WakaWaka Light distribution in Dadaab

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

WakaWaka Light distribution in Dadaab


Technology field of reference: Lighting

Relevant sectors: Early Recovery & Livelihoods, Shelter

Population type: Refugee

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

WakaWaka Lights were provided to Fafi Integrated Develpment Association (FaIDA) who in turn tested the lights at a refugee camp operated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The objective of the project was to test the acceptability and suitability of WakaWaka solar lamps in the camp. 100% of respondents used the WakaWaka solar lamps. They were used on average 9 hours per day, and respondents recommended the lamps to their friends.Half of them considered it 'the greatest gift received in the camp'. Only 16% reported problems with the lamps. According to the FaIDAreport, 'The solar lamps were handy in the refugee camp in enabling beneficiaries in lighting their tents. Also 95% would like more solar lamps distributed so that they are able to light their tents at night and get the benefit from the lighting.’ The WakaWaka team is thrilled with these test results and will deploy more WakaWaka Lights in refugee regions such as Dabaab. The testing was challenging due to the high demand for the solar lamps. It was difficult to make the refugees understand that the lamps were just samples for testing. As a result, some individuals felt that they had been discriminated against by FaIDA as an agency implementing the project. The project location was in Dadaab Camp ID 52 in Garissa District, Kenya.

Technology or Technologies used

WakaWaka Light


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2013

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

144 vulnerable refugees in Kambi Oos including widows, widowers, disabled and child headed households.

Cost of energy technology and/or fuel


Names of implementing partners

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Fafi Integrated Development Association (FaIDA)

Funding sources