I have just come across a thought-provoking set of photographs from Save the Children supporting their campaign on child poverty in the UK. You can find them at http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/what-poverty-means . They are all pictures of children living in east London and each child was asked to write down what poverty means to them.
The picture that stood out for me was of Amira, aged 8. Amira lists the things she wouldn’t have if she didn’t have electricity and she comments;
”I feel lucky that we have enough money to pay for electricity because we can enjoy stuff more than when we don’t.”
There are issues with access to energy in all countries of the world, and many of the solutions Practical Action are calling to help the 1.4 billion with no access to energy would translate to those living in energy poverty in the UK.
It struck me how similar Amira’s words are to the words we hear from Practical Action projects across the globe, and how many people living in poverty are so grateful to get basic access to energy.
For example, Mamdhur from Nepal
“Now we have electric lighting, we are very much relieved. We have more time to spend with our children and families, and no longer breathe in the smoke from the kerosene lamp that used to hurt our lungs. It was my dream to have lighting facilities in my village. The dark has turned to light.”
Practical Action can show in many of our projects that, wherever you live:
- Energy enables people to work their way out of poverty.
- Energy provides better access to education and other basic services.
- Energy improves health and wellbeing, especially for women and children.
Please Make Your Point that energy is vital for poverty reduction because it gives people the power to improve their lives at http://practicalaction.org/energyforall