Solar Light Project
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.
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.
Global Distribution of Solar Lights
Solar Lights provided to the Children of Ma Anandamayi Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting projects for impoverished women [...]
Solar Flashlights given to the children of The Orbit Village Project school and orphanage in Kenya, Africa by volunteer [...]
Solar Lights Provided to Shem Women’s Group – Distribution for Rdo Sbis Township, Xunhua County, Haidong Region, Qinghai Province, and China
Solar Light Project for the nuns of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India. These are the nuns [...]
Our solar lights were provided to the Village2Village Organization who distributed them to the orphans they work [...]
Shem Women's Group volunteers receive the solar lights we provided and distributes them to the poor in [...]
Distribution of solar lights by Michael Sebastian of the SMILE Project to monks and people in the Khokphou Village, [...]
Photos and a report from the distribution of solar flashlights to a branch of Tibetan Children's Villages located in [...]
Photos and report for solar powered flashlights provided for the Living Compassion Organization's project in Zambia, Africa where there [...]
Beautiful photos of the village people receiving solar lights in Hadjan Village, Laos by Michael Sebastian of the SMILE [...]
Solar Light Distribution, by Carlo Zande of the Art4Aid Organization, Entasekera Village, East Africa
Solar light distribution in East Africa by Carlo Zande of the Art4Aid Organization. "Our solar powered flashlights were very [...]
Solar Lights Provided to Families of Chumchet Village Development in Nepal by Tsum Welfare Committee
Mr. Nima Lama of the Tsum Welfare Commttee distributes our solar lights among 300 families of Chumchet Village Development [...]
Additional Distributions of 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!
• Erdi Village
• Metog Lungwa Sholma Village
• Jialaxi Township
• Tiegai Township
• Xindu Township
• Mkhar Sgng Township
• Tanshan Ling Township
• Duowa Village
• Gongba Village
• Dorze Village
• Stong Che Village
• Gser Lung and Rga Mkhr Villages
• Gon Chen Village
• Lo Rta Village
• Somba Village
We have also provided solar lights for the following organizations:
• The San Damiano Foundation, for supporting their work of producing powerful documentary films which bring benefit to the poor.
• Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, for the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery she founded in India.
• Botshabelo Community Development Trust located in South Africa.
• Dr. Steven Boyer of Green Village Schools in Portland, OR for his work of building schools in the villages of Afghanistan.
• People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for their volunteers working in the field.
• The Circle of Children Village School for their work connecting Earth’s children to the natural world.
Assist the Solar Light Project
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.