Personal Solar Lights
Bright Books is partnering with Nokero to distribute durable, portable, solar lights to people in need. After charging in the sunlight for a few hours, the lights can provide several hours of bright light without a power grid.
Arlington Academy of Hope - operates schools in rural Uganda. Students can check out lights from the library and use them to walk home and study at night
Lighthouse Peace Initiative Corp.- Manages humanitarian relief projects in Greece, Lebanon and Turkey to support Syrian Refugees. Solar lights are hung in community gathering spaces in one of the largest refugee camps in the world.
Photo credit: Arlington Academy of Hope & Danielle Fortin
Elias Matar, Lighthouse Peace Initiative
Solar lights quickly provide clean, bright light in places where normal electricity is not currently accessible. Nearly 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity, most of which are in Sub-Saharan Africa and developing Asia.
In the absence of electricity or solar, many people use kerosene lamps, candles or batteries. These options are not sustainable, dangerous, and very expensive. Africans spend some $10.5 billion a year on kerosene, which has even higher health consequences. Burning kerosene emits toxic fumes and pose a fire hazard. In fact, the WHO estimates 4.3 million people a year die prematurely from the exposure to indoor air pollution. Much of that pollution comes from burning solid fuels for cooking indoors and from kerosene lamps. Tragically, kerosene fires claim an estimated 1 million lives a year. If all that wasn’t bad enough, burning wood and kerosene also emit greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change.
We can do better and solar lights can help us get there. However, the upfront cost of solar lights are often cost-prohibitive. By donating personal solar lights through our partnerships, we can help reduce the use of kerosene and eventually help fund larger distributed generation electricity projects in areas of need. Replacing kerosene with renewable lighting is a win-win-win for the environment, health and the economy.