Empowering youth to change the world with simple technology


Malawi Deployment

Colonet, Mexico Deployment

Colonet, Mexico was Lighting for Literacy's first deployment location in 2012.

Volunteers from Los Gatos Morning Rotary and Los Gatos United Methodist Church come together under the amazing leadership of Pete and Marna Taylor




Project Partners:

Los Gatos Morning Rotary

Pete Taylor, Los Gatos United Methodist Church Volunteers in Mission

Middle and high school students built the power boards during three workshops at the LGUMC in 2012, enabling co-founders Jesse Salem and Doug McNeil to refine procedures for the future launch of their middle school STEM curriculum.

Volunteers in Mission

Project Lead Pete Taylor

These amazing kids are involved in all parts of the process from building the kits to installing on site

LFL co-founder Jesse Salem with a student volunteer

The 18 solar panels installed thus far will provide 90,000 lumen hours per home of LED lighting for

Colonet youth living off-grid. The cumulative lumen hour youth benefit is 4.2 million hours over 5 years!


Let there be light and communication!

LFL Version 2.0 with USB connection

Presenting keys to a family's new home which has LFL lighting and phone charging systems

Sharing lunch with a new friend

Each year, LFL has impoved the solar units including increasing wattage output and adding a USB cell phone charger.


Ten amazing youth dedicate their spring break to serving others

This little girl now has a light at night and books to read before falling asleep

      Years ago I was at the home of a family we knew in Colonet.  While there I realized their teenage daughters were studying by candlelight.  I said to myself, 'I need to do something about this.'  When I found the LED strips we use, I knew we had the answer.

                                                                                                                                                 --Co-founder Jesse Salem

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