For the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mandela Day actions, no matter how big or small, should consistently focus on the realisation or restoration of dignity and empowerment through contributions. For the Foundation, the following focus areas have particular significance:
Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly. The message behind Mandela Day is simple – everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better.
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela
For POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018 we will once again be working with SolarAid and will be making a donation to the charity during our Opening Keynote Session on 17th July. We would also like to encourage others to make a donation online or at the event at designated donation areas by our Registration Desks.
Photo Credit: Patrick Bentley/ SolarAid
SolarAid is an international development charity working to overcome poverty and climate change by providing access to clean, safe, and affordable solar lights. SolarAid uses enterprise and innovation to light up Africa and eradicate the kerosene lamp.
600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity, and instead rely on dangerous and dirty alternatives such as the kerosene lamp. Kerosene is expensive, it pollutes and it kills. With a solar light, everything changes
By going to the hardest to reach communities in Africa, SolarAid are reaching those who need it with affordable solar. Paralleling the boom of the mobile phone in Africa, their ‘trade-not-aid’ model is creating a sustainable solar market for all.
SolarAid continues to find ways to drive demand by creating brand awareness, community engagement and media attention. They run promotions and find ways to market new products cost effectively in order to make solar more affordable and meet customers’ increasing demand for bigger and better products, so the market continues to thrive.
Each £4 donated to SolarAid enables us to distribute one more solar light to a rural African family. $2,000 (the amount donated by PennWell in 2017) = £1,496 and this would get 374 more solar lights into the hands of families and your impact will be:
- 1,627 people reached with solar light
- £59,570 saved by families, from no longer having to buy kerosene or batteries
- 376,135 extra hours of study time created for children
- 397 tonnes of CO2 emissions averted
- 790 people experiencing better health
With a solar light, families tell Solar Aid they save money from reduced spending on lighting alternatives. Solar light users tell Solar Aid they spend their savings on food, school costs, and investment in livelihoods – starting a virtuous cycle of development and progress.
Families tell Solar Aid that solar lights are predominantly used by children to do their homework after dark. When children do well at school, they are likely to stay there longer and gain a higher level of education benefiting themselves, their families and their communities.
The solar light bought by Solar Aid results in the elimination of the regular use of one kerosene lamp and this means there is less indoor air pollution. Families notice an improvement in health which links back to income, education and well-being, enabling people to be more productive, miss fewer hours of work or school, and be happier!
If your home felt safer and brighter, your children were studying more after school, and you had more income, you would probably feel a little happier about today and the future. Well, that’s one of the things that Solar Aid's solar light customers tell them – thanks to the reliable solar lights they have a better quality of life.