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A prison in darkness

A small room of 32m2 at Kamwala Remand Prison in Lusaka, Zambia is the home to 56 boys aged between 10-16 years. Some boys spend up to two years here, at the juvenile detention section. When the sun sets at 6pm, this confined space becomes pitch black, and the boys are locked up in the […]

Tune in to our Radio 4 Appeal!

  We are excited to let you know that SolarAid has been chosen by BBC Radio 4 to run an Appeal. The renowned author and columnist Matthew Syed, a long-time friend of SolarAid, will be presenting the appeal. Ten years ago, Matthew travelled with us to a village in rural Tanzania. He visited Idodi School, […]

The Zambia drought

The different faces of climate change, part 3   3/3 The future generation Winter Makala is a teacher at Simuawa Primary School in Southern Zambia. He is also a SunnyMoney agent, working to get solar lights out to rural communities. He is passionate about his job, but his dream is to own his own farm […]

The Zambia drought

The different faces of climate change, part 2   2/3 The vicious cycle of climate change Climate change is hitting Zambia hard and parts of the country are experiencing the worst drought since 1981. Not only is it having a severe impact on local farmers and food prices, it is also leading to electricity black […]

The Zambia drought

The different faces of climate change, part 1   1/3 The Hunger ‘When there is no water, we go to bed and we sleep. And hope there is going to be water tomorrow’, the group of women sitting around the dried out well hum in agreement. Philip Mwenga is one of our agents distributing solar […]

SolarAid wins Energy Globe Award third year running

We are thrilled to announce that SolarAid has won the Energy Globe National Award for Malawi!  The Energy Globe Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards. All of the national winners were announced on World Environment Day (June 5th) and the presentation […]

SunnyMoney Agent Deep Dive

  In this Agent Deep Dive by 60 decibels, you can have a look at who our Agents in Malawi and Zambia are and what they have to say.

Climate Change at the centre stage for Lake of Stars

It’s the dry season in Malawi and the roads are dusty, which means that, even though it’s hot in the car, we keep the windows shut as we drive up North. The closer we get to our final destination, Kachere, in Nkhata Bay, just next to Lake Malawi, the land around us gets greener. This […]