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Solar lantern training and distribution in Kiziba refugee camp, Rwanda

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

Solar lantern training and distribution in Kiziba refugee camp, Rwanda

Categories

Technology field of reference: Lighting

Relevant sectors: Protection, Education, Early Recovery & Livelihoods

Population type: Refugee

Category of funders: Not Available


Project Description

Great Lakes Energy worked with UNHCR to provide Greenlight Planet Sun King Pro solar lanterns in exchange for refugees planting trees in Kiziba refugee camp, on the border of DRC and Rwanda. More than 3,700 households were provided with a solar lantern. The primary objective was to improve the safety and security of women walking in the camp after dark. The secondary objective was to improve the economics of the households. Families were selling food rations to buy kerosene and candes prior to this project, and the solar lanterns were intended to reduce this expenditure. The lamps have made women feel safer when going to the public latrines at night, and student academic performance has improved. The project distributed lanterns according to the number of households. However, some households lived in two shelters due to family size. The lesson learned is that the lanterns should have been distributed according to the number of shelters, not the number of households. THe project took place in Kiziba Camp ID 65 in Karongi, Rwanda.

Technology or Technologies used

Greenlight Planet Sun King Pro Solar Lantern

Location

Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2014 to 01/01/2014

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

3700 refugee households in Kiziba camp

Cost of energy technology and/or fuel

50

Names of implementing partners

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Global Brightlight Foundation, Great Lakes Energy, Ltd

Funding sources

N/A