Bringing Light to Students in the Tana Delta


Students from Kulesa Primary School receiving their lamps

Rural schools in the Tana Delta have been usually left out from development plans. The communities live off the grid as the power infrastructure doesn’t reach their villages. Without light, students are unable to study nor do homework when the sun goes down. Providing solar lanterns will be enable students to do their homework in the evenings, providing them the opportunity to do better in national examinations. Beneficiaries are upper primary students in Class 7 & 8, aged between 12-15 yrs.

The foundation is working with schools to offer the students in the nearby villages with lighted classrooms, as well as take home lamps to do their homework and evening self-study. Many of the villages lack electricity and as a result students are not able to do their homework at night. The solar lanterns will provide electricity for lighting classrooms at night. Students in these rural communities are able to study and compete with students from other parts of the country who have better facilities.

Since 2017, we have been helping more than 200 students per year who are preparing for their primary school leaving exams. This will improve their results & chances to advance to secondary school.

At Bubesa Primary School, the solar lanterns had a tremendous impact on the performance of the students in the national exams last November. The graduating class emerged top for the first time in the Garsen North Zone which comprises of ten schools. The mean grade obtained by all the graduating students showed an improvement of 20.44%.

It has been shown that young people who have had more years of education are less likely to engage in behaviors detrimental to their communities eg. Join tribal militia that engage in tribal violence, teenage pregnancies but help their families. Health of these families will also improve due to less smoke inhaling.

Read about the progress of the project :

From 9pm Wednesday 18th July ( Singapore time ) funds raised will be matched. Be the light ! 





Ubuntu : An Evening in Aid of Tana River Life Foundation

DSC_0007A big “Thank you” to all who supported us at the Amara Hotel on Friday 19th April at “Ubuntu: An Evening in Aid of Tana River Life Foundation“. Your generous support has enabled us to raise the amount needed to build the community library that is part of Phase 2 of the Emmaus Center Project. Our heartfelt appreciation also goes out to those whose sponsorships help us keep the cost of the evening low, and those who worked for months to put the evening together.

Thanks to Mr Milenko Prvacki and Mrs Delio Prvacki for curating the art works for the evening and getting their friends and associates to contribute their works to the event. The catalogue is available for download at Please contact if you would like to view the pieces of Art Available – 22 April 2013. Here are some photos of the evening as well as some behind the scenes pictures. IMG_1697 IMG_1675 IMG_1682 IMG_1706 IMG_1703 IMG_1704 IMG_1687 IMG_1673 And here are some photos of the evening : HR_FJP4766 HR_FJP5080 HR_FJP4755 HR_FJP4752 HR_FJP4748 HR_FJP4744-Edit HR_FJP4742 HR_FJP4862 HR_FJP4833 HR_FJP4810 HR_FJP4808 HR_FJP4806 HR_FJP4776 HR_FJP4783 HR_FJP4774 HR_FJP4768 HR_FJP4914 HR_FJP4896 HR_FJP4892 HR_FJP4888 HR_FJP4883 HR_FJP4870 HR_FJP5015 HR_FJP5014-Edit HR_FJP4867 HR_FJP5007 HR_FJP4971 HR_FJP5075 DSC_0140 DSC_0006 DSC_0030 DSC_0051 DSC_0045 DSC_0039 DSC_0037 DSC_0038 DSC_0078

Students at UTAR meet Dr Ling

Thanks to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 6 youths from Tana River are currently on scholarship at the Perak campus. The 6th student Prisca Habuya Mbaru joined them in January this year. She is the first female student from the foundation to be sponsored at UTAR and will be persuing a Bachelor of Arts in English Education.

Last December 5 of the students had the honour of meeting Utar council chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

Click here for a downloadable version of the article. The Star Online_ Kenyan Students Share their Experiences with Dr Ling – Dec 2012

ECP Phase 1 Construction in progress

Construction of Phase 1 comprising a two-storey school building started on Monday, November 26th, 2012 after a two month delay due to clashes that affected some parts of Tana River District in August and September 2012.

Thank you for your support and prayers.

ECP Construction - Day 1

ECP Construction – Day 1

ECP Construction - Phase 1 Day 2

ECP Construction – Phase 1 Day 2

ECP Phase 1 Construction - Day 3

ECP Phase 1 Construction – Day 3

ECP Construction - Phase 1 Day 4

ECP Construction – Phase 1 Day 4

ECP Phase 1 Construction - Involving the local community in and around Idsowe

ECP Phase 1 Construction – Involving the local community in and around Idsowe

Phase 1 Construction in progress

Phase 1 Construction in progress

Buy delicious cupcakes and support Tana River Life Foundation : Nov 2 2012

Thank you for supporting Tana River Life Foundation.

We continue our mission to raise funds for the Education Centre Project with the second Bake Sale of 2012.  The project aims to provide affordable quality education to the communities in the Tana River Delta.  Facilities include a kindergarten, a primary school, a community centre with library, computer lab, seminar rooms, meeting areas, designated areas to house income-generating projects for the foundation and offices. The buildings which are oriented to benefit from natural ventilation and lightning have been designed to be environmentally sustainable incorporating solar power and rainwater harvesting. This 3-year project will cost S$2,000,000. To-date S$700,000 has been raised.

We’re targeting to raise $3,000 which will be matched dollar for dollar by Jonaran Trust, based in Malaysia. $6,000 will cover about 27% of the cost of a classroom. 10 classrooms will be built.

Thanks to the mother-daughter team of Norliza Jalil and Maria Chung together with Oh Chew Khoon, we will be holding the sale on Friday 2nd November. Cupcakes will be the theme of this sale. Once again we thank Esther Wee of Halia Restaurant and Gina Choong of Kitchen Capers who will be sponsoring our ingredients and packaging materials & kitchen space respectively. All proceeds from this sale will go to the foundation. It’ll be great if you could order a box or 2 of cupcakes and support our efforts to help educate the young in Kenya.

Cream Cheese Frosted Carrot Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream,  Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Cupcakes

Cream Cheese Frosted Carrot Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream , Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Cupcakes

The following are available :

  • Cream Cheese Frosted Carrot Cupcakes – $45 per dozen
  • Cream Cheese Frosted Banana Cupcakes – $40 per dozen
  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Espresso Swiss Meringue Buttercream – $40 per dozen
  • Mixed dozen – $45 per dozen

In the name of raising productivity, we are now using online order forms instead of emails. Please order through this form by Friday 26th October and I will provide you with payment instructions and details on where and how to collect the cakes.   If you are unable to access or submit the forms, please email for assistance.

In addition, thanks to Tiew Peng, we have a series of framed monochrome and infra-red photos of the Singapore skyline and street scenes.

Singapore skyline and street scenes by Tiew Peng

Singapore skyline and street scenes by Tiew Peng


2 framing options are available  :

(1)   20.5×28.5 cm Matt print board mount with either White or Black capping

(2)   8R (8″x10″) Matt print with wooden frame

They are available at $120 each. Click here to view the photos available. They make excellent gifts ( even to yourself ) with Christmas just around the corner. Please email me if you’d like to purchase them and support the foundation’s efforts in educating the young in Kenya.

Once again, thank you so much for your generosity.

Iris on behalf of Tana River Life Foundation

Online Order Form – Tana River Life Foundation Bake Sale 2012

2011 Audited Report has been uploaded

The 2011 Audited Report of Tana River Life Foundation has been uploaded. Click here to download.

Gentle reminder for those of us in Singapore that Gabriel will be featured on the TV documentary series Everyday Heroes on Thursday 14th June at 9pm over Channel 5. Here is a trailer of the series.

Gabriel featured in "Everyday Heroes Trailer"

Gabriel featured in “Everyday Heroes Trailer”. Watch out for it at 9pm on 14th June over Channel 5