Charities join forces to shine light in East Africa

Students with their solar lamps at Hoja Secondary School.
Students with their solar lamps at Hoja Secondary School.
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Two North East-based charities are combining their efforts in order to maximise the positive impact they have in remote regions of Africa.

Steve Cram’s COCO charity has taken over the charitable activities of the Nuru Fund, integrating the innovative work into its existing and future initiatives.

Steve Cram hands out solar lamps to students during a visit to Hoja Secondary School.

Steve Cram hands out solar lamps to students during a visit to Hoja Secondary School.

Founded in 2013 by Gentoo Group, the Nuru Fund project has already provided over 900 solar lamps to rural off grid communities in East Africa, replacing dangerous kerosene lamps.

Through the existing arrangement with the Nuru Fund, 430 of these lamps have been delivered by COCO in a partnership that dates back three years.

COCO’s Schools for Life initiative, which aims to develop self-sustaining schools and provide education to young people will be one of the direct recipients of the solar energy made possible through the transfer of assets from the Nuru Fund.

Being able to harness solar energy for these schools is vital in order to ensure they become self-sustaining and the initial focus of the ongoing work will be three schools in Tanzania and Kenya.

Lucy Philipson, CEO of COCO, said: “We’re delighted that COCO will have the opportunity to continue the good work that has been started.

“Our existing relationship with the Nuru Fund and the projects that we already have in the region means that COCO is ideally placed to invest the Nuru Fund assets very effectively.

“Together, we have already transformed lives and both charities have agreed that our proposals for the remaining funds will sustain that positive impact.

“Crucially, that will also become a part of our wider plans for the area, so the Nuru Fund legacy will be a long and positive one.”

To find out more about the work of COCO, visit www.coco.org.uk, find the charity on Facebook or follow @COCO_Charity on Twitter.