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ACLENet is a pan-African Network of Centres dedicated to decreasing deaths, injuries and property damage from lightning.

With your help, we can save lives and make a difference. 

Lightning kills in many ways

Newspaper Reports

Most Africans have no 'lightning safe' place they can go to when thunderstorms occur. 

In the US, we say 'When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors' but that is the WRONG thing to say in sub-Saharan Africa where nearly 90% of the dwelling are made of mud brick with roofs of generations-old, tinder dry thatch or sheet metal held down by rocks.

Lightning often causes a temporary paralysis that can prevent even the healthiest people from escaping their homes, resulting in death as parts of the burning thatch roof falls on them. There are many news reports in developing countries of neighbors responding to screams but being unable to rescue their friends due to the intensity of the lightning ignited fire.

 

  • Runyanya Primary School Head Teacher
    Runyanya Primary School Head Teacher

    "Following the horrible incident of 2011 when lightning killed 18 of our students, enrollment slipped from about 600 to around 400 because children were afraid to come to school. After ACLENet installed a lightning protection system, enrollment rose to above 800 pupils as families again feel safe sending their children to school.
    Thank you."

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