While the daily task of studying in a well lit home or classroom is something many children in developed countries take for granted, it’s not as commonplace for students in many developing nations. Over 1.3 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. Sadly, millions of them are children.
In line with National Environmental Education Week’s ‘Greening STEM’ theme, ChildFund International and Nokero International Ltd joined forces to distribute clean, eco-friendly lighting to kids living without electricity.Â The “Light to Learn” initiative aims to eradicate the old-school toxic (and extremely dangerous) kerosene lamps, replacing them with Nokero Ed ($6), an all-in-one solar LED book light powered by the sun and a rechargeable AAA battery. It provides up to 15 hours of continuous light.
“For a child living in darkness, light does more than brighten a room, it brightens a life,â€ said ChildFund’s Marcia Roeder. “Our partnership with Nokero will make a significant impact on the lives of the children we serve.â€
ChildFund International serves approximately more than 15.2 million children and their family members in 31 countries, including Angola, Uganda, India, Brazil, Honduras and the United States. The child development and protection agency has been around for more than 70 years. Nokero (short for No Kerosene), formed in June 2010, develops affordable and environmentally-friendly technologies.
To get involved in the ChildFund-Nokero Global “Light to Learn” Challenge, visit www.mychildfund.org .
To see how Ed works, watch the video below: