Energy poverty is a global issue that affects over 1.2 billion people around the world. Sadly, the majority of them are children, the next generation of leaders who will be the changemakers in this world. 3M Team Africa and New Vision Renewable Energy have come together to provide clean and bright whole room solar lights to schoolchildren in the village of Koba Adi, a rural village in Ethiopia. Solar lights allow the children to further their education after the sun goes down.
Children that grow up without access to light and power do not have the same access to education as youth in the developing world. Children often come home from school and have to help their family with basic chores that may include walking miles for water, firewood and other necessities. This leaves little time for their studies once the sun goes down. Currently, a small and harmful kerosene flame is their only source of light at night.
New Vision Renewable Energy and 3M Team Africa will provide 300 solar lights to the schoolchildren as an alternative to kerosene. Our off-grid solution will provide clean and efficient whole room lighting, giving them access to a solar powered battery pack that is capable of charging cellphones and small electronic devices too. Our light is created using the most innovative products and solutions offered by 3M and the strong African sun will recharge the solar powered battery each night.
The long term effects include a healthier lifestyle for children who have to breathe in the toxic fumes of kerosene or other harmful alternatives once the sun goes down. This is equivalent to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day, not to mention the ill effects for their eyes. We will have healthier, more educated children in village after village once we are able to show the positive response of our solution bringing light to the poorest people in the world.