LIGHTING FOR LITERACY
Empowering youth to change the world with simple technology
THE PROBLEM -- 1.5 BILLION PEOPLE IN THE DARK
One-third of their pay goes to kerosene and candles
When the sun sets, opportunities for literacy are diminished
Solar-powered microgrids can bring light to the world's poorest
Our youth can build simple technology to help light the world
Empowering our youth to create a world of global change
Who We Are
Through the exploration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), students learn how to build sustainable, renewable lighting systems capable of providing 3-4 hours of evening light to homes without electricity.
Lighting for Literacy's goal is to engage local youth in building and improving the units that will be installed throughout the world.
1.5 billion people (20% of the world's population!) have no light after the sun sets.
One-third of their pay goes toward kerosene or candles. Kerosene in particular releases toxic particulates into their homes and creates a fire hazard.
Opportunities for learning and literacy are lost when the sun sets.
Collaborative partnerships demonstrate how practical science (STEM) can benefit communities.
Middle and high school STEM curriculum developed teaching students what simple, renewable technology can do to improve the living conditions for others.
By creating solutions in underserved communities, our youth experience "Service Above Self."
Enabling our youth to create a technology that provides opportunities for literacy and education is really the KEY to the future.
--Co-founders Doug McNeil & Jesse Salem