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lives and livelihoods
Without basics like electricity, life is put on hold
In Rwanda’s refugee camps, a lack of access to safe, affordable energy means that people are unable to light their homes, run profitable businesses or feel safe after dark. It’s a situation that leaves people dependent on aid.
Emergency power services from humanitarian organisations may be sufficient for a few weeks, but long-term support for refugee communities is often overlooked.
The media focuses on the immediate problems of people fleeing conflict, but those people often have to live in camps for years, sometimes decades, after the cameras have left.
How long can we expect people to put their lives on hold for?
Clean energy turns a shelter into a home and a vision into a business
We’re working with refugees and host communities in some of Rwanda’s largest refugee camps. The potential that electricity can open up is enormous. Lighting, mobile phones, tools, and appliances enable camp residents to live and do business, moving from reliance on aid to economic independence.
The results have been transformative for camp residents like Chantal (pictured).
I feel safer in the camp after dark now that we have streetlights. I can keep my clothes stall at the market open later so my business is more profitable. We have a solar light system at home too and my children’s school grades have improved because they’re able to study in the evening.
Your gift will help take more lives off hold and build brighter futures.
We’re working with refugees and host communities in some of Rwanda’s largest refugee camps. With affordable solar-powered energy, people are able to power up their homes and businesses and take their lives off hold…
Accessibility and Health
Mugabo has a disability that makes it hard to get around camp.
Before streetlights were installed, I felt anxious walking to the toilets after dark and tried not to leave my home after nightfall. These days, Mugabo joins his friends for evening walks along the well-lit streets.
Jobs and Businesses
Before I had access to electricity, it took me a long time to cut someone’s hair, so I didn’t get many customers says Jimmy, a barber in a Rwandan refugee camp. Now that Jimmy has an electric shaver, he is busy all day and people no longer have to leave the camp to get a quick, high-quality haircut.
Education and Potential
Divine loves learning new things and is determined to do well in her education. But by the time she got home from school it was already too dark for her to do homework. With a solar light in her home, she now has more time to study.
My grades have improved and I’m more confident about my future.
Safety and Security
Jackline used to rush to get home before it got dark in camp.
I feared being assaulted or robbed if I was out alone at night. New streetlights mean that she now feels safe after dark. Her newfound security means she feels comfortable extending her shop’s opening hours, boosting her income.
I’m proud to be able to help people in my community get connected to power so they can move on with their lives.
Bienfait, Technician and refugee camp resident
Creating wealth from waste in Bangladesh
Manik collects household waste for a living. His life was on hold as he couldn’t earn enough to support his family and faced discrimination from a low job status.
We worked with him to improve his pay and working conditions. Now he has protective gloves and boots and is a member of a cooperative so he can get his voice heard by local authorities. His status in society has improved as a result and he is facing less discrimination.
Now Manik is moving forward with his life in safety and dignity.
Building futures beyond flooding in Peru
It’s impossible to move forward when you’re faced with the constant threat of a flood washing away everything you’ve worked for.
Our innovative early warning systems mean people like Roxana and Luzmar can protect their communities from the worst effects of floods. We’ve supported them to draw up action plans so that when floods hit, they can take steps to protect their families and businesses.
Their newfound peace of mind means that Roxana and Luzmar have been able to take their lives off hold.
For every £1 we receive in donations, just 9 pence is spent on fundraising. The remaining 91% is spent on charitable activities around the world.
(2021/22 audited accounts, produced to Charity Commission norms).
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