Filling both health care and safety needs, solar lighting runs very high on the empowerment scale in a country where 90% of the population cannot access electricity.
Well beyond the huge cost savings as a result of not needing to purchase paraffin to burn as a light source, the use of a solar light also provides tremendous health and safety benefits, including cleaner, smoke free air inside the hut or home, which translates into less irritation and pollution in eyes and lungs, coupled with a dramatically reduced chance of accidental fire inside dwellings.
Purchased locally in Uganda, the solar lights we have chosen for this project produce a brighter white light than the dim yellow of paraffin, and provide enough illumination to read a book, do homework, play a game, cook, light a room, compound, trail, or pathway for hours each evening after being charged each day.
To date, over 130 caregivers of approximately 300 orphaned children, most of whom live in rural villages and used to spend $1 to $2 per week on paraffin have participated in our solar project. As with all our caregiver programs, participants in the project bring a stakeholder contribution to the table, in this case about 20% the cost of the lantern, and LITA donors help with the rest.. around $12 per. Add up the cost savings for a week, a month, a year, and it’s easy to understand how, in addition to all the other benefits of owning solar, caregivers are also empowered to better provide basic needs for the orphaned children in their care, including school fees and supplies, health care, clothing, perhaps even more well rounded nutrition.
There are many more caregivers waiting in line to participate in this project. Thanks for your interest in our LITA Solar Project in support of caregivers who are providing home based care for orphaned children. Click here to donate