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The Light Foundation
"Geography should not decide your fate"
I am part of an international team who believe that every person deserves access to the basic necessities that determine quality of life. For us, this starts with giving light to the 1.5 billion people living off the electricity grid and reliant on the burning of dirty fuels that kill more people per year then HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Because of the need to use kerosene to cook and study with, the primary victims are women and children. The Light Foundation has recently completed two pilot programs in Chad and Ethiopia with the UNHCR to assess the best solar lighting and energy solutions for their refugee camps. We plan to expand these programs to other communities in the developing world to improve health, education and economic growth.
Pamela, this is not only a fantastic idea but an absolute necessity in the developing world. Reliable, safe and good quality lighting or energy has always been overshadowed by other issues but it is imperative for climbing out of poverty. Kerosene related illness or burns kills more people per year than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined - primarily women and children due to the domestic environment for cooking and studying. More people in Africa have mobile phones than access to sanitation - an estimated 600million and women walk up to 7 miles to charge them each day. Africa is a continent of entrepreneurs and creativity developing technology to suit their own needs and providing these solar lights and mobile chargers will help to create a generation of empowered women and children with a resource we take for granted.