The Impossible Act of Preparing for
COVID-19 in the Face of Poverty
As we brace for the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the US, we must not forget the global impact that this pandemic will cause. In places without access to running water and electricity it will be difficult to follow basic sanitation guidelines and social distancing. Finding a ventilator will be next to impossible. We can help by staying home now; giving scientists more time to find treatments and a vaccine. We can also support the organizations working on the ground.
At Unite to Light we believe that everyone deserves an equal chance. We distribute solar lights to give people that chance and while our lights don’t change lives, (only the people using them can do that for themselves), they do enable opportunities. Opportunities in education, health, safety and community.
For International Women’s Day we are highlighting how Unite to Light and our partners are enabling a more equitable world, one solar light at a time.
We are excited to announce our partnership with Simple Wealth, a company with a mission to transform forgotten metal into beautiful, wearable art. Unite to Light’s mission is to bring light to those without electricity. Access to clean and affordable light and energy is critical to improving health, education and prosperity globally. To support these efforts, Simple Wealth has designed a custom bracelet with the message ”Shine Bright”and will donate half of all sales so that we can continue to bring light to people living without electricity.
Direct Relief continues to be one of our primary distribution partners for disaster and medical aid across the world. In 2019 Unite to Light donated over 300 Solar Chargers and 500 Luke Lights through Direct Relief to Fiji, El Salvador, Syria, Cambodia, Peru and Haiti - among other locations. These lights have aided people coping with fires, floods, wars and have gone to hospitals, first responders and individuals in need.
This year we sent over 12,000 solar lights and chargers around the world. These went to students in South Africa and Haiti, midwives in Bangladesh and victims of disasters around the world. Dozens of partners also took lights around the globe. Everywhere lights go they are improving health, giving opportunity and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about our impact in 2019.
The California electric utilities have begun shutting off power to help prevent wildfires. This can mean days without power for people across the state. Discover what you need to know about solar power and battery storage whether you just want to power your phone and internet, or your entire house. This includes discussions of incentives, electric rates and battery capacity.
This summer I was privileged to travel to Nairobi and Kenya as part of an outreach program with St. Mary’s church in East Brunswick, NJ. and the IEEE Photonics Society. What surprised me the most was the resiliency and joy I encountered from people who have struggled so greatly and live with so little...