Solar Health Uganda
Let There Be Light International distributes low-cost/high-impact solar lighting to vulnerable people living in Energy Poverty. Our goal is to replace dirty, dangerous, and costly kerosene and biofuel lighting with clean, safe, renewable solar lighting. Let There Be Light International works with KACCAD to provide solar lighting to school children, AIDS widows, the homebound elderly, and teachers.
Through this partnership with Let There Be Light International (LTBLI), KACCAD has so far distributed 783 solar lights to households, schools and health clinics off the electric grid since 2013 to date.
The primary activities of Let There Be Light International are:
- To Educate and Raise Awareness about Energy Poverty and
- To Fundraise via Solar Sponsorship Campaigns at US schools, Medical Centers, Faith Based Centers, and Community Groups for the purchase and distribution of solar lanterns and solar home systems to those living in Energy Poverty.
KACCAD's Let There Be Light - Bulenga Project is targeting orphans and vulnerable children, widows, women, youths and child headed households, women headed households, the extremely poor, and people living or affected by HIV/AIDS, and those with disabilities, churches, schools and health centers. The project has these two distinct goals:
Goal 1: To enable institutions and underprivileged persons live a dignified quality of life through sustainable lighting technology and income generation from charging services
Goal 2: To enable KACCAD to attain self reliance through financial sustainability acquired as a result of income generated from solar lantern sales
The project’s objectives are:
- To promote solar lantern usage among communities in the very remote areas where conventional hydro-electric power supply is inaccessible
- To support HIV/AIDS widows to set up and sustainably operate income generating businesses using the large solar lanterns which have cell phone charging capacity
- To generate sustainable income for the organization through procurement and sale of solar lanterns to needy customers at subsidized prices
The expected results of the project are:
- Targeted communities enjoying sustainable lighting services within their respective areas
- Target widows operating sustainable phone charging businesses and generating reasonable income
- The organization generating reasonable income from sale of the solar lanterns, and using it to sustainably procure more similar lanterns for subsequent sale to customers
We intend to intensify sensitization of the target beneficiaries in order to ensure the proper custody and maintenance of the solar lanterns. A thorough understanding of the solar lanterns' comparative advantage over current lighting practices is an important part of the outreach. To this effect we plan to conduct a series of sensitization meetings organized at village level to ensure effective coverage for greater impact.
In the third quarter of 2014, we will roll out the second phase of lantern distribution. 50 large and 50 small solar lanterns will be issued to objectively identified target beneficiaries. These solar lanterns will help to improve community members’ livelihoods through income generation (by those who will get the large sized types which have phone charging capacity) and reliable lighting source (by everyone having a solar lantern).