Father’s Day Special – how access to electricity transformed Thandolwenkosi Mazwi’s life


June 6th, 2017

With Father’s Day coming up soon, I thought it would be a good time to tell you about how Practical Action is helping men and their families.

Thandolwenkosi Mazwi is a High School teacher in Mashaba, Gwanda, Zimbabwe. He is 44 years old and married with five children; two boys and three girls. When we met him at the Mashaba Health Clinic, he had brought one of his sons with him who was being treated for ringworm and needed a check-up.

While Thandolwenkosi and his son were there, he told us what life was like without electricity:

“When my wife delivered one of our children, she delivered here, well before electricity. She delivered in the morning. She was in labour during the evening, she came here at midnight. She had to bring candles.

I can just see the nightmare of delivering when there is no electricity, vividly I can see it.

With electricity, their services will be excellent, so we were very excited when they came to tell us about the project”

Now, thanks to donations from our kind supporters a solar mini-grid has been installed, supplying electricity to the clinic – which serves 6,000 people in the community. The difference this has made is incredible – by bringing light and power, doctors and nurses are able to treat people safely at night, patients and pregnant women feel much safer and vaccines can now be kept in the fridge so they last longer.

Want to make a difference this Father’s Day?

Buying a Practical Present not only shows how much you care, it will also mean a lot to people like Thandolwenkosi and his family.

Click on this link to find the perfect present thank you!

Sustainable Energy for Rural Communities project

 

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