Haiti has an acute electricity problem. In Port- au- Prince, Haiti’s capital, the availability of electricity is very limited, and in some regions of the country do not have electrical power. As a result of lack of electricity, students have difficulty studying during the night hours, and for many of these students night school is the only possibility for a chance to set foot into a school. Many of them are currently using kerosene lamps and candle which are very hazardous, specifically in a country where the next fire station may be two hundred miles away if any. There have been many incidents of burned down houses in many communities due to this issue and many lives have been lost. The problem also affects women entrepreneurs known as “Madan Sara”. These women are the back bone of the Haitian economy. They spend the entire day at the open market and unable to improve their skills due to lack of electricity during night time. Many of the families are unable to purchase solar lights and many more are simply unaware of the existence of such technology.
The Light up Haiti project will work to address the lighting needs of rural students, families and schools in communities who conduct lessons during the evening hours. Children, both within households and in school settings, will be able to use these solar lights to study. Providing these solar lights to these students and their families will greatly support the education infrastructure in Haiti. This project will also eliminate the hazard that exists with the current use of candle and kerosene lamps to study and not to mention leaving the women of Haiti with one less worries when they get home at night.
Additionally, this project wants to ensure that the young people of Haiti are fully aware of the potential of green energy, and how such technology can improve their lives and country. Consequently, students will receive a booklet outlining basic facts of green energy, and how technological innovation in the green sector can help Haiti solves its electricity problem.
WHO WILL BENEFIT?
The Light up Haiti project will deliver solar lighting to 300 schools 500 families, with an average of 5 individuals per household and 200 people with disabilities in rural areas in Haiti.
We are currently seeking to raise $15,000 for our first phase of this project to purchase 1000 lights by January 12th 2012. You can make a contribution towards this campaign and you may also purchase a “Honor. Remember. Unite” T-Shirts to help us provide these urgently needed solar lights to students, women and people with disabilities in Haiti.
ON THE GROUND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Foundation Sud Espoir D’Haiti Inc
Haiti Foundation Ernest Janvier
Haiti Merjorlynn Foundation- Haiti
KOBIT FOR HAITI
ONE LOVE-ONE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, INC
Tod Allen Ladess
Harness Our Strength to Light up Haiti.
There are a few ways you can help make the “Spirit of Solidarity with Haiti” a huge success. You can encourage your staff to participate in or organize “Solidarity with Haiti” events, you can encourage them to purchase “Unity T-shirts”, you can help us raise funds for the “Light Up Haiti” Initiative or you can simply make a donation, and so help us deliver solar lighting to 300 schools 500 families, with an average of 5 individuals per household and 200 people with disabilities. To make a contribution click on the donate button down below. Alternatively, you can also send your check or money order to P.O Box 5621 Lake Worth, Fl 33466
YOU CAN BE A HERO TO A CHILD IN HAITI
You can be the reason why a child will stay in school and get an education. Donate a solar light to one of Haiti’s future leaders today! Donate $15 or more and receive a HONOR. REMEMBER. UNITE T-shirt. A t-shirt that presents a unified message from a united community in remembrance of the devastating earthquake.