Since the Liberian civil war ended 15 years ago, ordinary Liberians have struggled to improve their quality of life. Rural development, in particular, has faced many special challenges as the residents of Liberian villages try to face 21st Century demands using 19th Century technology. Luckily, there are simple, affordable solutions, and we can help. One of the most powerful changes we can help the people of Liberia make right now is to help them light the night with solar lanterns.
Imagine if your children had to do their homework by candlelight. Students cannot realistically be expected to meet the challenges of tomorrow using the technology of the distant past. Every solar lantern you help us provide will mean another Liberian family will be able to study, read, write, and socialize safely into the night. That means no more accidental fires, no more dangerous carbon dioxide fumes inside their homes, lighting the night, and illuminating Liberian lives.
The project will provide a minimum of 5 years of zero-cost, bright, clean and safe energy for 3000 rural families who earn less than $1 a day. Clean energy use will help to reduce health problems associated with household air pollution. Liberians have been using candles, batteries, open fires, and kerosene lamps to light and heat their homes. These outdated technologies are expensive, dangerous, often causing accidental fires and producing harmful indoor air pollution.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).