The absence of lighting poses serious security problems for off the grid communities, particularly for the women and girls living in those communities, throughout the world. In Haiti’s IDP camps, this has been an especially grave situation, with incidents of rape and violent crime increasing by 50% in the absence of lighting. With lighting, these incidents decrease significantly; during a recent visit to an IDP camp in Haiti, we learned that the installation of lights helped decrease occurrences of rape from 57 times per week to only 2 per week. Solar lights can significantly enhance the safety of camps and off the grid communities and help protect women walking alone at night. Soleil Global is working to build partnerships that will increase the safety in IDP camps and off the grid communities in Haiti.
Pneumonia is responsible for 2 million deaths per year, making it the number one child killer. Indoor smoke is one of the underlying causes and to blame for nearly 800,000 child deaths annually. There are over 1 MILLION deaths each year due to kerosene lamps. Millions of children are burned from kerosene lamps.
Replacing kerosene with a renewable and clean source of light will decrease the use of kerosene and its adverse impacts on health. Solar lights can improve health and quality of life by decreasing incidence of lung cancer, asthma, and pulmonary issues. Access to clinics with lighting can lower child mortality rate and improve maternal health. Imagine giving birth in the dark or doctors operating by candlelight.
Soleil Global is striving to promote improved health and quality of life for everyone living in energy poverty through the use of solar powered lights. Join us in our campaign to enhance health and safety and Light up the World!