The danger of an open flame

If you had to choose between complete darkness or a small amount of light to help you see every night, what would you choose?

Even this small amount of light would make it possible for you to cook, spend quality time with your family and for your children to do their homework. 

The choice for families in rural sub-Saharan Africa is not so simple. If they have the money, the small amount of light they can buy often comes in the form of a candle or a kerosene lamp. 

Their only choice to escape the darkness is an open flame. Many parts of the world see candles, for example, as perfect additions to a birthday cake.

For these families, candles can lead to death. Whether it is a 3 week old child caught under her mosquito net in Zambia or 12 young students in their dormitory in Tanzania, this is the reality. 

In healthcare, the reality is just as stark. Three out of every four health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to reliable power.

If a woman is in labour at night and lucky enough to be able to get to a health clinic, she will be asked to bring her own candle to avoid giving birth in the pitch black. This can have tragic impacts on the new mother and baby.

With a solar light, families no longer have to risk their own lives just to enjoy their evening and healthcare professionals can keep patients safe during emergency procedures.

A solar light saves lives.

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"I have seen the importance of having solar lights. Because in some dormitories they are using the candles. And their house got burned down. One of the curtain in the house caught fire. The pupils were at class, but left the candle in the house. So we rushed and by all means, we managed to save some things."
Pastence Bwinga, teacher in Zambia

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