In many disaster areas, light can can be the most valuable resource after shelter, food, and water. Without a cheap, sustainable, and readily available source of light, sunrise and sunset often determine the parameters of the working day. In such circumstances, venturing out on one’s own in the night can be extremely dangerous, particularly for women and children. Moreover, those few lights which are available in disaster areas are often kerosene lamps, which are dangerous, toxic, and expensive.
Fully waterproof and shatterproof, with a built-in rechargeable battery, all-in-one SolarPuff lanterns hold a charge for up to 12 hours and stay bright all night. The small solar panel is viable for 10 years and the LED lights last 2-3 years. As monsoon season approaches and transportation to and from villages becomes almost entirely impossible, this solution will provide a much needed resource as well as hope, solace, and refuge.
- June 2016: 120 lights distributed throughout the region of Phulkarka
- March 2016: 68 lights distributed throughout the village of Sertung in Dhading District
- March 2016: 50 lights donated to the Association for Craft Producers
- March 2016: 18 lights donated to TEAM Nepal for use in their Children’s Home
CCF is working with Alison Thomson, Third-Wave Volunteers and Solight Design to bring SolarPuff lights to remote areas in Nepal where CCF has been working. So far, Solarpuff has agreed to donate at least 200 lights which CCF can then distribute to those locations in which there is the most obvious need.
Beyond this initial donation, CCF and Solarpuff have been discussing the possibility of establishing a program which would ship these lights directly into Nepal for a lower cost and greater effect.
To learn more about SolarPuff, go to www.solight-design.com/#solarpuff
To donate to Third Wave Volunteers and Solight Design, go to www.crowdrise.com/lettherebelight/fundraiser/lahafinc