We continued to provide lamps for students in Honduras and Malawi, and we reached new places like Ukraine and the Central African Republic where there continues to be urgent need due to conflicts and climate change.
These donations were made possible by the generous support of people like you. This year, you gave online in record numbers. You also supported our inaugural Unite to Light the Night event in Santa Barbara, CA which was our most successful fundraising event to date and raised enough money to change 10,000 lives in a single weekend! Thank you to all who contributed.
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Unite to Light distributed 28,140 Luke Lights and 4,300 Solar Chargers in 2022. This totals 32,440 units for the year. By the end of 2022 UTL’s total lights distributed over the life of the organization has grown to 200,609 lights and 80 countries. This year we added two countries: Ukraine and the Central African Republic.
Carbon Offsets: We received a grant from the University of California to implement a light subsidy program over the next three years. We are partnering with Solar Sister in Tanzania for distribution, d.light for the light manufacturing, and the UC for subsidy funding. In 2022 we created our draft project documents and held required Stakeholder consultations. Once the design is verified, we can access the subsidies through the UC and implement the project. We aim to have this started in Q1 2023.
We received a separate grant from the Ghanta Family Foundation to rewrite the carbon offset methodology for solar lights to include Black Carbon, a short term climate pollutant. Currently only CO2 and Methane are accounted for. We hired a research engineer to help with this project and are working with both Gold Standard and Verra registries (voluntary markets), as well as exploring the regulatory market requirements.
Local Health/Homelessness: While COVID-19 has become less of an issue, homelessness has not. We continue to partner with organizations across the country to support our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
With nearly 1 billion people living without electricity, we still have a lot of work to do in 2023 and beyond. We are still making shipments to Ukraine on a regular basis and we have unmet requests for Chargers to our neighbors experiencing homelessness and Lights for students in Ghana and around the world. For just $10 we can send a solar light almost anywhere in the world.
Donate today to spread more light in 2023.