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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 […]


EPAfrica: A gateway to my career

Here’s an interesting fact for you, 91% of our alumni include volunteering for EPAfrica on their CV. That is an incredibly high percentage, especially as so many of our alumni have a whole host of experiences to choose from. Of course, I have always known that EPAfrica offers its volunteers what recruiters love and call ‘transferable skills’, but what exactly are those skills and is it more than just a tick on a CV box? Certainly for me, my […]


The EPAfrica Summer Team: Why I keep coming back for more …

By Patrick Hearn Over Christmas and New Year I was thinking about my favourite part of 2014. Undoubtedly, it was the time I spent re-discovering Kakamega, Kenya for the third time in as many years.The decision to return to East Africa again was not an easy one, and there were a number of reasons that made it problematic: the costs involved, the chance to do an internship, my mum telling me that I was trying to avoid her, […]