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We did it! Thanks to your amazing support and backing we have been named one of four winners in the Google Global Impact Challenge 2013.

As one of the chosen winners we will receive a £500,000 Global Impact Award and support from Google to help us achieve our ambitious goal of eradicating the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020.

Amazingly, it was you – our fantastic followers, supporters and advocates – who gave us the backing we needed to ensure a bright future for over half a million rural Tanzanians. This means that our pilot project to train a new generation of solar distributors and get an extra 144,000 solar lights in to rural Tanzania can begin in earnest.

SolarAid CEO, Steve Andrews, said:

“We cannot believe the overwhelming support we have received from so many individuals and organisations over the past 10 days. I would like to thank everyone who voted for SolarAid and helped spread the word. It is fantastic to know that so many people can see the huge impact that one small solar light can have, and are willing to get behind our work to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa.”

We received support from all around the world for our solar projects, including many African organisations, renewable energy advocates and fellow charities, who can see the impact that we can have with one simple idea. We would like to say a big thank you to all those involved in our campaign. Keep your eyes peeled as we will be expressing our gratitude in other ways over the next few days.

This really is an outstanding achievement when we consider some of the great projects we were up against. A big congratulations must go to the other three Global Impact Challenge Awardees CDI Apps for Good, Integrity Action and the Zoological Society for London who thoroughly deserved a share of the spoils for their fantastic projects.

We believe this is the start of something great here at SolarAid. We have already taken massive strides forward in the last 12 months and are confident that this additional project will be the catalyst for an even bigger impact next year.

Thanks to you, we are now on the brink of creating a sustainable market for solar lights in  Africa and bringing clean, affordable light to millions throughout the continent.

Pippa Palmer, SolarAid MD concluded:

“Taking part in the Global Impact Award has been hugely energising. We’re grateful for Google’s support to bring the world’s attention to the devastating consequences of kerosene lamps. We’ll be building on the fabulous momentum we’ve achieved to garner further support and raise awareness and funds for SolarAid’s vital work”.