With the help of Tom Hanks and other donations 10,000 orphaned households in Rwanda will be receiving Lifelights, a lantern that is powered with renewable energy.
Instead of lighting homes with dangerous kerosine lanterns the Freeplay Foundation is planning to distribute the Lifelights lantern to 10,000 homes. The homes of orphans have been targeted by the non-profit group.
The lanterns are designed to help the poorest 90 percent of the world’s population. They are charged by solar power and a wind-up technology designed by Freeplay Energy. The light that is emitted by the lanterns is comparable to what the more dangerous kerosene lamps give off.
“Westerners take for granted having a day as long as we want,” says Miclelle Riley, Freeplay Foundation’s director of external affairs. “Millions of people in developing countries don’t have the ability to extend their day to do income-producing things like beading or sewing.”
The lamps last for thousands of hours. Compared to fluorescent lighting these models are non-toxic. As it is now, thousands of children in the poor nation of Rwanda die believing that the kerosene that is fueling their home is actually water.
Some of the funding for this project has come from US Ambassador, Tom Hanks. The project will cost about $295,000 to provide 10,000 lifelights. Each lamp costs about $30. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause the donation page is here.