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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thank you!  The response to our Give Light Nepal campaign was overwhelming, and we far exceeded our donation goal.  Thanks to your support, we were able to partner with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to distribute 1000 solar lights to women and girls in need following the earthquakes in Nepal.  Through their 'Female Friendly Spaces' program, UNFPA Nepal has provided needed LuminAID lights to women and children left vulnerable after the earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year.
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The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Renee St. Jacques, a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. Renee recently coordinated the distribution of lights in her village, and shares how LuminAID lanterns have helped provide light for families who cannot afford electricity, and encouraged educational prospects for children in the village.
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