Programs are divided into three main categories: light, water, and shelter. Please see below to learn more about each program.
In areas with little or no electricity such as Sub-Saharan Africa and India, the majority of people live “off grid”. In these areas the day ends when the sun sets and children have little opportunity to read or do homework. The Global Energy Network Institute’s extensive research shows that increase in energy consumption has a direct correlation in literacy rates. However, governments in developing countries do not have the means to build extensive power lines or networks that is much needed. In addition, these projects would take decades and huge amount of resources which they lack. Children living off grid need immediate and sustainable solutions now. Solar powered book lights would dramatically change a child’s life by providing the ability to read and work at night, promoting literacy which is the key to ending poverty. As seen in the charts below, literacy rates correlate with energy usage. The areas that have higher energy consumption rates also have higher literacy rates.
Lights for Literacy is committed to increasing literacy by providing solar powered book lights to children where the basic need of light is scarce. By providing book lights, we give children the opportunity to read and educate themselves out of the poverty cycle.
The Lights for Literacy program focuses on providing solar powered room lights to children in areas that lack electricity as well as solar panels to illuminate libraries in secondary schools in Sub-Sahara Africa. By partnering with local NGOs, we are proud to have provided almost 70,000 solar room lights over 150 solar panel systems to children throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
Water is essential for life, however nearly one billion people lack access to clean, safe drinking water. Each day women and children walk miles from home to collect water at the nearest source. For many children, collecting water is a greater priority than attending school. In Africa alone, people spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water. Unfortunately, the water they collect is full of parasites and diseases. The following pictures were taken by Ed and Gigi Bourke during their trip to Tanzania and shows the water crisis in the clearest way.
Access to clean drinking water will provide children the opportunity to attend school; instead of, bearing the burden of up to 40 pounds a day of harmful water on their fragile backs. Access to clean drinking water will give women the ability to work or start their own businesses. Access to clean drinking water will allow men to earn more money by preventing sickness. Access to clean drinking water will allow livestock to grow and multiply, producing more food and income to the family. Access to clean drinking water changes everything.
New technology has also created new solutions to the water crisis. In addition to wells, mobile desalination units are an alternative and sustainable way to provide clean drinking water. In the right location and circumstance the mobile desalination units can be made stationary and provide at least 4,000 gallons of water per day.
Water is needed for everyday life, but most needed when a disaster occurs. Mobile water desalination units provide emergency water supply wherever and whenever needed. The units can be easily moved and deploy to disaster area and provide an immediate water supply. In 2012, Our organization partnered with Wells of Life to fund the drilling of a water well in rural eastern Uganda, Africa. We believe that access to clean drinking water will provide children the opportunity to attend school, give women the ability to work, allow men to earn more money, and allow livestock to grow and multiply, producing more food and income to the families.
We are committed to providing sustainable water in any situation. We are currently looking to building more wells in villages and providing training on water desalination units in times of disaster. We will continue to work with local NGOs to cater to and work with the needs of each location.
This program is currently under development. Please come back for updates!