SolarBuddy is an Australian charity uniting a global community with a big dream to gift six million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030, to help them study after dusk and improve their education outcomes.
In 2019, AMPLA made the decision to support SolarBuddy on an ongoing basis, in lieu of speaker gifts at each of their events. AMPLA and their speakers are proud to have the opportunity to make such donations and align themselves with an organisation that is changing the lives of people all over the world.
About Energy Poverty:
Each night, more than 800 million people are plunged into complete darkness since they do not have equal access to clean energy. They depend on primitive forms of energy like charcoal and firewood to ignite their way through the night. These forms of energy have a devastating impact on the health and wellbeing, economic stability, educational outcomes and the environment they live in.
In 2011, inventor and social impact entrepreneur Simon Doble read an article in Time magazine that opened his eyes to the harsh reality of the billions of people who live without safe and reliable lighting. A humanitarian at heart Simon felt inspired to use his skills to create a solution that would improve their lives.
The result was a renewable energy-powered light that became a solution in refugee camps across the world. But through finding one solution, he soon realised the enormity of energy poverty, and set about raising global awareness and designing solar light solutions for the most at risk communities. And in May 2016, SolarBuddy was launched.
SolarBuddy’s goal is to unite a global community to gift 6 million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030, to help them to study after dusk and improve their education outcomes.
Through engagement in their programs they inspire our community to learn how innovative design solutions can help create a more sustainable world for all people and our planet, and demonstrate how their gift of lights can transform lives.
How We’re Helping:
At the 2019 AMPLA Annual Conference, 50 of SolarBuddy’s lights were purchased on behalf of speakers. Delegates at the Conference Dinner were then given the opportunity to build the lights themselves and attach a personal letter to the recipient. These were then returned to SolarBuddy and distributed shortly after to those in need.
SolarBuddy is pleased to be appointed as AMPLA’s Charity of choice. Together, we will illuminate more futures of children living in energy poverty through our gift of lights. To see the impact of our gift and be amazed by how far our generosity will stretch, we invite you to check out the impact calculator.