In Nairobi, every house had electricity, although it wasn’t very affordable. But when I moved to a more rural area, I could only access energy until 6 p.m. In high school, I would rush to do everything during the day so I wouldn’t have to use a wood stove or lanterns to do my homework. When I studied after dark, it quickly became hard to concentrate and my eyesight would often weaken as I worked. Eventually, I would just have to go to sleep because the headache got so bad. It wasn’t a conducive environment for students, but my passion for getting an education made me go the extra mile. During exams, I would even study under the sheets of my bed with a battery-powered lamp after everyone had gone to sleep. However, my grades weren’t the only thing at risk when the power shut off each night. If someone at my school got sick at night, emergencies had to wait until the next day because medical facilities didn’t have power either. Instead of calling 911, we used home remedies to keep the sick person alive until we could find help in the morning.