HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Some students need your help to take a trip they've been looking forward to since springtime. The engineering students at Booker T. Washington High School thought the hard part was over. They built a wind turbine themselves. The plan is for the students to take the turbine to kids in Zimbabwe so students there can have electricity.
"Their electricity goes on and off. Sometimes they have electricity and sometimes they don't. This wind generator would be able to give them a more constant flow of electricity," explains Booker T. sophomore Rebekah Hodge.
"It has a battery in it so it can store energy. So it can be used even when the wind is not blowing," adds Booker T. Lecturer David Sandifer.
The Booker T. Washington students are scheduled to travel to Zimbabwe on November 9, 2017, but some donors devastated by Hurricane Harvey have now backed out. The kids are nearly $100,000 short for their $150,000 trip.
"We're going to have to make a decision on Monday. We've been working on this trip since March and we're not going to give up," says Booker T. Washington Principal Dr. Carlos Phillips II.
The kids are also planning to give another gift to the girls and boys in Zimbabwe, a water cleaning system.
"Which has ports that are small enough to hold E. coli but also big enough for water to flow through so it would make a great filtration system," explains Booker T. junior Jalen Crossland.
Booker T. Washington is hosting a fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2017. The school will be open to the public so the kids can show off their hard work.
They're hoping you will help them take this trip that will not only change kids' lives in Zimbabwe but also students right here in Houston. "Students who, some have never been on an airplane or even out of the state of Texas. This would be a first for them," says Dr. Phillips.