Lighting is a basic need, but not everyone can afford a solar light, that is the reality we face and a reality you can help us change…one light at a time.
Currently 1.3 billion people, or 20% of the worlds population do not have an electricity connection. To put it more directly, they live in the Dark.
Those who cannot afford electricty use candles or kerosene to light their homes because they can only afford to by it in small amounts with their daily earnings – spending as low as 10 cents at a time to buy 250ml of kerosene. Being all they can afford the poor put themselves and their children at great risk of indoor air pollution, and worse, fire.
How can you help…buy donating a solar light!
Every day millions of students fail to complete their home work because they do not have a light to see it. It is as simple as that. Education is the key to Africa’s future and providing students with solar lights is giving them a tool that will allow them to achieve that success.
For as low as 20 USD or 30,000 Tanzanian shillings can make the difference in a students life. This is the difference between passing exams or failing exams, from falling asleep besides a dangerous candle or kerosene lantern and falling asleep in peace. It is also the difference between having to decide between paying for lantern fuel or paying for food to being able to afford both.
“I live in a middle class part of Dar es Salaam,and everyday on my way home I greet my neighbours living who are living in the shacks on the unfinished plots near by and survive by selling vegetables to the neighbourhood. I knew that they didn’t have lights so one day I decided to ask what they do for lighting at night. My neighbour invited me into her home where we found their three children huddled around a single kerosene lantern, struggling for enough light to finish their homework. That night I could not sleep with that image replaying in my mind. The next day I decided to do something about it and bought the kids a solar lamp for 50,000 shillings (30 USD). It was a small gesture but it has since paid off. I spoke to my neighbour the other day and she informed me that her daughter passed her form 4 exams.” - Jwani Jube
Our goal is to brighten the lives of as many people as possible with the help of your donations…
In planning our trip to Tanzania Jason and I wanted to do something more special than just visiting the national parks and Zanzibar, we wanted to give something back. ARTI linked us up to an orphan home near Bagamoyo that was not connected to grid electricity. We fund raised enough money with our friends and family to buy 55 solar lights. We spent a week preparing the lights, charging them, learning how they worked and then we travelled to the orphan home and donated them. I guess we take advantage of the electricity in our homes, but seeing the happiness on the kids eyes made us realize that basic lighting is a blessing to so many people. – Kim and Jason Pineau (Toronto, Canada)
We distribute the lights with the support of local charities, rural primary and secondary schools and partner organizations.