Despite good efforts, Sierra Leone finds itself in the unenviable position of being energy deficient. Tens of thousands of kids and youths in Sierra Leone study at night using kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles. This project addresses this need by providing renewable technology - solar lamps and solar radios, solar-powered eReaders / laptops. With proper lighting, students will be able to study harder and longer, improving their educational outcomes.
Thousands of youths and kids rely on inefficient and polluting traditional fuels to meet their education lighting and study needs. The smoke and flames from kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles are a health risk. These lights are hazardous resulting in adverse impacts on personal health, safety, and the environment.
We are addressing this need by providing safe, renewable and environmentally-friendly devices. These devices include solar lights, solar radios, solar-powered radios etc. The kids and youths are able to read safely at night - with no risk to their health or lives. Solar-powered technology is a reliable and less expensive solution to the lack of electricity. This use of renewable energy additionally has a positive impact on global warming and climate change.
The project is an effective intervention that provides renewable energy and technology to kids and youths as they study. It saves the families hundreds of dollars in recurring expenses over 2-3 years. Also, we are eliminating the potential for house fires. By providing on-going and consistent power to tools/devices, the educational efforts of the kids and youths are enhanced and multiplied.