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Notes from the Field: LuminAID Lights Up Gulu Primary School in Uganda

Notes from the Field: LuminAID Lights Up Gulu Primary School in Uganda

September 22, 2016

Cheyanne, a librarian at Gulu Primary School, shares their story of distributing lights to teachers and students in Uganda. The impact the lights had for the teachers and students is immeasurable! Thank you, Cheyanne for sharing your story and your wonderful photos from distributing the lights!

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LuminAID Announces Partnership with American Foundation for Children with AIDS

LuminAID Announces Partnership with American Foundation for Children with AIDS

September 21, 2016

Recognizing the need for versatile aid to help families living with AIDS in developing countries, LuminAID is proud to announce a partnership with American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA). The solar start-up will be showcasing the work of AFCA supporting children and families with AIDS in Africa. In addition, LuminAID will be focusing the effort of their Give Light Get Light program on donating lights to AFCA’s work in Kenya, Uganda, and Nepal.

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Karam Foundation Delivers LuminAID Lights and Smart Aid to Displaced Syrians

Karam Foundation Delivers LuminAID Lights and Smart Aid to Displaced Syrians

September 08, 2016

As of January 2016, more than 3 million Syrian children were internally displaced. They need the basics. For Syrian families, aid is not always accessible and rarely sufficient. Even when food and water are provided, other essential needs are left unmet. This is where the Karam Foundation comes in. Their Smart Aid initiative focuses on responding to the local population’s needs by asking one simple question: "What do you need?" Their answer: Light!

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Our Favorite End-of-Summer Grilling Recipes for a Backyard or Backwoods Cookout

Our Favorite End-of-Summer Grilling Recipes for a Backyard or Backwoods Cookout

August 23, 2016

As we head into the last days of summer, it’s time to fire up the grill and take advantage of the warm summer nights while you still can. With sunset coming sooner, just keep a few LuminAID lights on hand to illuminate your grill and dinner table after dark.

LuminAID Sales and Operations Manager Daphna made learning to grill her summer project this year, and she shares some of her favorite grilling recipes and guides here.

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All life is yoga ~ Sri Aurobindo: One woman’s inspiring journey to find herself and help others

All life is yoga ~ Sri Aurobindo: One woman’s inspiring journey to find herself and help others

August 16, 2016

Jayne Cagle is one of our favorite people - a lover of life and LuminAID. She is a professional yoga instructor, and uses yoga along with paddleboarding to create a truly unique experience for her clients. We wanted to highlight her story, as she really is an inspiring woman!

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3 Emergency Camping Scenarios + Solutions

3 Emergency Camping Scenarios + Solutions

August 12, 2016

Emergencies come at unexpected times. That’s part of what makes them emergencies: you don’t see them coming.

But even if you can’t predict a lightning storm or flash flood coming in, you can prepare yourself against it.

We put our heads together with our partners at The Dyrt to give you these three scenarios you should be aware of, and tips for how to prepare so you and your family stay safe.

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Notes from the Field: Peace Corp Volunteer Takes on Malaria Prevention in Madagascar

Notes from the Field: Peace Corp Volunteer Takes on Malaria Prevention in Madagascar

August 04, 2016

Tyler Bradford, a Peace Corp Volunteer, gave light to communities in rural Madagascar, while helping with malaria prevention strategies there.

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One Step to a Brighter Future: LuminAID Partners with Kids N Culture

One Step to a Brighter Future: LuminAID Partners with Kids N Culture

August 03, 2016

Kids N Culture is a company that aims to create a generation of culturally aware and globally active youth through a rigorous curriculum and unique travel experiences. The 2016 class recently returned from a trip to Tanzania where they focused on learning about African culture and history, and spent time rebuilding a local primary school. As part of their service work, the students worked in a school to remodel a building of run-down classrooms for the Tanzanian students and teachers. In addition to cleaning, rebuilding, and painting these rooms, the students were able to provide the staff with 12 donated LuminAID lights.

Read more to learn about Kids N Culture, and hear one student’s first-hand account.

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Give A Light Africa Brings Light To Students

Give A Light Africa Brings Light To Students

August 02, 2016

Our partner at Focus Africa provided LuminAID lights to residents of the Masai Mara game park, changing the lives of many of the residents!

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Notes from the Field: Step of Faith Ministry’s Successful Trip to Haiti

Notes from the Field: Step of Faith Ministry’s Successful Trip to Haiti

August 01, 2016

Pam Hess, a volunteer from Step of Faith Ministry, recently completed her second trip to distribute lights in Haiti! She worked with other volunteers in the remote areas of Laca’jue, a village with no electricity. Keep reading to see her testimonials and some amazing pictures from the trip!

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Notes from the Field: John and Alison Bront Light Up Galmi, Niger

Notes from the Field: John and Alison Bront Light Up Galmi, Niger

July 29, 2016

John and Alison Bront spent 8 months in Galmi, supporting work at Galmi hospital, a well-known and respected institution in Niger. During their stay, they were also able to distribute many lights to those in need! Read their story here.

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Notes from the Field: Distributing Lights to Children with AIDS in Kenya

Notes from the Field: Distributing Lights to Children with AIDS in Kenya

July 26, 2016

Earlier this year, we donated lights to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. The organization has been working with children infected and affected by AIDS and their guardians since 2005, as well as with hospitals and clinics who care for these young ones. Read more about how donated lights illuminated lives in Kenya.

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5 Things NOAA Suggests For Your Hurricane Emergency Kit Plus 1 They Forgot

5 Things NOAA Suggests For Your Hurricane Emergency Kit Plus 1 They Forgot

July 25, 2016

Hurricanes throw an incredible amount of energy at us. With extreme winds and massive amounts of water, they can quickly put you and your family in an emergency situation. That’s why it’s so important for you to have an emergency kit you can count on in the worst of emergencies.

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Notes From the Field: Himalayan Stove Project

Notes From the Field: Himalayan Stove Project

July 21, 2016

Last November, LuminAID partnered with the Himalayan Stove Project, a US Based humanitarian and philanthropic program, to help them distribute lights in Nepal after the earthquake. This is their story.

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Winning Tom’s Shoes Contest

Winning Tom’s Shoes Contest

July 11, 2016

In May, LuminAID traveled to Las Vegas for Tom Shoes’ Pitch for Good Competition, along with six other finalists. The competition focused on startups who share a vision of a better tomorrow. LuminAID impressed the judges with their mission and social impact, and ultimately won first place!

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Best of our June Campground Review Contest

Best of our June Campground Review Contest

July 05, 2016

This June we partnered with The Dyrt to make the experience of finding a campground better. To improve the camping experience, we gave away $50 gift cards to the top 10 campsite reviewers in Florida. With June behind us, we want to highlight some of our favorite reviews from our contest. At the same time, we want to remind you: we have three more contests this summer.

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Aid through Adventure by Champions for Change

Aid through Adventure by Champions for Change

June 30, 2016

Down rough roads and over mountains, they traveled long miles to reach thousands of Nepalese families in need. Adventurers for Change knew they had the power and passion for change. This week, LuminAID is proud to congratulate the Adventurers for Change team for reaching the epicenter of last year’s quake and distributing much needed energy aid to so many families along the way!

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: The Trip of a Lifetime to Nepal

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: The Trip of a Lifetime to Nepal

June 15, 2016

The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Kristen Ragazzo, an elementary school teacher who's lifelong dream has been to travel to Nepal. After last year's devastating earthquake, Kristen and her husband coordinated a trip to distribute LuminAID lights to communities that are still in need and shares the impact of the lights below: 

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Welcome to the Team, Emil!

Welcome to the Team, Emil!

May 03, 2016

We’re excited to announce that experienced sales executive Emil Heidkamp has joined the LuminAID Team! With wide-ranging experience in consumer products sales from startups to Fortune 500s, Emil is excited to bring his expertise to a small business perspective. With Emil as a part of the LuminAID Team, we’re looking forward to expanding our impact in retail and beyond.

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How to Pitch to Investors: LuminAID’s Interview with Shopify

How to Pitch to Investors: LuminAID’s Interview with Shopify

April 01, 2016

You can learn a lot about crafting a compelling pitch from watching entrepreneurs put their ideas to the test on shows like Shark Tank. Most of them get shot down. Then there's incredible cases like Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, who managed to win over all 5 Sharks on Shark Tank. Listen to the full interview with Shopify here to learn how they did it!

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Our Experience During the 2011 Japan Earthquake

Our Experience During the 2011 Japan Earthquake

March 16, 2016

On March 11, 2011, the country of Japan experienced one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. By total coincidence, Anna and Andrea were on a school trip in Tokyo at the time. By the end of the trip, the were inspired to further develop what would become the LuminAID.

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LuminAID's Year in Review

LuminAID's Year in Review

February 22, 2016

One year ago, co-founders Anna and Andrea walked into the Shark Tank and introduced LuminAID to the world. It’s hard to believe how much we’ve grown in the last year. None of this could have happened without the incredible energy of our supporters. We want to share with you everything that your support has empowered us to accomplish!

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Notes from the Field: Distributing Lights to Mayan Women in Guatemala

Notes from the Field: Distributing Lights to Mayan Women in Guatemala

February 20, 2016

In January, we partnered with the organization, Finding Freedom Through Friendship, to distribute lights to Mayan women in Guatemala. Jody Greenlee, Executive Director, and LynnAnn Murphy, a volunteer, tell their story of how the lights changed lives in Guatemala.

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Notes from the Field: Co-founder edition

Notes from the Field: Co-founder edition

January 03, 2016

When Anna and Andrea were attaching batteries and solar panels together to make the first solar inflatable lanterns in their kitchen, the two graduate students knew little about how far their lights would go. 5 years later, the little idea of the LuminAID light found its way to Malawi in southeast Africa, to help families whose houses has been destroyed by extreme flooding. Anna and Andrea had the opportunity to help out, and see the impact of LuminAID lights in person -- for the first time.

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