With this goal in mind, the Kickstarter for the PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger included several humanitarian packages for backers to show their support for refugees. LuminAID also announced in the midst of the campaign that they would donate 1,000 solar lights to families in need if the Kickstarter reached $200,000--a goal which was easily met.
As news of the devastation in Haiti becomes apparent in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, LuminAID and our charitable partners are working to help those affected by the storm who are in need of safe, sustainable lighting. This is especially meaningful for us, as it gives us another chance to give back to the people of Haiti, our original inspiration.
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!
Our partner at Focus Africa provided LuminAID lights to residents of the Masai Mara game park, changing the lives of many of the residents!
Everyone’s getting the bright idea: hikers in Yosemite, backpackers in Whistler, and emergency workers in Nepal alike use LuminAID to light their way. Even the reality investment show ABC’s Shark Tank found the LuminAID vision irresistible, and invited Anna and Andrea on the show for a chance to premiere their product on primetime.
UK-based charity ShelterBox is always on the lookout for products that will help in the world’s disaster zones. Ingenious ‘luminAID’ provides lighting and security where power lines are down – and it also provided a light bulb moment on the US version of Dragon’s Den.