When Abbie Weeks started the ECOAction club at Cherry Creek High School, she started with small goals.
"I started with, yeah, with like getting rid of Styrofoam trays," Weeks, a junior, said.
Lauren McMillan joined the club. In eighth grade, she started raising funds for an orphanage in Uganda called the Nyaka Aids Orphans Project. She also started small.
"Started doing bake sales at the King Soopers and restaurant fund raisers," McMillan, a junior, said.
But, when they found out that the ECOAction teacher sponsor, Jeff Boyce, was actually friends with the head of the Nyaka Aids Orphans Project, they decided they had to do more to help these kids.
"Kids whose parents have been killed by AIDS, which is a huge epidemic in Uganda," McMillan said.
So, they made plans to bring solar panels to the orphanage to help with school and life.
"It's not just education," Weeks said. "It also includes health care and they have a farm there."
What they don't have is electricity. The students started to work with Ecotech Institute in Aurora to bring solar panels to school to give them a constant source of power.
"Even though these systems here may look like they're kind of a meager photo-voltaic system, they can have a huge impact on a lot of children's lives," Chris Gorrie, Ecotech Institute campus president, said.
Ecotech's instructors and students will train Weeks and McMillan so the high schoolers can install the panels themselves when they get to the orphanage.
"Our students have gone to great lengths to make this as easy as possible," Gorrie said.
Weeks and McMillan leave for Uganda on June 6. They are hoping to raise $4,000 for the trip. If you want to help, click here: http://www.notesfornyaka.com/.
"It's like breaking the cycle of poverty," Weeks said. "Hopefully, we can see these kids going and getting an education anyone here can get."