Lighting Up Lives – Empowering Futures
It is the season of light here in the US.
But around the world, more than 1.2 billion people living without electricity still struggle to light their lives and livelihoods, their homes and communities. And they pay more for the little energy that is available, lighting their homes using kerosene and candles that are dangerous and dirty.
But solutions do exist already that can help them overcome these challenges. Low cost, reliable solar powered lights are a first step to improving a family’s life, bringing them energy that lights up learning, allowing their children to read at night without fear of fire or fumes from dirty kerosene lamps. Solar energy powers health clinics enabling women to give birth in the light, and powering the medical devices that help provide the health case needed to ensure their newborns survive. And access to energy helps power small businesses, creating jobs and providing better livelihoods for families from Africa to Asia.
$25 can help light up a home
By donating just $25 you can help light a life. This is the cost of a basic solar light that can provide lighting and cell phone charging to a household. 100% of proceeds will go to providing solar lanterns to health workers helping address the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Give the gift of light this #GivingTuesday.
The Energy Access Practitioner Network
The United Nations Foundation-led Energy Access Practitioner Network is global network of over 1,800 energy enterprises and NGOs delivering affordable, sustainable and reliable energy solutions and services to the world’s energy poor, as part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which aims to provide universal access to sustainable energy by 2030. Learn more about our work and our members at www.energyaccess.org.