Give the gift of light


Earlier in the school year we published a book of IST elementary students’ stories called Write for Light.  Later in the school year, the money raised from the sale of this book will go towards helping provide renewable lighting for Tanzanians without access to reliable electricity.

To help us understand more about this technology the Appropriate Rural Technology Institute (ARTI) here in Dar es Salaam has provided a Barefoot 5W powapack for display in the elementary library. You are welcome to come and look at this ingenious system.  If you would like to purchase one of these for someone you know, please place an order with Sue Toms, Elementary Librarian. ARTI sell them for 190,000TSH and they are an authorized importer and certified service centre for Barefoot Solar products.

Many library classes this week watched the innovative use of the “Solar Bottle Bulb” or “A Liter of Light” (Isang Litrong Liwang) in the Philippines. You can watch it here:


Write for Light for sale!


Write For Light, the book of students’ stories and poems that were written last school year, is now for sale at the Elementary and Secondary libraries. This is a beautiful 80 page book of interesting short stories and clever poems, all written by Elementary students.

Please give Mrs Toms or Ms Ilana (in the Secondary library) 15,000 TSH for your copy. All proceeds will go to providing renewable lighting for Tanzanian families without electricity.

Perhaps you would like to get your copy signed by one of the student authors? Great gift for relatives!

Write for Light


Have you written something REALLY good this year and you want it be published in a book? Would you also like to help raise money to provide light for people in Tanzania with no electricity?

Email your stories to Mrs Toms before Friday 3 June 2011

All student stories need to be emailed to Mrs Toms from your parent’s email address so that we know they give permission for you to be published in the book Write for Light. You can also email a photo of yourself to appear with your story.

Stories should be no more than 2-3 pages in length and can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry, about anything you choose!

It is expected that the book “Write for Light” will go on sale November 2011. All profits will go to provide renewable (solar, self-powered, wind-powered) light for Tanzanians.