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.
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