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.
Little Sun Foundation e.V. 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 programs aim to provide children with tools and knowledge that empower them to shape a sustainable future for themselves and for the planet. We are currently expanding our projects to include solar powered productivity tools for smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as health workers and medical facilities beyond the grid. We look forward to sharing more on these new projects, as well as on the continued impact with students from this year with you on our new website, which will go live around March 2021. Register for our newsletter to get the first glimpse!
Little Sun Foundation e.V. is active since 2016 as a non-profit based in Germany, and is the host of this website. We have since added a US based non-profit entity, and the new website will showcase the combined project and all Little Sun activity.
It is now time to act!
We support the 2030 Agenda and are doing everything we can to provide solar energy beyond the grid, and to advocate solar energy for all. Sustainable Development 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.
Who we are
Little Sun Foundation e.V. – 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 programs 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 programs that incorporate solar lighting and to monitor their impact. We have a partner entity in the US, the non-profit Little Sun INC. In addition we collaborate with Little Sun team and partners in Germany, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Senegal. In March 2021 we are launching a new website, which will expand on current and future projects and entities.
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!