"This is a breakthrough approach to lighting classrooms in rural Africa replacing traditional, toxic and expensive kerosene lights"
Rebecca Weir, Light IQ Design Director.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Light IQ who share our passion for a world where everyone has access to clean, affordable energy"
Richard Turner, Director of Fundraising, SolarAid
"Giving schools and pupils access to simple solar technology impacts poverty and changes lives forever"
Steve Andrews, SolarAid CEO
"With the solar lights installed the students will be able to study longer hours and do all their assignments timely"
Mr Langa, Deputy Principal Embangweni Primary in Mzimba North district
Light IQ are delighted to partner and fundraise for SolarAid to illuminate rural schools in Malawi
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Supporting solar lights to schools in Malawi
SolarAid is a leading international charity whose aim is to eradicate toxic expensive kerose from Africa by 2020 and get a clean light in every home in Africa. SolarAid’s SunnyMoney team in Malawi has fantastic links with the local government District Education Authorities. Working through Teacher Development Centres, the team can reach out to large numbers of Headteachers which they would otherwise be unable to contact. Building trust through this relationship is the key to their success. Teams spend a day teaching the Headteachers about solar and building their trust and understanding of the lights and how they can be used in classrooms and in the home.
Light IQ Aims
Our fundraising donations would support schools in and around Mzuzu.
Light IQ will raise funds to cover the cost of promoting and installing solar kits. The kit consists of four strip lights, two hanging lights and a spotlight.
Mzuzu is the third largest city in Malawi and is situated in the Northen Region. The city has 130,000 residents with a further 1.7 million living in the surrounding area. It is a largely agricultural area within Mzimba District, growing tea, rubber and coffee.
Malawi is one of the least urbanised countries in the world but is experiencing one of the highest rates of urban migration in the world – 6.3%, over three times the global rate. The cities, including Mzuzu, are struggling to provide basic services for the increasing numbers of residences. Even within the city, 60% of the population have no electricity; in the surrounding region this percentage rises to 98.2% who live off the electricity grid. Many rely instead on dirty, dangerous and expensive fuels such as kerosene, wood and candles to light their homes and schools.
By supporting schools in and around Mzuzu with clean, safe solar technology, students will be able to study without putting their lives and health at risk. A school with reliable clean light means students can study and teachers can prepare lessons before sunrise or after sunset. More study time means better exam results and a brighter future for students. What’s more, schools will save precious funds previously wasted on fossil fuels.