Clean energy for those who need it the most.
According to the World Bank, 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to clean and sustainable energy, and millions of school children cannot study after dark because they don’t have access to light. The UNHCR revealed that a shocking number of people – 65.6 million – have been displaced from their homes in 2016 alone and live without reliable electricity.
A simple solar light has an incredible impact on those communities – but only if it gets there.
With a clean and affordable solar light, women in refugee camps can walk safely after dark, children gain extra study hours in the evening, and families can save money and spend quality time together without having to rely on dirty kerosene lamps or expensive battery flashlights.
The Little Sun Foundation was founded by artist Olafur Eliasson to deliver solar energy to the most vulnerable communities worldwide. We work with qualified partners such as Oxfam, Save the Children, UNHCR, and IOM to bring high-quality, durable, long-lasting solar products to displaced persons and school children who would otherwise not have access to clean energy at all. Our solar-education programmes aim to provide children with tools and knowledge that empower them to shape a sustainable future for themselves and for the planet.
Who we are
We are a charitable organisation registered in Berlin, Germany. Founded by artist Olafur Eliasson as a part of the Little Sun project, we are a small, dedicated team that works on sharing light. Our core mission is to deliver solar energy to children who live without access to electricity and to refugees and internally displaced persons. Furthermore, we provide educational programmes and free workshop materials that raise awareness of the importance of energy access, solar energy, and global togetherness. We work with many NGOs and Development Agencies and are happy to cooperate with you to design programmes that incorporate solar lighting and to monitor their impact.
It is now time to act!
In September 2015, the United Nations and their Member States determined seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Main goal SDG7 (affordable and clean energy) also has impacts on other goals, as it is connected with safety, education, health, and poverty. Energy efficient, off-grid solar lighting solutions are the most promising and scalable means to eliminate the health issues associated with fuel-based lighting. Additionally, solar power is cheaper than fuel-based energy and dramatically reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
How to collaborate
From small local projects to large Humanitarian and Education NGOs and companies, we work with a variety of organisations to improve energy access worldwide! We are grateful to each one for their unique contributions. There are a variety of ways to collaborate. Feel free to contact us!