One in five people live without electricity and the results are devastating – condemning billions to darkness, ill health, unfulfilled futures and repeated cycles of poverty. Families that rely on kerosene lanterns for lighting after dusk are exposed to toxic fumes that can damage their eyesight and lungs. Without a reliable light source to study with at night a child’s education stagnates as they are unable to develop the necessary skills to break the cycle of poverty.
- Energy poverty kills more people each year than malaria, HIV and AIDS combined
- Kerosene lanterns produce more than 190 million tons of CO2 emissions annually
- Two million children die each year from toxic kerosene fumes
- Poor families can spend up to 40% of their income on kerosene
- Providing a SolarBuddy light to a child living in energy poverty changes lives
How we’ll make a difference
Our partnership is focused on providing SolarBuddy lights to children in PNG, Timor and Cambodia to help them study at night for a better education.