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LIGHTS FOR LEARNING: Bushey kids swim 1000 laps to raise money for education in Kenya  

 Published on: 12th March 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Seven-year-old twins from Bushey, Imran and Sophia Maryam, are fundraising by swimming 1000 laps to help provide proper lighting to rural villages in Kenya, East Africa.

Their initiative, named ‘Solar Lights for Learning’, is raising money to install solar panels in Kenya, to give school children electricity to do their homework rather than learning by candlelight.

The twins’ mother, Siddika Hashim explained: “The inspiration came from lockdown. The twins said the plus side was how they have learnt to use technology during lockdown. We spoke about how hard it must be for those that don’t have the resources we are so lucky to have.

“They started asking if I had ever been through a pandemic in Kenya where I grew up and wondering about how the children there must be coping.

“They asked how the children in rural villages studied and wanted to do something to help when they realised that they don’t even have electricity. The homes they live in are so basic and often just made of mud, clay and straw.

“The twins asked about how they could help. They decided to raise funds to install solar panels in rural villages in Kenya by swimming 1000 laps.”

Imran and Sophia Maryam have smashed their original target of £1000, which is enough for solar panels in five homes, and have raised over £4400, enough to light up at least 21 houses.

Siddika added: “They are thrilled to have had so much support and are so excited for the children they are going to help. It’s all come from their little hearts and we are all so proud of them.”

You can donate to the fundraiser at

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