LuminAID is excited to start a new series, Notes from the Field, dedicated to guest bloggers who have taken and distributed LuminAIDs in parts of the world where people lack stable access to electricity. The more than 8,000 LuminAID lights that have been donated and distributed in projects in over 15 countries would not have been possible without the partnerships with organizations and volunteers who have helped us to distribute LuminAID lights to those in need. Our first series will feature Alle Kamela, a peace corps volunteer in Madagascar. Alle first used LuminAID lights on her own travels and in her home in Madagascar. She then wrote to us about her project in Madagascar and how she thought LuminAID lights could be of great use in the community where she is working. We are excited to stay in touch with her as she distributes LuminAIDs to those in her village as part of our Give Light, Get Light program and to learn more about how LuminAID lights can play a role in improving people's lives on a daily basis in the village. Thanks again Alle, for helping to spread LuminAID's mission to provide access to clean and safe lighting to all!
Alle and the community she is serving in Madagascar
I live and work on the East Coast, where banana trees line river ways. It is humid and tropical, with plenty of fresh fruits and fish.
A native of Takoma Park, MD, just outside Washington, DC, I was raised in a diverse place, giving me an appreciation for all people. I realized the intrinsic beauty in discovering new ways of life at a young age, as I moved over 20 times in my childhood. The practice I gained adapting to new places and making new friends as a child has been key to my success integrating in my Peace Corps site, Ilaka Est.
In my first year of service, I held a community-wide World AIDs Day and Soccer Tournament, Malaria Day Festival, and ran Youth and Girls’ Clubs. Now I’m transitioning to a Nutrition Project, complete with household garden and healthy cooking demonstrations.
I speak a coastal dialect of Malagasy language when conducting Monthly Trainings with the local Doctor to improve Mother and Child Health services delivered to remote villages by Community Health Workers. The CHWs, all volunteers, provide education and consultations to families of children under 5, sell medicine, and administer Malaria tests. They live up to 20K away from the Health Clinic in town, so they serve as immediate responders. They help sick people 24 hours a day, in towns without electricity, so they use kerosene lamps. LuminAID’s donation will provide clean, renewable light to volunteers serving their own communities, which will positively impact the entire population, in a ripple effect.
You can read more about my work at www.pcmadagascar.wordpress.
Misaotra Betsaka, Thank You from everyone in Ilaka!