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A school, a lion and solar lights in rural Zambia

  Ms. Michelo, Head Teacher of Nyakantaingi Primary School, receiving solar lights for the Light Library This week, I joined SolarAid’s SunnyMoney field team in Zambia, as it set out to visit a rural school in the district of Rufunsa, around four hours drive from the capital Lusaka. As you drive out of the main […]

Reaching millions together

Dear SolarAid Stars and Supporters, As January comes to a close and you shake off the January blues, I wanted to write and thank all of you who have supported our work over the years. Back in the spring of 2006, driven by a passion to fight poverty and climate change, we began our work […]

Three facts to think about on the world’s first International Day of Education

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education, acknowledging the importance of education in achieving sustainable development. Audrey Azoulay, Director General spoke of this day as an occasion to reaffirm fundamental principles. “Firstly, education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility. Secondly, education is the most powerful […]

Artists perform in the dark to light up Africa

Save the date for the best experience you’ll never see. Dark Room Sessions and SolarAid have partnered to bring you live music with a lineup of artists that will take you on an audible journey from East to West Africa and throughout while you are immersed in darkness. All profits from the concert will go […]

Solar lights enlighten students in Sierra Leone

  Following in the footsteps of our SunnyMoney student lights campaigns, which have led the way in scaling access to solar lights for millions of people across East Africa, we are pleased that Oxfam has run a pilot following early discussions with our team. Based on our work, this pilot has brought 1,668 solar lights to families […]

We’ve made history with your support

For the first time in history, the number of people living without access to electricity fell below one billion! This exciting news came after over 120 million people worldwide gained access to electricity in 2017. Our SolarAid Stars have helped us cover the transport and logistic costs of delivering thousands of solar lights to remote, […]

Human-sized robot to pack 1,500 solar lights to send to Zambia

  Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Discover 2018 in Madrid is a showcase technology event for business and IT professionals. One demo will showcase a live production line and allow participants to send safe, clean and reliable solar lights to Zambia through HPE’s partnership with SolarAid. SolarAid will be attending the HPE Discover 2018 event this year in […]

New solar light that reduces electronic and plastic waste

You may have already read about the Light Library coming to Nyakantingi Primary School in Rufunsa, Zambia. Families from a village where most people are unable to afford a candle will be able to take a solar light home for as little as one pence per day, much like checking a book out from a traditional library. […]

Zambia’s new library is not for books

Ms. Mutinta Michelo teaches 120 students, ages 4-18, at Nyakantaingi Primary School in Rufunsa. She does this all by herself – dividing her time between classes while prefects support her. Every day SolarAid sees the impact of bringing light to communities living without access to electricity. Through school campaigns, teachers see the benefits of owning […]

Something brighter has arrived: more light for your money

SolarAid is excited to announce the launch of the next generation SM100 solar light by our partner, the Namene Solar Light Company. The original, award winning, SM100 was developed following a SolarAid brief to create the world’s most affordable solar light. We wanted to be able to not only offer people a clean, safe and renewable […]