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Top 5 Travel Gifting Tips
Give Like it Matters

June 18, 2019
There are many reasons to travel: to experience new cultures, to see new places, or maybe to revisit something or someone that had an impact on our lives. When we travel to communities that have fewer resources than we do, we often want to take gifts that will improve the lives of the people in that community. But a well-intentioned gift can be disruptive or even harmful (especially when targeted to children). So how do you know what to take with you when you travel? Follow our tips to ensure your gifts have a positive impact.
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Light Libraries Lead to a Brighter Future
June 4, 2019
The sun is starting to set after a long day in South Africa. With Matric Exams coming up, it is a very busy time of year for students seeking to graduate from high school. Students study as much as they can, but as night falls, they find themselves reading in the dark. To continue studying, some students resort to kerosene lamps. These lamps make it difficult to breathe and can cause severe burns. For these students, success has very strict bounds. In the hopes of eliminating the boundaries to success, Unite to Light has partnered with multiple South African school to provide Light Libraries.
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Midwives Boost Care, Provide Hope For Moms 

April 24, 2019
A solar light may be the most important tool in a midwife's bag. This is the story of Elizabeth,  a midwife in Bangladesh, and how a small light can have a substantial impact in providing much needed maternal and newborn care in rural areas.
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The Importance of Being Nimble

April 16, 2019
In March, Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe. It would turn out to be one of the worst natural disasters in southern African history. A month after landfall the impacts are still developing and people are in need. 

Unite to Light was able to redirect 350 solar Luke Lights from a partner in Zimbabwe to the Zimbabwe Red Cross for disaster recovery and relief.  Read how flexibility and strong partnerships enabled quick action to help people in need. 

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The Impact of Solar Lights in a Disaster

March 4, 2019
On the morning of April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. A busy day in the city of Kathmandu turned into chaotic scramble as building after building collapsed onto the ground threatening to trap anyone in its path. The streets that had been full of people moments before the earthquake were now full of ruble. Miles away, the serenity of the countryside - full of lush greenery, low hanging clouds and back dropped by the Himalayan mountains - would disappear as the earthquake created avalanches and mudslides that ripped through entire communities. 
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Basics of Solar Lights
January 23, 2019
Solar use to be expensive but today prices have come down and solar electricity is everywhere. Our satellites and the Mars rover are solar powered, as are homes, toys, outdoor lighting and solar battery packs to charge our electronic devices. Importantly solar electricity is bringing light to the one billion people around the world who live without power. Often these solar lights are replacing kerosene or candles as light sources in the home. This post explores the basics of solar lights  and how they are changing the world.
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How to Pick A Solar Charger & Battery Bank
January 18, 2019
Whether it’s for work, fun or in an emergency, our electronics are crucial tools. We depend on them to stay safe and connected. Trekking adventures, preparedness, and #VanLife are more than just fads, they are ways of life. When we disconnect from the grid, intentionally or unintentionally, we want our power. Solar charging and battery power are essential.

The right charging unit can keep your battery full almost indefinitely, without endangering your electronics or costing too much. Unfortunately, there is a proliferation of low-quality products on the market. This guide will help you decide what type of solar charger and battery bank is right for you. 
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Solar Lights Brighten the Future
December 6, 2018
Having access to clean, safe and reliable light is crucial to improving health, education and prosperity globally. That is why Unite to Light supports projects that give lights to students who can not otherwise afford them. In an effort to understand the impact our lights have had, we are tracking pass through rates (the rate at which students pass from one grade to another successfully) and graduation rates in schools that have received Luke Lights from Unite to Light. 
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Unite to Light & UNFPA Bring Light for Life
November 13, 2018
Under the Safe Birth Even Here campaign, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and Unite to Light (UTL) have launched the “Light for Life” project. This initiative will provide solar lights to midwives in humanitarian and conflict zones, as well as to rural regions without access to electricity.
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