chan and Ching Chong Chan Being Chinese in Kenya makes up loads of special moments of the experience. For example, […]


Road, radio and research: thoughts from Kampala to Iganga

In central Kampala, a huge flyover is under construction. My driver, Sam, promises its completion will ease the congestion, but for today the rush hour traffic is crawling and I’ve got plenty of time to think. It feels like lots is changing here. Passing through immigration in less than thirty minutes felt like lightning pace, with an East African visa as my golden ticket. It’s designed to encourage tourism in the region, lasts three months, […]


A View from the Technical Institute…

Evan Reekie, Hui Min Ang and Donya Mojtahed-Zadeh are at St Benedict’s Technical Institute. They are the second set of project workers to work with the school.    St Benedict’s Technical Institute, a school offering mainly vocational courses, is based in the beautiful rural setting of Kakindo, Sheema district. This institute reflects the future of Ugandan secondary schools as the government are investing in this type of educational institution to equip students with the practical […]


Hillside Vocational Secondary School

As we’ve reached the mid-point of the summer, we have been reflecting on our first half experiences in Hillside Vocation Secondary School, Uganda… Our school project began with a full week working in the Hillside Vocational school all together, after Norbert, the third member of our trio, had arrived. Following a massive, vibrant religious conference on Sunday 9 July, which took place at Kitagata Secondary School in collaboration with several local schools, we already felt […]


Humans of EPAFrica 2017 – May 2017

Humans of EPAfrica April 2017 – Cambridge  This instalment of Humans of EPAfrica comes from Cambridge, with a group conversation with former PWs and committee members for EPAfrica, to understand their thoughts about the charity and its direction. The conversation has been split into three parts- · Their work before they went to Africa · Their time in Africa · What they learnt, and their current work with EPAfrica The group included both members of […]


Humans of EPAfrica – March 2017

HoEPAfrica March 2017: Maciej Mańka & Emily Fox As a second instalment of Humans of EPAfrica, we interviewed two prospective project workers who are venturing out this summer to Kenya and Uganda. Maciej Mańka is a first year UCL student studying neuroscience, and Emily Fox is a first year studying Development Studies & Geography at SOAS. Both of them had never heard of EPAfrica before they came to university, so we decided to see what […]


Humans of EPAfrica 2017

With 2017 in sight, this week we’re revamping the Humans of EPAfrica page for the next year, starting with an interview with Caroline Sharp, who was a PW in 2014, and is now the UK Operations Manager. We’re aiming to get a more personal look at what it’s like to be a member of EPAfrica, and see what it takes to be a member of the charity, from day-to-day work to their most impressive stories […]