Lightning continues to claim lives in Africa daily.
Message from the Director,  Mary Ann Cooper, MD
Two weeks ago, I was invited  to present an address on ACLENet at Vaisala's International Lightning Meteorology Conference.  

  The response was tremendous - two people stepped forward volunteering to sponsor a school and raise money on their website, one invited us to apply for a grant from their private family foundation, Mitchel Guthrie and Kim Loehr related Lightning Protection Institute's experience protecting an orphanage in Haiti after the devastating earthquake there.
We thank these and many others for their encouragement and generous donations. 

Unfortunately, lightning continues to cause deaths and injuries as noted below in news reports for March.  

Lightning deaths and injuries reported in Africa for March 2018

Lightning strikes 16 dead, 140 injured inside Seventh Day Adventist Church (Rwanda) March 10, 2018

Lightning kills pupil, injures five others in Kisoro (Uganda)
March 15, 2018

Two Dead In Livingstone After Lightning Struck (Zambia) 
March 7, 2018


School classrooms burnt after lightning strike at KZN school (South Africa)  March 7, 2018 


Lightning kills Voi woman, 66, while digging trench in downpour (Kenya). March 2, 2018

Lightning kills two people, injures five (Malawi)
March 22, 2018

ACLENet's Research Advisers who attended the ILDC/ILMC met for dinner to conference on how lightning injury differs in Africa from that in developed countries and what measures we can investigate to increase lightning safety.  
Through the generosity of our donors, we have been able to protect several schools in Africa. 
After a single lightning strike killed 18 children in 2011 and sent another 38 to the hospital, enrollment at Runyanya school fell from about 600 to under 400.
After ACLENet installed lightning protection in 2016,
enrollment soared to over 800. 
When parents feel safe sending their children to school and the children feel secure in their classrooms, they are more able to concentrate and learn their lessons. 
Your support has left a wonderful legacy and promise to their lives.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks.  

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