The impact solar light has on communities is truly remarkable.
By improving access to cleaner, renewable, sustainable lighting, we are making refugee camps safer and more suitable places for the many families who live in them, especially for girls and women. With savings made by families, more girls get a chance to study with clean light.
With access to bright, clean light children get an extra hour to study each day. Children do better at school and are more likely to gain a higher level of education and are no longer exposed to toxic kerosene fumes.
Kerosene lamps release toxic fumes that cause respiratory problems and eye diseases. With a simple solar light, families quickly notice an improvement in health which links back to better school performance and well-being.
Why Do Students Need Energy Access?
Providing solar light to children in areas without reliable access to electricity gives them a vital tool for studying after dark, boosting their academic performance. Most students living in off-grid regions rely on dangerous, polluting, expensive kerosene and candles for their lighting. Solar lamps are a safer, healthier alternative that improve children’s chances of fully completing their education and breaking out of the poverty cycle. Read more!
“The most important item I received in the OXFAM dignity kit is the Little Sun solar light, because I have a small child who needs to be taken care of in the night.”
Nyanlok, South Sudan
“I want to become a great teacher. I want to help children, particularly girls, in Afar who do not have access to education.”
“I work as a midwife. By wearing the lamp around my neck, I can easily facilitate childbirth without problems.”
Falmata Kimé, Niger
Why Do Refugees Need Energy Access?
Solar lamps can be used as a guiding light: Food, water, and shelter are the basic provisions needed by refugees and IDPs in emergency situations; what is often overlooked is that access to energy is also integral to sustaining life. A personal portable solar lamp is a cost-effective way to ensure the highest impact. Kerosene, candles, and disposable batteries are costly for refugees, while solar lamps create long-term independence. Read more!
To improve the living conditions of people in refugee camps and students’ opportunities for education, we work closely with our partners to measure and evaluate the impact of solar energy on education, poverty, health, well-being, and the environment. Read more about our activities!
- Impact Report (2018) Download
- The Impact of Solar on Students, Kamonyi/Rwanda (May 2018) Download
- The Impact of Solar on Reading Skills, Ethiopia – Ministry of Education/Pro Pride Ethiopia (August 2017) Download
- The Impact of Solar on IDPs in Ethiopia – IOM (June 2017) Download
- The Impact of Solar on Students, Ethiopia – Save the Children (March 2017) Download
- The Impact of Solar on Refugees in Niger – Save the Children (May 2017) Download
- The Impact of Solar on IDPs in South Sudan – Oxfam (May 2016) Download