Can you imagine trying to do homework or read a book with no light? Most children in Africa have to deal with this problem every evening. For tens of thousands of kids and youths living in Sierra Leone, power cuts are unfortunately "normal". At night, for lighting, they have no choice but to use kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles. The smoke from these light sources is hazardous to their health. The flames are also a fire hazard. Develop Africa is helping to address this by providing safe, renewable, solar-powered lights to kids and youths.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Kerosene lanterns used by kids and youths are a health hazard and cause tragic fires. The weak and flickering light damages the kids' eyesight when they are studying at night. This also causes headaches. Additionally, the smoke and soot from the open flame adversely affects their lung health. The on-going fuel costs for these lanterns deplete scarce family resources. These hazardous lanterns have caused fires that have consumed homes and resulted in many deaths.
How will this project solve this problem?
Do you want to help bring light to these children? You can help by purchasing solar lights and shipping them to Africa. The link below is a great product you can buy and ship to us.
Or you can make a donation and put in the comments "Solar Lights" and we will purchase and ship the solar lights to Africa with your donation.
Potential Long Term Impact