This past January, co-founder Andrea made a trip to Pennular Village outside of Chennai, India, where LuminAID hosted past Give Light, Get Light projects. In conjunction with a group of engineering students from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, we distributed LuminAID lights to primary school students.
We are honored to visit schools and projects on the ground. It is notable to see the challenges that students around the world face, such as power cuts which affect studying at night and make it difficult for young women to stay in school. We hope to mitigate such challenges through sustainable solar-powered lighting.
LuminAID was recently honored as one of the 2014 Mothers of Invention by Toyota USA Women in the World. We had an amazing experience at the summit in New York, and are so grateful and humbled to be named among the world's leading inventors and change-makers.
As we have seen ourselves since our trip to India, young women around the world face a lot of challenges. We see the importance of good lighting for safety, education, and general wellbeing, and strive to continue distributing lights to those in need!
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!
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.
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!