Converting to cleaner light sources not only improves children’s health, it benefits the planet. In the last almost 10 years, Little Sun helped families in rural Africa get rid of kerosene which reduced CO₂ emissions by 800,000 metric tons.
According to a study, kerosene has a substantial impact on climate change, emitting a disproportionate amount of black carbon. Just one kilogram of it produces as much heat in a month as 700 kilograms of carbon dioxide does over 100 years.
“There are no magic bullets that will solve all of our greenhouse gas problems, but replacing kerosene lamps is low-hanging fruit, and we don’t have many examples of that in the climate world,” says study co-author Kirk Smith, professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health and director of the Global Health and Environment Program.
Read how our solar lamps changed the lives of the siblings Nahome and Aida, and helped them study at night. You can support Little Sun here on WeShape, and if you want to contribute to our Power to Read campaign – which aims to raise $75,000 to bring solar lamps to 5,000 children in rural Africa so they can learn their lessons, stay in school, and break down barriers to opportunity – head to www.littlesun.org/powertoread
THIS IS WHAT YOUR DONATION CAN DO
With 2100 credits you can finance one solar lamp.
These allow children to study even after dark. And they do so without being exposed to toxic fumes from burning coal or wood.
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