LTBLI’s 2018 Annual Appeal Letter
It’s been a great year at Let There Be Light International! We’ve solar-electrified health clinics, donated solar lights to off-grid families, advocated for meeting the basic needs of the poor, and participated in global climate conferences. But we need your help!
Our goal this holiday season is to replace 1,500 dirty and dangerous kerosene lights with safe, renewable solar lights and to solar-electrify 4 rural health clinics.
$3,500 provides a solar system to a health clinic
$2,500 donates light to an entire school
$150 lights 10 homes
$75 provides lights to 5 students
$50 supplies solar lights to 3 families
$15 gives light to a family
Since 2014, Let There Be Light International (LTBLI) has donated solar lights to 8,350 impoverished families in Uganda and Malawi, impacting 45,000 people. Beneficiaries are identified by local partners as living in extreme poverty and in one of our M.O.D.E.S. (Mother, Orphan, Living with a Disability, Elder, Student). We also have installed solar systems on 25 prioritized Ugandan health clinics, improving healthcare for 440,000 people! Examination and maternity wards now are well lit. Staff turnover is down. Hours of operation have increased 40%, and attended births are up 150%.
Last month when I was in Uganda, I saw firsthand the impact of solar lights on the health and safety of off-grid communities. Here’s what a young mother told me:
“One time our mosquito net caught fire from the kerosene lamp and Gloria, (pictured below) was almost burned. Now we can put the solar light inside the bednet and she does her homework with no danger! We use it every day. Thank you!”
In fact, flammable bednets are a significant fire risk in many off-grid communities. In 2018, LTBLI brought this overlooked issue to the attention of the World Health Organization and other groups working on malaria prevention. Visit our website to read more about LTBLI’s projects and global partners.
Join us today to help to spread light and hope around the world this holiday season. Make a secure online donation at: LetThereBeLightInternational.org/donate. Send a check to LTBLI: 640 Ellicott Street, #12, Buffalo, NY 14203. (EIN #47-1543177). Solar Donation Certificates are available to give as gifts. Contact us for more information.
Solar lights really do change lives and brighten our shared future!
Thank you and SHINE ON!
Sarah Baird, Executive Director