Solar Aid Syria

Location: Syria

Solar Aid is an international charity  founded by Jeremy Leggett in 2006 with over 10 years’ experience of working to deliver solar lighting to the developing world. They provide access to solar lights in Uganda, Malawi, and Zambia to help catalyse solar markets and eradicate the kerosene lamp.

Most schools in Syria are now built underground for fears of shelling and bombardment. As a result, children are unable to study in the hours of darkness and, where used, kerosene-powered lamps cause air pollution which presents a serious health hazard. NextEnergy Foundation made a donation to fund 1,140 SM100 solar lights for school children in Syria. These lights were shipped directly to Syria Relief, a charity established in 2011 in response to the beginning of the Syrian crisis, and they covered the costs of shipping the lights to Syria and distributing them. Syria Relief has provided NextEnergy Foundation with photos of how the solar lights benefited families and communities in Syria.