DAY 6 – At sundown, turn off all electricity and perform all activities by candlelight.

Lack of electricity in Kibera is more than an inconvenience. It affects the security, education, and economic potential of her residents. Though it’s available, electricity in Kibera is unreliable and expensive. By some estimates, only 20% of Kibera has access to electricity, often through illegal lines. Besides the expected inconveniences posed by not having regular electricity- no heating or air conditioning, no food storage – lack of this basic service significantly confines the potential of the community of Kibera. See what you can (and can’t) get done at night when you unplug…literally.

Discussion - Day 6

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  1. Posted August 9, 2011 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    We are just waking up from our night of powering down. I have to say that part of this challenge was fun for our family. We spent the evening playing charades by candlelight and had some good belly laughs. However, when it came time for sleep the kids found it a challenge to not turn on their cd players. They ended up in the same room together and from the report I received this morning at 12:01 a.m. they broke down and turned on some music! I am looking forward to reflecting on this challenge with them all this morning.

  2. Posted August 17, 2011 at 6:09 am | Permalink

    How can they do their homework or read? Is there one room somewhere
    with light so people can read and do homework work? Is that practical?

  3. Posted September 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    this was fairly challenging to compleat, because one of my teachers post our homework online so i feel like i didnt really compleate the task, but i did use a candle to read my book

  4. Posted September 26, 2011 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    To start with, it sounded fun to turn off electricity at sundown. To make it a fair challenge, we did not pre-complete our otherwise evening tasks. An hour went okay, but after that the absence of something integral went unnoticed at every step.No microwave, no stove, and no lamps! Reading or dining by the candlelight was far away from being fun. And then there was this question that kept striking – “with the evolution of mankind over the ages, how far have we come from once the basic necessities of life – food, shelter, and clothes?” Now that we are here, let us spread the science, knowledge and help the under-privileged to come forward.

  5. Posted September 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I tried to do my homework last night in the candle lit room and I couldn’t have struggled hard enough to read what i was trying to read. i cannot go without electricity, but i can see how hard it must be not to have that. it makes me sad to know their people out there that don’t have it as good as we do in the states.

  6. Posted October 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    This was a challenge that proved to be more difficult than I had imagined. Not only did I have to read by candle light but my family and I had to have dinner in the dark. It was kind of interesting to have to do everything without power. This made doing most of my homework impossible.

  7. Posted March 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I did this activity alone. It was quit peaceful actually. It was a little hard not to be able to watch TV, or listen to the radio but it was nice. I take bubble baths a lot with candles and I just did this again, but with no radio. I could definitely do this again.

  8. Posted March 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Having good light and electricity to heat or cool our homes is a modern luxury we take for granted. We may temporarily tolerate the loss of electricity after a thunderstorm but we know we are eventually getting our power turned back on. Doing our everyday simple tasks such as cleaning a room or cooking a meal becomes a bigger task without electricity. I find that knowing I was going to be without electricity for a night I planned to have these tasks done so I could read a book or play a game by candle light.

  9. by PJoy
    Posted March 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    (All activities by candle light) We realized that much of our life was dependent on electricity. At first we didn’t know what to do with ourselves, but as our night progressed we found ourselves just enjoying each other. Reading by candlelight was very peaceful. I enjoyed “no electricity”!

  10. Posted March 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Sun down and candlelight. If I can remember I did this on a Tuesday night when the sun went down and man I was hard. I couldn’t read, do homework and stay awake, so that night I slept around 8ish. That was the early for me because I using don’t go to sleep until mid night or so.

  11. Posted April 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    This was an easy challenge, sundown is around eight o clock, so around that time, we got the candles out and turned off all the electricity. When all the lights were off, I suddenly beagan to think of the big ice storm a couple of years ago, we had no electricity for at least a week. I can not imagine these people living without any electricity what so ever.

  12. Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I turned off my electricity around 9:00 p.m. because that’s what time I had gotten off of work. I tried making my soccer ball by candle light. I read a book by candle light and I ate dinner by candle light. I found all of these very difficult due to the fact that I only had one little candle. I had to hold it really close to everything that i had tried to look at. Overall it was a new and entertaining experience. #capstoneproject

  13. Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I actually did not mind a bit going without eletrcity for the whole night! Once I brought out my candle i went upstairs to my room and started reading my book. The only thing i really missed with not having any eletrcity was the air conditing and my xbox! Going without eletrcity showed me just how lucky we are to have eletricty throughout the whole night. We don’t have to worry about lighting a candle if we have to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, we can just flick up a switch and then BAM there is light. This projet just showed me how lucky I am to have eletrcity throughout the night and to not take it for granted!

  14. Posted April 30, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    When I turned the lights off and light my candles with matches I realized instantly that this challenge was going to be a challenge. Trying to see with the absence of light is near-impossible… Trying to peer into the dark with a small flame is even harder, simply because you never know what might be below that level of sight. I continued to trip over myself, nearly tipping the candle over off of the plate I placed it on. I tried to save all of my homework for that night, so I could see how it would feel to work with a tiny flickering light to guide my eyes, I did not enjoy it. I know Americans’ take everything for granted, but even light itself is taken for granted. I can only hope that the people unfortunate enough to lack electricity will one day be blessed with such a luxury…