Living Goods and Little Sun in Uganda
Swafdal Abdellah with his Little Sun. Photo: Living Goods
Here are some testimonials collected from our partners Living Goods, a San Francisco-based non-profit that distributes Little Suns in Uganda:
Hajat Nubuwart Kadala at the Living Goods office in Uganda. Photo: Living Goods
Hajat Nubuwart Kadala works for Living Goods as a community health promoter, and she is working to spread Little Sun solar light in her village. She explains the situation:
There really is a need for solar products in this area where you have a lot of power cuts. People use kerosene lamps and candles, but the fuel is expensive, and you hear stories of accidents with children getting bad burns from the lamps, or mothers who leave their children in the house with a burning candle, and the house catches fire. Children have died in such accidents.
Hajat with her son Swafdal. Photo: Living Goods
As well as working to distribute Little Suns, Hajat also brought a lamp for her eldest son Swafdal Abdellah, during a recent visit to his boarding school. Swafdal illustrates how Little Sun has affected his life at school:
I was very happy when she gave me the Little Sun. The teachers give us a lot of homework every day, but the power is switched off at 9:00 pm and then you have to just close your books and go to sleep, because it is too dark to study. Now, with Little Sun, I can revise and complete my homework. Even my friends benefit from it, because I hang it from the ceiling in our dormitory so they can see too. They were all very happy, because it saves them from being caned in the morning if they haven’t finished their homework. So, they thanked me a lot.
Swafdal studies with the light of his Little Sun solar lamp. Photo: Living Goods
Clearly, this little lamp has made a big impression on Abdellah’s teachers, as four of them have ordered lamps from Hajat in the past few weeks. And as the Living Goods Bwaise branch is soon to introduce a solar product credit and savings plan, hopefully Little Sun will be spreading even more light and joy very soon.
Primary School Teacher Sheikh Muto. Photo: Living Goods
Sheikh Muto is a teacher at the Aidan Nursery and Primary School in Bwaise, a large area on the outskirts of Kampala. He says of Little Sun:
We are used to seeing Hajat walking around with different products that we always admire. When she came to me and showed me the Little Sun solar light, I thought it was something her husband had brought back from Dubai. People who travel to Dubai always bring back unique things, and I thought the Little Sun was very special.
Recently Living Goods community health promoters have been approaching teachers in an effort to distribute the Little Sun lamps to parents through their school network. Says Sheikh:
Hajat gave me a free trial for one week. I bought a Little Sun for the school, to use during the early morning and evening classes, and the children are very happy with it. We demonstrated it to the parents at the parents/teachers meeting, and there was a lot of interest in it.
Little Sun On the Road: Senegal
Ali Ouedraogo on the sunny beaches of Palmarin. Photo: Ali Ouedraogo
Our ‘Little Sun On the Road’ series features firsthand stories collected by members of the Little Sun team as we travel around the world with the Little Sun project – all in the business of spreading Little Sun solar light. Today’s entry comes from Ali Ouedraogo, our Africa Business and Development Coordinator, who has recently been on the road in Senegal. Here is Ali’s account:
Little Sun comes to Palmarin
Fishing boats used by the ecovillagers of Palmarin. Photo: Ali Ouedraogo
Located about a three-hour drive from Dakar in Senegal, Palmarin is an ecovillage that was established in 2007. The main activities at Palmarin are fishing and agriculture. Found in both rural and urban areas, ecovillages are communities focused on utilising renewable energies and sustainable methods in their development. Yet for light, the residents of the largely unelectrified village of Palmarin currently use the only light sources available to them – fuel-based generators, kerosene lanterns, and candles. All of these options produce toxic smoke and emissions and are not renewable forms of energy.
Palmarin has been introduced to Little Sun solar lamps in order to strengthen the ecovillage project and boost its economy by providing villagers with a safe, reliable source of light while they work. This ecovillage already has a structure called a tontine that allows villagers to easily pay for the lamps. A tontine is a savings group where members make daily deposits of a certain amount. A person elected by the community is in charge of receiving the daily deposit. As an example, for a 6,000 FCFA lamp, they will make a daily deposit of 200 FCFA. At the end of the month, they can buy their solar lamp. The distribution of Little Suns will involve all the women’s and youth associations in the village.
Mamadou Faye and friend with a Little Sun lamp. Photo: Ali Ouedraogo
Mamadou Faye is the representative of the LS solar-powered lamps distribution at Palmarin. He is a school teacher who believes in renewable energy as a way forward and also values the importance of being at the heart of such project in his community. Says Faye:
The temperatures are very high at Palmarin all year, and we have finally found a valuable way to use this energy from the sun. Little Sun is more than a lamp for us – it is a revolution that will quickly change our entire community. Most women here work in the fishing area, and the best time for them to work is at night, due to high demand. Their only means of lighting used to be kerosene lanterns and candles. Today with Little Sun, we can proudly say that some of our difficulties are gone.
Little Sun on Mars?
Nick Orenstein and Little Sun at MDRS. Photo: Nick Orenstein
Nick Orenstein is Crew Commander at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, USA. He brought Little Suns to MDRS, and the lamps became a valuable resource during the scientists’ stay. Here is Nick’s experience, in his own words:
'Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in. The glowing beauty of two Little Sun solar lamps recently started illuminating a greenhouse on Mars. Well, not the actual Red Planet, but the Mars Desert Research Station. Operated by the non-profit Mars Society, MDRS is one of Earth’s few Mars analog scientific sites, hosting crews of six or seven people who live in its small confines for two weeks at a time. For half of the Earth year, scientists, engineers, artists, journalists, and other space activists ‘practice for Mars’ in the remote Utah desert.
The Mars Desert Research Station. Photo: Nick Orenstein
I brought the two Little Suns to MDRS during my recent mission as Crew 132 Commander. The Little Suns were a perfect addition to the facility, which comprises both a space research facility and a greenhouse called the GreenHab. Space habitats have limited power available, so it was great to have a self-powered solar lamp with ample light output that didn’t drain our resources. The Little Suns’ portability made for easy installation and simple use. Their bright yellow color was a warm, welcome hue in an otherwise desolate red and gray landscape.
Hydroponic lettuce growing in the GreenHab. Photo: Nick Orenstein
One day in particular, the Little Suns helped us immensely in the GreenHab, in which the primary activity is food growth – specifically vegetables and herbs – for crew consumption. The hydroponics system hosts Ithaca and Crisp Mint lettuces as well as cayenne and California Wonder peppers. Crews also planted little finger carrots, radishes, snap peas, and Old Homestead beans in potted planters.
The GreenHab has no permanent lights of its own, so when the sun set and our construction repair job wasn’t complete, the Little Suns prevented a major work delay. As my friend and crewmate was up on a ladder, I beamed a Little Sunlight his way, and we finished our caulking job on time with a laugh. I know that the Little Suns will provide light for many missions to come.
A Little Sun hangs at the MDRS. Photo: Nick Orenstein
Martian expeditions take on a multitude of roles, and Noah’s Ark is certainly one of the more formidable ones. Missions to Mars – and to Mars analog stations such as MDRS – take life from Earth, uproot just enough of it, and give it safe passage across the vastness of space. Just as Noah did, crew members escape societal and environmental dangers on Earth to start fresh. To breath life anew. To seed visions of lush, green, sustaining life in an otherwise hostile world. At MDRS, crew members are stewards of life on ‘Mars.’
The MDRS illuminated at night by Little Sun solar light. Photo: Nick Orenstein
I’ve been a fan of Olafur Eliasson since seeing his retrospective at the museum in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. My perception of light, and even, reality is better off after spending 15 minutes in his single-wavelength yellow-filled room. I love and admire the conceptual mixture of art, light, science, and simple geometry. Art and science are both creative endeavors which complement each other. The circle of life spins on, evolving and expanding as we humble human explorers push the boundary ever outwards with artists’ aid and friendly lights brightening the path.’
Little Sun brings light and livelihoods to Kiramira, Burundi
The Kiramira team and Mogens. Photo: Mogens Nygaard Petersen
Mogens Nygaard Petersen is the co-founder of Imagine Burundi-Terimbere and has been working with members of a small community who are selling Little Suns in rural Kiramira, Burundi. Here is his account, in his own words:
'The first Imagine Burundi-Terimbere team lives in the mountainous region of Kiramira in Burundi's northern province of Cibitoke. To get there, one must navigate virtually impassable roads. Because of its remoteness, Kiramira lies outside of the reach of most NGOs. But the landscape is stunning, with an indescribably beautiful panoramic view that can take your breath away. The hard-working people and the abundance of natural resources and crops like coffee, rice, and cassava all hint toward a prosperous future for the big mountains in DR Congo.
Pascasie Redi sells Little Suns from the Kiramira kiosk. Photo: Mogens Nygaard Petersen
The first Kiramira team comprises ten women and five men. When we met them in 2011, had been working with an ADRA Denmark project that to reduce gender-based violence in their community. So it was a perfect time for us to work with this group, who were receptive to learning and committed to improving their small community. We asked the team, ‘What will it take for you to really prosper in your living conditions?’ The answer came immediately: ‘We have many ideas, but we need some way to make an income.’
Then things moved fast. Imagine Burundi established the Kiramira team as an organisation, a legal status necessary to protect them from corrupt police in the area. We taught them how to manage their finances and guided them in holding organised meetings where decisions are reached by consensus.
A member of the Kiramira team weaves a Burundian basket. Photo: Mogens Nygaard Petersen
We investigated the natural resources in their area and decided to teach them to weave traditional Burundian baskets, which we then bought from them to sell as gift items in the Fund’s Imagine Shop in Bujumbura. Slowly, the team began to produce baskets and managed to earn their first income. They saved this money together as a group, and after only one year, they were able to buy a small piece of land that would yield crops and keep hunger away.
A selection of finished Burundian baskets for sale at The Imagine Shop in Bujumbura. Photo: Imagine Burundi-Terimbere
In 2012 Imagine Burundi bought 15 Little Sun solar lamps and gave them to the team in honour of their great results. The Little Suns came with a significant benefit – the team quickly discovered that the amount of baskets they could produce per week increased, as the Little Suns allowed them to work after sunset.
Women in Kiramira weaving their Burundian baskets. Photo: Mogens Nygaard Petersen
The Kiramira team structured itself so those who were older or less physically able produced baskets, while the young and strong farmed their land, earning additional money working for other farmers. And because of this money they have made through selling more baskets, they are now able to send all the children to school. The team is very proud of their accomplishments. Team Leader Pascasie Redi says:
We all have a past as IDPs or refugees because of the civil war. We were not human beings. We survived only because of charity. It was not a dignified life. A decent life is to be able to support ourselves and not be dependent on others for help. A dignified life is to feel pride. When Little Sun came and I began to sell them at the kiosk, it gave the whole team a desire for new challenges. We are so happy with this Little Sun project, which Imagine Burundi-Terimbere tells us is called a social business.
Kiramira team members build their headquarters. Photo: Mogens Nygaard Petersen
In autumn 2013 the team took another leap forward. They built a headquarters containing their office, a small meeting room, and a storage room. Additionally they opened a small kiosk managed by Pascasie Redi. The kiosk sells small everyday household items, and of course, Little Sun lamps. In only two months the kiosk has sold an incredible 20 lamps. I really feel the team in Kiramira is a succesful model that proves people in off-grid areas can lift themselves out of poverty, decide their own future, and fulfil their dreams, step by step.’
Little Sun On the Road: Zimbabwe
A Little Sun sales agent in Zimbabwe makes sure his lamps are charged. Photo: Edwin Sithole
Our new ‘Little Sun On the Road’ series features firsthand stories collected by members of the Little Sun team as we travel around the world with the Little Sun project working with our international distribution partners and Little Sun sales agents – all in the business of spreading Little Sun solar light. The first entry comes from Ali Ouedraogo, our Africa Business and Development Coordinator. He has been on the road in Zimbabwe working with our partners Alight Zimbabwe Trust since January. Here is Ali’s account:
‘I have rediscovered myself and what I can achieve’ – Darlington Guru
Darlington Guru selling Little Suns in Mount Pleasant, Zimbabwe. Photo: Ali Ouedraogo
I first met Darlington Guru last year. As a child, Darlington was sponsored by the NGO Plan Zimbabwe. He grew up in an environment full of adversity where uncertainty and hope sometimes walk side by side. But with the support of Plan Zimbabwe, he is now studying sociology at the University of Zimbabwe. He feels an urgent need to give back to his community.
Last March Darlington was introduced to the Little Sun project through Alight Zimbabwe Trust, an organisation comprised of formerly sponsored Plan children. While pursuing his studies, Darlington started selling Little Sun lamps in his hometown of Mount Pleasant, a small suburb of Harare with a low electrification rate. He organized small campaigns educating residents about the economic and health benefits of using solar energy, even recruiting one community member to help him sell lamps. Today, Darlington is the owner of his Little Sun small business. He makes enough money to cover some of his daily expenses, and – most importantly for him – he is giving back to his community.
Selling Little Sun lamps helps me cover transportation costs from my home to the University of Zimbabwe and has given me marketing skills. I have rediscovered myself and what I can achieve.
Members of the Alight Zimbabwe Trust team. Photo: Frederik Ottesen
Darlington’s Little Sun business is an opportunity to support himself financially while helping his community members acquire a reliable source of energy. He is currently making one dollar for each lamp sold – and the benefits of Little Sun are spreading in his community. Says Darlington:
The Little Sun lamps are helping the children in my community by providing them with light so they can study at night and become successful. But many other children in other parts of my country are waiting for the same opportunity – and I want to be there for them.
Darlington is now working toward developing his entrepreneurial skills and recently began interning in Alight Zimbabwe Trust’s office. He is learning sales techniques from other Little Sun sales agents and also sharing his experiences with them. The story of Darlington highlights the social and economic impact of Little Sun in off-grid communities. I hope to see many more young people like Darlington, whose commitment to give back and desire to explore all opportunities serves as an inspiration for others.
Little Sun in Uttar Pradesh, India – Part 2
The Gulabi Gang loves Little Sun! Photo: Karin Lerche
A couple of weeks ago we shared a firsthand account from Karin Lerche and Nanna Birk, graduate students at Denmark’s Roskilde University who recently completed their fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh, a rural and semi-rural state in Northern India. They brought a few Little Sun solar lamps along on their trip, hoping to distribute them in the predominantly unelectrified state. After returning home, Karin and Nanna wrote about their experience and sent us some beautiful photos. Here is the second and final part of their story, in their own words:
The Gulabi Gang
Our main reason for traveling to Uttar Pradesh was to follow the activist women’s group the Gulabi Gang. ‘Gulabi’ means pink in Hindi, and they took that name because the members wear pink saris when they go to protests or put pressure on a violent husband or a corrupt police officer.
The Gulabi Gang in action. Photo: Karin Lerche
The Gulabi Gang is led by Sampat Pal, who works with women from the lowest castes and tribes in Uttar Pradesh to build and enhance their livelihoods. We saw how Sampat is able to motivate these women, who not even are allowed to walk out of their own doors without permission from their families. The Gulabi Gang takes on many personal cases, such as domestic violence and the abuse of women and girls, in addition to working for betterment of the villages with roads, schools, and electricity.
Sampat Pal with her Little Sun. Photo: Karin Lerche
Sampat Pal is working to establish a minimum of electricity in the villages, but there is still a long way to go. Even if the villagers are able to each get one light bulb in their homes, it will be expensive. And it will still be a problem to walk around outside at night, as there are no streetlights. Therefore Sampat is very pleased with Little Sun, which she considers to be a good alternative that does not harm the environment as kerosene lanterns do and reduces expenses in the long run. She says:
I am very glad that Little Sun brings some brightness into these women’s lives.
Holding Hands with the Sun
Olafur Eliasson’s new article ‘Holding Hands with the Sun’ has been published in The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy magazine’s ‘Financing the Future of Global Health’ Winter Issue, out now. Here is the text in full:
Holding Hands with the Sun
We all know the feeling of being touched by an experience, by a poem, a book, music, or a work of art. Being touched gives you a jolt. It shifts you into a new place. You were there, an experience touched you, and then you were moved – you moved – and now you are here. You have progressed.
This profound experience is not necessarily about getting to know something new. Often when we are touched, we become aware of an emotional state that we already carry within us, something we recognise and maybe even identify with, but have not yet verbalised or gained clarity about. This is why looking at a great painting can be liberating. This is why a great book sometimes feels as if it is reading you more than you are reading it. And this is why theatre can connect our thinking to our feelings. This is what art can do. Art can be about getting you to treasure the dreams you have forgotten or to wake you up if you dream too much. It can be provocative or inquiring, or it can give you a much-needed moment of beauty. Art is involved, on a day-to-day basis, with touching people.
One of the great challenges today is that people far too often feel untouched by major problems in the world; they do not feel themselves to be part of the global community. The world is paved with indifference. We might expect the easy availability of information and data to connect people and lead to action, but this is not the case. There is a disconnect between what people know and how they feel, and, consequently, what they do.
How can we make awareness lead to actual changes in behaviour and help us raise the necessary funds to respond to global issues? Public awareness campaigns mostly leave me untouched because they either just add new data to what we already know or else attempt to manipulate me with condescending, emotionalist marketing strategies. Certainly it is important to present the data behind key issues facing the world today, but linking the two – knowledge and feeling – is necessary to mobilise responsible action.
It is important to have confidence in touching people, moving people. While Little Sun offers a practical solution to the problem of unequal energy distribution, it more importantly creates an emotional bond to the discussion: the feeling of being able to tap into solar energy. Think about it: I need some energy, I place the lamp in the sun, and I have it – I make energy available for myself. I become powerful. Little Sun is about the self-esteem gained from feeling you have resources and are powerful. It takes something that belongs to all of us – the sun – and makes it available to each of us. It’s not just about having access to energy – it’s about being strong. This is something everyone can identify with; it’s what everyone wants.
For me, art is about having an experience that is both shared and individual. We may disagree, but, fundamentally, we are experiencing the work together. A successful artwork builds a community where not agreeing is not only allowed but essential. We have to seek a language that allows for both being singular – me – and plural – us. When I talk about Little Sun as art, then, I am thinking about it as something that creates a community. Since Little Sun is available both on-grid and off, it emphasises what we share regardless of the fact that we may not have the same lifestyle, the same values, or religion. We still have enough in common. We all want to be happy, to have beauty in our life, and we all want to be touched.
Little Sun in Uttar Pradesh, India – Part 1
Karin Lerche and Nanna Birk are graduate students at Denmark’s Roskilde University who recently completed their fieldwork in Uttar Pradesh, a state in Northern India that has rural and semi-rural areas. They brought a few Little Sun solar lamps along on their trip, hoping to distribute them in the predominantly unelectrified state. After returning home, Karin and Nanna wrote about their experience and sent us some beautiful photos. As part of a special two part post, here is their account, in their own words:
Champa with her two sons. Photo: Karin Lerche
We met a woman named Champa, who is 35 years old. Her husband died two years ago, and now she is raising her two bright kids, aged seven and nine, by herself in Badosa. She makes her living by sewing and selling clothes.
Champa was very eager to show us how good both of her children are at reading. She immediately gave them a newspaper in Hindi, and they read one page after another. There was no doubt that she was very proud of them. She told us that she would continue to motivate them to do their homework. When we gave her the solar lamp, she said:
If we are lucky, we get two hours of electricity per day in our home, and it’s very unstable. The Little Sun solar lamp has made a lot of things so much easier for the whole family. My children can now study whenever they want to during the night. I also discovered that the lamp is a big help for me and my work. After my children go to sleep, I am now able to finish my sewing and stitching work because I have light. I am very happy with my Little Sun and all the opportunities it gives me and my children.
Uttar Pradesh is populated with many small villages that largely lack access to water, paved roads, and electricity. In some villages an electrical infrastructure exists, but there is no electricity in the cables. The public offices that provide the electricity are often corrupt, and villagers don’t have money to pay for electricity or any cash to bribe the officials.
The Indian government has created schemes to fulfil the needs of the poorest and most disadvantaged groups in society. Most poor families have ration cards guaranteeing them – in principle – a right to a certain ration of kerosene used to light lanterns in their homes. But often the kerosene ends up on the black market and is sold at a very high cost, so the families can often only afford to light a small wick in their whole household. Parents also express a lot of concern about their children breathing smoke from the kerosene lanterns, which is quite harmful.
Garib Das Gubda in front of his fruit stand lit by a Little Sun lamp. Photo: Karin Lerche
Garib Das Gubda sells fruit in Attara, where he lives with his wife and three children. Whenever we passed by Garib on the small street where we stayed, he would always be sitting cross-legged in his small shop surrounded by all his beautiful red apples and pomegranates. Even though the street was extremely busy and crowded, he would make eye contact, smile, fold his hands, and greet us with ‘Namaste.’
In Attara it becomes very dark after the sun goes down around 6:00 p.m. Only very few shops remain open, mainly those that have an electricity connection. Garib’s shop does not have electricity, so we gave him a Little Sun. When we passed his shop again some days after, we asked him if he had used the lamp. Garib spoke enthusiastically:
Now I can keep my shop open for as long as I want. I’ve got more costumers and more money for my family. Besides that, my family uses the solar lamp after I return from my shop at night. My children are using the lamp to study, and my wife is using it to finish housework. We don’t have any electricity connection in our home, so this little lamp has definitely improved things for us.
Little Sun lights up Miami
Artist Olafur Eliasson, Little Sun Director Felix Hallwachs, and friends stand in front of a Little Sun sales truck. Photo: Anastasia Loginova
Little Sun and sun-drenched Miami are, it seems, a perfect combination. Miami was illuminated by Little Suns last week during Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) from 5–8 December. The Fondation Beyeler presented Little Sun at ABMB, devoting its entire booth at the art fair to the solar lamp and global project. Little Suns were sold from a local food truck parked inside the booth, in a playful nod to Floridian street food culture.
Throughout the fair, a second truck traveled around to ABMB events selling Little Suns as well as drinks. Little Sun lamps became the must-have accessory at the ABMB, and people were lining up at the Fondation Beyeler booth and Little Sun trucks to purchase the convenient and portable solar lights.
Former Head of Art Basel and current Head of the Fondation Beyeler Sam Keller gets interviewed beside the Little Sun truck display at ABMB. Photo: Anastasia Loginova
At the Initiative of the Fondation Beyeler, an Artist Talk with Olafur Eliasson and Klaus Biesenbach (Director of MoMA PS1 and Chief Curator at Large of MoMA NY) was held from 3:00–4:00 p.m. on Thursday, 5 December as part of the Salon 2013 series at Art Basel Miami Beach. The duo also had an informal discussion about the Little Sun project earlier that day at YoungArts.
Olafur Eliasson and Klaus Biesenbach discuss the Little Sun project at YoungArts. Photo: Anastasia Loginova
To coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, YoungArts and MoMA PS1 presented the Little Sun project at the YoungArts Gallery. It was the inaugural project of the new space recently designed by Frank Gehry. A special Little Sun kiosk was installed which sold Little Suns, and 16 short films from the Little Sun Films series were shown.
A Little Sun truck on the streets of Miami. Photo: Anastasia Loginova
The presentation of Little Sun both at the art fair and on Miami’s city streets aimed to break down the boundaries between life and art and between interior and exterior spaces, giving local residents and visitors to Miami the chance to experience Little Sun and consider our shared natural resources.
Premiering as part of Olafur Eliasson: Little Sun (2012) at Tate Modern, Little Sun Films is a series of short films created by 18 young, internationally acclaimed filmmakers from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America in response to an invitation from Olafur Eliasson and producer Tine Fischer to create film material relating to his Little Sun solar-powered lamp. The films focus on local phenomena, detailed observations, atmospheres, aspirations, feelings, encounters, and social activities; they all relate in broad terms to life, light, and energy access.
It was an exciting week, and it was great to be able to introduce so many Miami fairgoers to the Little Sun project and the benefits of solar energy.
Little Sun connects schoolchildren in Monaco and Tanzania
A Tloma student and an ISM student meet in Tanzania. Photo: Laura Devere
Students at the International School of Monaco (ISM) recently embarked on a Giving Project involving Little Sun solar lamps. Through NGO the Asante Africa Foundation, ISM has established a relationship with Tloma Primary School in Karatu, Tanzania. Tloma Primary School is one of the top performing schools in Tanzania, despite being located on a remote, difficult-to-access road and having no electricity. Having a safe, reliable source of light – both in school and at home at night – plays a crucial role in students reaching their full academic potential. ISM knew that introducing the students at Tloma Primary to Little Sun solar light would be a great investment into their education.
ISM students make cards to send with Little Suns to Tloma Primary. Photo: Laura Devere
So the Giving Project began. To raise money to buy Little Suns, students at ISM aged 4–11 did extra work at home and created ‘chore charts’ to document their progress. As the end of the week when the chores were completed, their parents gave them between 2 and 5 euros, which the students then gave to the Giving Project.
A student at ISM learns about solar power. Photo: Laura Devere
The funds were used to buy Little Suns for some of the students and teachers at Tloma Primary School. ISM students also made cards and wrote personal messages to the Tanzanian students, which were delivered to the school with the lamps. Both the students and teachers at Tloma loved their Little Suns.
A boy receives his Little Sun lamp. Photo: Laura Devere
Students and teachers at Tloma Primary with their Little Suns. Photo: Laura Devere
Three Tloma students receive their Little Suns. Photo: Laura Devere
It was not only the students in Tanzania who benefitted from this project. The students in Monaco learned a great deal about solar energy, the Little Sun lamp, and how creative approaches can make a difference in the world. Jenny O’Fee, the Head of Primary for ISM, explains:
Our students were amazed by the possibilities that one Little Sun could give to children who do not have regular access to electricity. They loved the design and wanted to know where they could all get their own Little Suns! The students received information and saw a video about the Little Sun project, learning how the different ways in which we are creative can help solve real life problems.
This introduction to solar power in the form of Little Sun made an impact on ISM students, including 9-year-old Arman, who notes:
I think the Little Sun is very useful for people in different places. It saves batteries and electricity, as well as our environment!
Connecting different people around the world through sharing clean, solar light is what the Little Sun project is all about. Congratulations to all the students involved in the Giving Project.