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


School Solar Power & Cell Network Amplifier Projects

2018 May Deployment Trip Presentation

2018 May Deployment Trip Details

Project at a Glance

Spring 2017 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! The goal was to design and build a solar charging system that would provide a much needed method for schools in rural areas of Northern Zambia to charge cell phones, lanterns, and other needs as well provide ability to enhance communications by including a cell phone booster antenna where applicable. The student project was completed spring 2018 followed by our pilot deployment trip to Zambia in May where we did 5 installs! Details can be read about in our June 2018 Newsletter and trip report page. The initial 5 deployments have been a huge success! Now we are working on setting up a local Zambian solar install team where they can have their own business and also help us meet our goal to install panels on up to 50 schools! This project is also proving to be economical self sustainable and empower locals as our teachers are collecting small funds from villagers also desiring to charge their devices, providing the ability to save enough funds for maintaining the system when new batteries are needed in the future, and help with similar educational school needs!

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:
$1,600 Full System including solar charging system, 6 lanterns for student study groups, & cell booster amplifier
$350 (~$58 per lantern x 6 per school)
$700 for the solar charging system setup
$320 per cell amplifier system to enable needed emergency communication and open doors for internet access possibilities within the rural bush
$370 gas/transport/driver/local labor for solar install team & logistics

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 >50 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:
      • We are concidering the possibility of bulk shipment of lanterns, 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