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Celebrating new life this World Health Day

  On Sunday, it was World Health Day. At SolarAid, we’ve worked closely with partners over the years to bring power and lighting to health facilities across Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia. We believe that access to electricity is a vital ingredient to enable a health facility to provide access to quality health care. In […]

Bringing light and hope to emergency camps in Malawi

  Thanks to our fantastic supporters, solar lights are arriving in emergency camps in Southern Malawi today. Just over two weeks ago, Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique and Zimbabwe and caused extreme rainfall, flooding and high winds in Malawi. In Malawi, the tropical cyclone has now forced over 86,000 people in 15 districts to leave their […]

Severe flooding in Malawi caused by Cyclone Idai

Uprooted families in Chikwawa seek shelter in camps and schools. Photo credit: Islamic Relief Dear Supporters, I am sure you have been reading about Cyclone Idai, which has hit Malawi and neighbouring Mozambique and Zimbabwe, causing severe flooding and affecting millions of people across the region. This is climate change in action, hitting those who are […]

Hannover Messe Industrie: Yumi the robot packs new solar light

  Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and SolarAid have partnered for the Hannover Messe Industrie event in Germany taking place 1st – 5th April, 2019. You will find ABB’s YuMi once again packing our solar lights at Hall 6, booth A40. In case you don’t remember, ABB’s Yumi is the human-sized, dual-arm robot that packed 1,500 solar lights […]

2019 Africa Climate Week

  Ghana, 16-22 March 2019 This week, over 2,500 delegates have gathered to boost ambitious climate action in Africa following the conclusion of the ‘Katowice Climate Package’ at the COP24. Africa Climate Week is being hosted by the Ghanaian government and will support the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions to deliver on the Sustainable Development […]

Event in the dark raises awareness to light up Africa

Shortly after The Economist’s article came out about how ‘electricity does not change poor lives as much as we thought’, we had a live music event to raise awareness about the issue and importance of energy access. Guests learned about the impact of energy poverty in low income countries and were then taken on an audible journey […]

Who are the women bringing clean energy to Africa’s gridless?

Women Bring Energy In the green rolling hills of Plateau State in central Nigeria, power lines are few and far between. Nanbet, a formidable young woman, lives here, farming and raising five children on her own. She grows potatoes, maize and beans. And now, after training and support, she is a clean energy entrepreneur with […]

Malawi school receives a solar light library

  Students of Kapiri Community Day Second School gather to learn about Light Library. Photo credit: Imaan More than 280 students attend Kapiri Community Day Second School, located in Dedza district near Lake Malawi – an area home to Malawi’s renowned Child Marriage Terminator, Chief Theresa Kachindamoto. SolarAid, through SunnyMoney Malawi, sees the impact of bringing […]

Electricity — you can’t fight poverty without it

  Response to The Economist  The title of this article should be an obvious, non-contentious, statement. However, in an article published in The Economist on 7th February, entitled ‘Electricity does not change poor lives as much as was thought,’ there are a number of fairly sweeping assertions which question the value of access to electricity and clean, safe, lighting. […]