IOM’s Global Solar Lanterns Initiative

#LIGHTTHEIRWAY

More than 57,000 vulnerable families in camps and communities across Africa, Asia, and Latin America need greater protection, support for education as well as better health and safety.

HOW TO LIGHT THEIR WAY

USD 35
(up to 2 lanterns*)

USD 70
(up to 4 lanterns*)

USD 105
(up to 6 lanterns*)

USD 250
(up to 14 lanterns*)

* Quantities may vary depending on field supplier utilized.

Make a one-time or monthly contribution.

BENEFITS OF SOLAR LANTERNS

SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION

Completing homework is difficult for children with no access to electricity. By providing solar lanterns youth can study at night and improve their performance.

REDUCED RISK

Women and men living in camps can experience assault and insecurity. By using solar lanterns at night to carry out routine chores or travel to and from water and sanitation facilities, they can feel safer.

INCREASED HEALTH AND SAFETY

Replacing kerosene lamps with solar lanterns helps avoid inhaling toxic fumes and greatly reduces fire hazards and dependency on expensive, non-renewable resources.

COMMUNITIES YOU'VE REACHED

Somalia

Approximately 347 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in camps on Bossaso, Galkayo and Garowe, Somalia have been given solar lanterns.

 

Ghana

Solar lanterns have been distributed to child survivors of trafficking who were rescued from fishing communities along Lake Volta.

 

The Philippines

Solar lamps were distributed targeting populations living in remote, hard-to-reach and/or high-risk areas across typhoon affected areas.

 

SOLAR LANTERNS FOR THE ROHINGYAS1

IOM and Waka Waka, a solar lanterns company, have teamed up to help the Rohingya community in Bangladesh. Fifty-five thousand Rohingyas live in makeshift settlements where basic services and infrastructure are practically non existant. Rohingya children often grow up without formal education and most families have lost their traditional forms of livelihood. The lack of electricity impacts the community: children struggle to study in the evening and women feel less secure when neighbourhoods become dark. For every Waka Waka solar light or charger that you buy, IOM will distribute one Waka Waka to a Rohingya family in need.

 

 

 

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(1) “The largest Muslim group within Rakhine State self-identify under the term “Rohingya,” a designation that is not accepted by the majority of the ethnic Rakhine population, and is not recognized by the central Government of Myanmar as one of the 135 official nationalities in the country. In order to preserve neutrality on the issue, IOM Myanmar alternatively refers to this group as “Muslim minority of Rakhine State.” In line with the National Strategy of the Government of Bangladesh, IOM Bangladesh refers to unregistered members of this minority group as “Undocumented Myanmar Nationals.”

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