Provide Solar Light to Displaced African Refugees

by SunNight Solar Enterprises

Summary

We have given 500 solar lights to nine UNHCR refugee camps worldwide. These lights were distributed via their education branch, however, were also used as part of camp safety and security and health.
$975
total raised
14
donors
0
monthly donors
9
years active

Challenge

There are 54,000 Sudanese refugees in a UN camp in Ethiopia; we have already given them lights on a trial program. They are using them to teach children, deliver babies, provide security. When it gets dark, they have no other options and the lights make an enormous difference in people's lives. The lights empower, without creating dependency. It gives them a chance to get ahead and provides learning so when they get home, they can get jobs and provide for themselves.

Solution

Giving individual lights empowers women, providing security at night in refugee camps, it lessens the environmental impact of kerosene and cutting of trees and brush for illumination, it allows children the chance to read.

Long-Term Impact

The lights will be distributed to the 54,000 refugees in the Gambella camps run by the UN and will be taken back to their villiages when they are repatriated, providing long term benefits in education, health, safety, social cohesion and environment.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.sunnightsolar.com
UNHCR Main Page
DOE Lighting Presentation
Role of Lighting in Refugee Camps

Organization Information

SunNight Solar Enterprises

Location: Houston, TX - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.sunnightsolar.co
Project Leader:
Mark Bent
Ceo and President
Houston, TX United States

Funded Project!

Thanks to 14 donors like you, a total of $975 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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