Bringing light to people in villages in developing countries who do not have access to electricity or safe, sustainable forms of lighting.
Through the Solar Light Project of SourcePoint Global Outreach we provide quality solar powered flashlights to humanitarian organizations and directly to villages in developing countries without access to electricity for adequate or healthy lighting. These excellent solar lights are a safe, clean, efficient, and environmentally responsible form of illumination.
To help break the cycle of poverty, people must have unlimited and inexpensive access to information, to education, and access to light wherever and whenever they need it. Providing these solar powered lights, we are making a positive impact by bringing clean, efficient, renewable, and affordable light to the developing world.
Solar Light Distribution in Hadjan Village, Laos.
Facts About Light
Most people do not realize that in the developing world, 2 billion people (1/3 of the global population) still do not have access to electricity; to clean, safe, affordable light. Sub-Saharan Africa, with a population of about 350 million people, has the lowest levels of electrification in the world, where 9 out of 10 people do not have electricity. There are people living in villages around the world who still rely primarily on kerosene lanterns, candles, and single-use battery powered flashlights for light at night.
These types of light are expensive, dangerous, and harmful to the environment. They also have a negative impact upon people’s health, education, and security. Kerosense is costly, a fire hazard, and the fumes from the lanterns are highly toxic, especially for women and children who spend more time in enclosed spaces where the fumes are concentrated. Single use batteries are also costly and are toxic to the environment. In addition, candles do not provide enough light for a child to study by.
Many children must work long hours during the day, engaged in farming, chores, or crafts for their family. Even if children are able to attend school, without light at night they can never do their homework or study. This lack of education is what can have the largest long term effect on a country. A solar light can provide an opportunity for children to read and study at night. This is crucial for education in developing countries where most children spend all day working to support their families and can only study at night. The solar lights we provide also benefit the elderly, as well as farmers who need to tend their animals or irrigation at night time.
Our Sponsor: Hybrid Light Company
Our most sincere thanks goes to the Hybrid Light Company for sponsoring our organization, providing us with these excellent quality solar lights.
We especially enjoy providing our solar lights to Shem Woman’s Group organization. They always send us back wonderful reports and photos from their distributions of solar lights to the local villages they serve. Click on the links below to view the solar lights being distributed in remote villages in what used to be Tibet. Be sure to read the translations of the “thank you” letter from the villagers. They are incredibly heart warming!
At our special nonprofit cost of $5.00 per solar flashlight, a small contribution of only $20 provides solar lights for 4 families. A $100 contribution will provide solar lights for 20 families! With your generous assistance we provide these excellent solar powered flashlights to those who most benefit and we are able to continue locating new organizations and villages to partner with in our Solar Light Project. All contributions are tax deductible. SourcePoint Global Outreach is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. 100% of your contribution goes directly into funding our projects and services.
Report from Tsomo Jyid of Shem Women’s Group in Tibet (China) from her journey to Erdi Village, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, to provide the solar powered flashlights we provided to their organization. This report shows how such a simple tool can be of such benefit to those in developing countries!
“With the name list in my hand, I headed out visiting each family, interviewed each of them for a short time and taught them how to use the flashlight. I also demonstrated how solar flashlights are different from regular battery powered flashlights. By distributing the flashlights, I learned that flashlights are essential for Erdi villagers due to their inconvenient electricity supplement. I found it especially benefited the old people and shepherds in Erdi village, because in this case whenever they want to go out the flashlight will come on handy for it doesn’t need battery and can be powered by sunlight. In addition, these flashlights were also good for those farmers among the Erdi people. Sometimes if they want to go out irrigating their farmland during night the flashlight will definitely do a lot of help. Above all the villagers were very happy with it.”
Unedited version of a “thank you” letter to SourcePoint Global Outreach from the Erdi Village government after receiving solar lights through Shem Woman’s Group organization:
“Dear The donor, Today through Tsomo Jyid we received the solar flashlights that are the same as the sun itself. Besides that it has many features as it is small, bright and will come in handy whenever we need them. Its quality is also reliable, and it is very easy for us to use. All in all, it benefits all the villagers, especially those elders that who are not capable of moving around in the darkness. Here Erdi Village government of Erdi Township will represent all the families to say thank you to all of you. Later we hope your concern, kindness and helps will still come to us.