We take light for granted. Yet nearly 2 billion people in the world have no access to electricity. And in sub-Saharan Africa, 91% of the population live off-grid. The only option for many is to burn dangerous, dirty, expensive kerosene lamps. These not only produce poor quality light but pose a frightening health risk too.
The SolarAid solution is simple: harness the extraordinary power of the sun with robust, reliable solar technology so pupils have a chance to study for a better future without putting their lives and health at risk. We work with schools to help students gain access to clean, safe solar lighting. More study time means more students sitting exams and gaining better results. Plus precious funds previously wasted on kerosene can help pay for better food, books or welfare.
The answer is so simple. But we need help.
Families, schools, companies and churches across the world are supporting schools in Africa to access clean safe light in their classrooms. We believe that donors should know exactly where the funds are going, which is why the money raised for Lighter Learning helps a specific school. We send donors photos of the new solar classroom lighting systems with information about the school, including the GPS coordinates and a follow-up report on the impact solar is having.
The nuts and bolts
The funds raised pay for our work in remote rural areas including solar installation and advice, after-care and support. However, most important of all, it enables a significant discount on the lights themselves which schools would otherwise be unable to afford. The school pays for part of the solar system which the community must come together to raise the necessary funds for. This instils a vital sense of ownership and pride – ensuring longevity of the lighting system.
The school and community truly value what they buy. It puts power in their hands as customers with rights and warranty, rather than as recipients of aid. It also encourages a market for solar products, bringing much-needed income opportunities to rural areas.
So £1000 goes a lot, lot further than simply lighting a classroom.
But we think you’ll agree it’s a good place to start.
For more information please call 020 7278 0400 and ask to speak to Kathy or Elly.
Please note that there are only limited Lighter Learning fundraising places available. New opportunities to support schools access solar in Africa will also be opening soon so please watch this space, or email email@example.com to register your interest.
Have a sunny day!