Just like flicking on a light switch illuminates a room, electrification for the 1.3 billion people living in darkness creates new opportunities for education.
In a high Andean village in Peru, children gather around kerosene lamps to study for school. Not only is reading by a flickering flame very difficult, but it also means students spend hours inhaling toxic fumes. This reality for many households in the developing world creates massive barriers to achieving a better life for millions around the globe.
By installing solid state lighting systems in remote areas, LUTW is working to improve access to education.
Consider this, the LED lights we use emit thirty times the light that a candle does while consuming less than 5 Watts of energy. With the installation of a solar system, students in these villages are able to study well into the evening, without assuming the various health risks that kerosene and candles create. Electric light greatly improves education and literacy and education leads to people centered development – a knowledgeable population that can work towards addressing the needs of their community.
The UN has identified universal primary education as a Millennium Development Goal, and a giant stepping-stone in the fight to eradicate poverty. By providing sustainable energy solutions, LUTW is helping communities all over the world maximize their potential and achieve a better life. As one user of a solar system in Sri Lanka stated, “the doctor told me not to let my son study at night, because the smoke from the kerosene would make his asthma worse. Now that we have LEDs he can study at night”.