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Here we would like to offer you an insight into some of the activities that take place behind the scenes at Amati.

Solar Aid

In 2017 I have decided to support another charity which supports rural communities but this time the individuals and families are over 7,000 miles away from the Sussex and Kent countryside.

Solar Aid is an international charity founded in 2006 in order to combat poverty and climate change – their aim is to eradicate the kerosene lamps used in Uganda, Malawi and Zambia and replace them with much safer and cheaper solar lights. Nearly 600 million people in Africa have no access to electricity and lighting is usually provided by kerosene-burning lamps which emit unhealthy smoke are expensive to run and can be deadly. Thankfully there is a very good alternative in the form of a little solar lamp which is easily chargeable by the sun during the day and then gives off hours of free light in the evening allowing children and families to safely work and study safely after dark.

In addition to providing the lights Solar Aid visit these rural communities so that they can explain the benefits of solar lighting and educate people as to why they offer a much safer and cheaper alternative to kerosene. Solar Aid also offers an innovative way to pay for the lights for those that just cannot afford the upfront cost, low earnings being one of the problems keeping them trapped into paying for kerosene.

This donation will supply 306 more solar lights for African families which, over the average expected lifetime will enable:

  • £44k to be collectively saved
  • 324 tonnes of CO2 emissions to be averted
  • 30k extra hours study for children
  • 650+ people to experience better health

Good luck to all the team at Solar Aid.

by Jason Rolf 12 December 2017