Solar products shine light on education in developing countries and refugee camps
The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 4; ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030. Despite the progress, a total of 57 million children remain out of school in developing countries. In refugee camps education is argued to be in a state of “crisis” by the UNHCR. Light through solar power provides a much-needed possibility to study in the dark after sunset.
First solar lamp categorized as a UNHCR core relief item
The BRIGHT SunBell solar lamp and phone charger was the first of its kind to be categorized as a UNHCR core relief item. Over 2 million lamps have since autumn of 2014 been distributed in refugee camps and emergency operations. But why is access to light and charging capabilities a vital basic need for displaced people?
The numerous health benefits of solar energy
Unclean energy sources in off-grid communities create household air pollution (HAP), which is considered the largest environmental health risk factor for human life by the World Health Organization (WHO) (p.3). Replacing toxic energy sources with solar power have numerous positive effects on health and well-being, contributing to fulfil UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number three.