- Every month I donate part my salary to charity.
- This month I help buying cleaner cookstoves.
2016 is my year of charity. I’ll donate part of my income for good causes, every month another one. Then I’ll blog about the impact. Here is what I support in March.
Off the grid
For over 600 million people in Africa this is the daily life (this is over 90% of Africa’s rural population). Worldwide it’s more than 1.5 billion people that need to conduct business or perform tasks after dark. Once the sun is gone they turn on lamps. Their only choice as a source of light is often kerosene, paraffin or candles.
Effects on your body
Besides damaging health they don’t even do a good job – they often don’t emit enough light to perform simple tasks after dark. You might need more than one. Lamps fuelled by kerosene or paraffin or a candle means you are still straining your eyes when you study.
All you need is sunlight
Safe and Clean
Less Money, more light
And these lights are more efficient. They are always bright and allow you to read without straining your eyes for cooking or working after sunset.
Bright light for brighter kids
“The kerosene lamp used to hurt my children’s eyes, but nowadays, they study long hours with the solar light.” Joseph Karui – Head Teacher, Bomet County
“Some learners are now selected to good schools within the district, a thing that has created history at our school” Patrick Nyerenda – Head Teacher, Malawi
“All my pupils can now finish their homework at home and their performance has also improved.” Josephine Kimutai – Teacher at Roret Primary Kericho, Kenya
Who is helping on the ground?
SolarAid wholly owns an African social enterprise, SunnyMoney, the largest seller of solar lights in Africa. They sell lamps at a sponsored price to build a sustainable market. With the demand for solar lights increasing, more companies enter the market creating more access to light than before. This drives local awareness, increases the reach and creates jobs within the SunnyMoney organisation and other companies.
SolarAid can deliver results
- Impact since SolarAid started
- 10 million people with access to safe, clean solar light.
- Millions of families with improved health.
- $345 million saved by families *
- 2 billion extra study hours for children *
- 880,000 tonnes of CO₂ averted *
* In total over the lifetime of the solar light.
The charity explains how they calculated their impact but also provide a nifty little calculator to see what impact you can make by a donation:
Why I chose SolarAid
But in the right hands it means a healthier life and saving money. It can even change the life by providing children light for studying after sunset.
I also like the way they make your contribution visible. Here is my donation in context of where my contribution goes and the impact. If you want you can join the fun, follow the link and bring some light into poor families homes:
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