School Cell Booster Antenna

Bringing Cell reception to rural schools, cell boosters will amplify signals where possible, providing much needed communication, opening doors to the internet, and emergency needs


Solar Re-chargeable Electric Lanterns

Project will replace fire and health hazard kerosene lanterns with battery rechargeable lanterns


Amplify Cell Signals
Charge Phones & Lanterns


BYU Team

Brigham Young University,
Provo, UT, USA
Electrical & Mechanical Engineers


School Solar Power Cell Booster BYU Senior Capstone Project

Check out our 2018 May Deployment Trip Details Here

Project at a Glance

Zambia Scholarship Fund’s proposal was approved by Brigham Young University’s Senior Capstone program to design a needed communications solution & Solar Power Charging abilities for schools in Northern Zambia!  This will be a humanitarian project with the goal to design and build a solar charging system that will provide a much needed method for schools in rural areas of Northern Zambia charge cell phones, lanterns, and other needs as well provide ability to enhance communications by including a cell phone booster antenna where applicable.  Initial deployment goal is to support at-least a couple of rural secondary schools with out power to include Mulobola Secondary School and one other.

The priority need for this project is best described by ZSF staff Tobias below:

“LIGHT- I have also seen how people especially school going children struggle to study at night due to lack of electricity. Year in and out families mostly those who live in grass thatched houses die in an inferno as a result of the kerosene (lamp oil) used to light up the house at night. I have also seen school going children getting bitten by snakes as the go out to relieve themselves outside at night as you might be aware bathrooms are detached from dormitories (student houses).
3. Radio Project- This is another project whose benefits you cannot understatement. The mobile phones only cover a small fraction while the lager part of the country remains unreachable. For example sick people in need of emergency health services have no means of calling on the hospital to send an ambulance; bush schools face the same challenge.
Your concern on service and maintenance on radio project are genuine, however I’m sure Schools … where the facility will be mounted are capable of parting away with a small amount to maintain the equipment putting into consideration the benefit attached to it.”

Tobias Mangani (Zambia Scholarship Fund in Country Program Director)

Your donation will go 100% directly towards solar panel projects at the schools!
You can contact us with any questions concerning donating or after you do so and indicate if you’d like to be recognized as a system sponsor.
You may enter any value amount in paypal for your donation and indicate notes for us.  Reference the sections below pertaining to schools needing systems and cost breakdowns.
Specific Donation amounts will cover the following:
$3,300 Full System including solar charging system, 40 lanterns for student study groups, & cell booster amplifier
$55 per lantern (goal 40 per school)
$700 for the solar charging system setup
$400 per cell amplifier system to enable needed emergency communication and open doors for internet access possibilities within the rural bush

Note all PayPal transactions cost a fee of 2.2%+$0.30.  Thus for every $1000 donation about $22 is kept by PayPal
For PayPal fee details see: is suggested for very large donations you contact us and mail a check directly.  Thanks!

Donations may also be made by mailing a check to (please indicate for solar systems):
Zambia’s Scholarship Fund
PO Box 515
Brigham City, UT 84302

Project Details

Cost Per School (eventual goal >30 schools!)

  • Bill of Materials – Project Materials Costs (best current estimates/quotes)
    • Note Shipping cost to Zambia is outrageous so specific measures are being taken to optimize options such as:
      • First May-June 2018 deployment volunteers will take maximum materials in checked/carry on luggage (~64 lanterns in 2 checked- see packing)
      • We have a goal for 2019 or 2020 to order 1,008 Lanterns to reduce costs dramatically.  However funding and logistics for 1,008 x $36 per lantern = $36,288 + shipping bringing costs closer to $41 per lantern ($41*1008 lanterns=$41,328) will take some fun work! See our current bulk lantern quote at
        Tough Light 1008 Lanterns to Dar es Salaam (note there will be $1000 + additional cost to get crates to Kasama area!
    • Vendor Quotes for Subsystems
      • Vendor Quotes of significance are included below.  We are working negotiations between possible options and performing a full technical analysis before final selection.
  • Power Budget
    • Breakdown of different configurations of power required from solar panels & battery system to support mobile cell amplifier, charging cell phones, lanterns, and/or tablet-laptop(s).

Please visit the project wiki for working details