Rokhsana is from a poor family in Hijrat Abad village, and is in grade four at a formal school where she, together with 30 other class mates sit on the floor of their class room (4A) because the class has no chairs. The school is located on a hill side above the town of Hijrat Abad which is quite dusty in the summer making it difficult to concentrate when trying to study. The students would like to have a proper school with a library and a boundary wall around it to deal with the dust and to create a good learning environment.
Rokhsana walks one hour each way to school. After she returns from school, she helps her parents with housework at home, which deprives her of any opportunity to study during the day.
“When we got the solar panel, we removed our traditional lamps that we were using before. Now that we have this solar panel, it stops working when the battery is out of charge, as it is not working now. Therefore, we do not have always lights by this solar lamp. When the battery doesn’t work I can’t study at night and do my homework.
I spend two hours to walk to school and back home every day. When I arrive home I help my parents by feeding animals and then any other work that I need to do. However, my parents want me to study hard and become a doctor, but it is only possible when I have light in the nights to do my homework and study regularly.
I am very happy now with this new solar lamp which will enable me to study at night.
I am also thinking of making one stand for my solar lamp from used beverage bottles through which I can have more light for myself and my brothers who sit next to me and study together.
I love my solar lamp and always look after it while charging and keeping it in a safe place.”