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.
The latest installment in our Notes from the Field series comes from Ian Gorecki, who a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar. Ian recently coordinated the distribution of LuminAID lights to artisans in the Androy region of Madagascar, and shares the impact the lights have had on this community. In an area with limited resources and infrastructure, LuminAID lights have brightened prospects for the women of Tsimankiarake, Madagascar.
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.
Thank you to all of our Give Light, Get Light supporters! We have been amazed by the outpouring of support that we received after the Nepal Earthquake in April. Your contributions have helped LuminAID distribute over 1,000 lights to earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, with many more on the way.
The Kathmandu Post reported that up to 70% of houses in rural areas have been destroyed close to the epicentre in Gorkha. We're working with our partner organizations on the ground to distribute LuminAID lights to those homeless and without electricity.
Paths have been lit for 140 children at our partner orphanage in Uganda. For the kids in Uganda, after dark, can be impossible to spend anytime reading or studying outside or in their rooms. These lights will allow and encourage nighttime study.