Join this grassroot environmental project aimed to raise awareness about solar health initiatives which can benefit vulnerable communities and individuals living in extreme energy poverty. The program is focused on helping existing social service organizations to improve their health, wellness, educational, economic, and environmental outcomes (schools, health centers, rural communities) by using solar lanterns.
Why light? Because light powers our lives. The gift of a portable solar light to a family living in poverty and darkness means a brighter tomorrow. Solar light outreach and education programs are focused on vulnerable communities including at-risk mothers, orphans, children and adults with disabilities, community elders, and students.
The project’s objectives are:
- To promote solar lantern usage among communities in the very remote areas where conventional hydro-electric power supply is inaccessible
- To support HIV/AIDS widows to set up and sustainably operate income generating businesses using the large solar lanterns which have cell phone charging capacity
- To generate sustainable income for the organization through procurement and sale of solar lanterns to needy customers at subsidized prices
In Uganda, especially in villages, the primary lighting input in these off-grid communities is kerosene, which is expensive and responsible for high rates of childhood burns, poisonings, respiratory infections, and headaches. Worse, kerosene lighting is a contributor to house fires and global climate change.
Volunteers will be part of the distribution of solar lamps as well as:
- Solar outreach and education - The goal is to promote great opportunities for those in need. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Visits to local schools, orphanages, to promote solar light usage and distribution of lanterns.
- Solar lights for off-grid families - Combating energy poverty is something taken seriously, and the local team works each and every day to make a positive impact.
- Solar health centers - donating solar systems to rural off-grid health centers.
- Project length: From 1 week to 12 weeks
- Arrival Airport: Entebbe (Code: EBB)
- Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 6-8 hours per day
- Requirements: Tourist Visa. Expect rural living conditions
- Age Limits: Minimum 17yrs or older for solo travelers.
- Minimum Age: 12 to 16 yrs if traveling with parents.
- Airlines: KLM, Delta, Emirates, British Air, Qatar and United
- Vaccinations: Yellow Fever, Malaria, Hep A, typhoid wwwnc.cdc.gov
- Program starts and ends in Bulenga
- Airport meet and greet in Entebbe. Afternoon city tour and orientation
- Monday to Friday volunteering. 35-40 hours per week
- Weekends free to sightseeing
- Support: Local ABV Director support 24/7 during placement
- Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer
- Flights to Uganda. Entry Visa. Vaccinations. Local Transportation. Travel & Health Insurance. Laundry and Internet