Yesterday, I came across this amazing story of an ex-Marine who has developed a solar flashlight. OK, so what is so special about that, you may say? Well, for starters, he offers them for sale as BOGO – that is, buy one, give one. For every solar flashlight you buy, he’ll donate one to needy families in Africa. The vast majority of people on that continent are off-grid. That is, they have no regular electric power. To make matters worse, some residents rely on dangerous gas generators, for which the fuel is often siphoned. As a result, explosions often occur, with devastating consequences.
In a land that is often bathed in sunlight, why not provide citizens with basic solar flashlights that can be charged during the day and provide hours of light when the sun goes down?
Just watch this video and you may also be inspired to support the solar flashlight industry:
The indestructible solar flashlights can last for 20 years, and are waterproof and glow-in-the-dark. Equally noteworthy is the fact that the AA batteries only need to be replaced once every 3 years.
From 2006-07, many of these lights were donated to the poorest villages in Africa by benefactors like Exxon Mobil who donated more than 10,000 flashlights to UN refugee camps and African charities. In addition, another 10,000 solar flashlights were provided through a sales program, and at least that many will be distributed by SunNight Solar.
Solar flashlights are a great investment for campers, emergency lights for your vehicle, or even to provide back-up lighting in the event of a power outtage. The cost is a minimal $39-49. Why not buy one now and donate an additional flashlight to needy people in Africa?
I’ve done it. Will you match my contribution?