BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Have you heard our Radio 4 Appeal?

Liness looks to camera holding her solar light proudly.

Being part of the Mayi Walas group has transformed the life of her family and her community. Photo: SolarAid/Chris Gagnon.

We’re welcoming in the New Year with BIG NEWS! We have been chosen for the BBC Radio 4 Appeal airing on Sunday 7th January.

Catch the broadcast here 

Tune in to hear the story of Liness, a ‘Shining Mother’ of Malawi. Before she had her own solar light, her family had to burn straw for light or rely on low-quality torch batteries, which were expensive and didn’t last long. But now, that is a distant memory.

Working with other women in her community, Liness helps other families get their hands on small but powerful solar lights. These lights transform lives at the flick of a switch:

  • For rural communities, a light means the working day doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down.
  • For a farmer, light means they can sort through their soya beans even after the sun sets.
  • For a child, light means they can get ahead in school because they can actually do their homework in the evening.
  • For a midwife, a light means she can deliver babies safely through the night.
  • And for the planet, solar lights mean we can all breathe a little easier.

These innovative lights are at the centre of everything we do – but ‘Shining Mothers’ like Liness play a vital role in getting these lights into the hands of people who need them most. They will travel by foot and by bicycle, often across muddy or rough terrain, to get solar lights to the most remote villages in Malawi.

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Tune in and share the light

Set your alarms now so you don’t miss the broadcasts at 07:55 and 21:26 on Sunday 7th January and again 15:27 on Thursday 11th January.

Please tune in and tell your friends, neighbours, colleagues and family to listen in too. With your support, and women like Liness, we can get more solar lights to people who need them this year.

And thanks to a very generous foundation, every donation up to £20,000 will be doubled. Your impact will go even further because £15 becomes £30 and £60 becomes £120!

Give today to unlock the match

A Mayi Walas group celebrates and dances together

Sunshine is in abundance in Africa. But when the sun goes down the working day ends for millions of people. For millions of others the only option is to ignite kerosene lamps and paraffin candles, which emit toxic fumes into their lungs and into the earth’s atmosphere.

Yet with the power of solar and the flick of a switch you can change the story.

When you help get one of our portable solar lights into the hands of a Mayi Wala like Liness, it creates a ripple effect throughout the community. With every light you’re helping to make local enterprise happen. You’re helping reach communities no one else is reaching. And together we’re helping to turn the hopes and ambitions of many into reality, ensuring every home, school and clinic without electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa has solar lights by 2030.

That’s 590 million lives we can help make easier. And tens of thousands of tonnes of CO2 emissions our planet can do without.

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