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UAE’s 10,000 so­lar lanterns to light up thou­sands of homes

Zayed Sus­tain­abil­ity Prize cam­paign to help off-grid com­mu­ni­ties in five coun­tries

- BY BINSAL AB­DUL KADER Se­nior Re­porter

Ten thou­sand so­lar lanterns do­nated by the UAE will brighten homes in re­mote vil­lages in five coun­tries, trans­form­ing the lives of thou­sands.

The ini­tia­tive is part of the ‘Guid­ing Light’ cam­paign to pro­vide so­lar lights to off-grid com­mu­ni­ties across the world, and launched by the Zayed Sus­tain­abil­ity Prize, the UAE’s global award for recog­nis­ing in­no­va­tive sus­tain­able so­lu­tions.

Over the last decade, the prize has been in­stru­men­tal in pos­i­tively im­pact­ing the lives of over 307 mil­lion peo­ple around the world through its 66 win­ners.

The cam­paign will trans­form lives around the world by al­low­ing peo­ple to en­gage in pro­duc­tive ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter sun­set, oth­er­wise im­pos­si­ble with­out ar­ti­fi­cial light­ing, or­gan­is­ers of the prize told Gulf News yes­ter­day.

“These in­clude im­prov­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to study af­ter dark and pro­vid­ing home en­vi­ron­ments that are safer and health­ier with pol­lu­tant-free light,” they said.

The first phase of the cam­paign was launched in Bahrain yes­ter­day evening in part­ner­ship with Bahrain Bayan School, a 2018 Global High Schools (GHS) cat­e­gory win­ner of the prize. Fol­low­ing the event, 2,000 so­lar lanterns will be shipped to In­done­sia and dis­trib­uted among

com­mu­ni­ties that have been af­fected by the re­cent earth­quake and tsunami.

Kopernik, a 2016 prize win­ner, will un­der­take the distri­bu­tion in In­done­sia, where they will ben­e­fit more than 1,179 house­holds and 5,112 peo­ple in the vil­lages of Tompe, in Dong­gala, and Jono Oge in Sigi.

Like­wise, sim­i­lar events will take place in Bo­livia, Kenya and Bangladesh in co­op­er­a­tion with the prize win­ners in those coun­tries, who will dis­trib­ute the lanterns.

The cam­paign will con­clude with an event in Abu

Dhabi on Jan­uary 9, 2019. The lanterns from this event will also be dis­trib­uted. De­tails will be an­nounced later.

Dr Lamya Fawwaz, di­rec­tor of the Zayed Sus­tain­abil­ity Prize, said: “The cam­paign re­flects Shaikh Zayed’s hu­man­i­tar­ian vi­sion ... By part­ner­ing with our grow­ing net­work of prize win­ners, who will pro­vide not only light to homes and med­i­cal clin­ics in ru­ral ar­eas, but safety and greater op­por­tu­ni­ties that come with it, the cam­paign pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to raise the pro­file of our prize win­ners.”

 ??  ?? Stu­dents and staff of Bahrain Bayan School launch the first phase of the ‘Guid­ing Light’ cam­paign in Bahrain yes­ter­day. The school won the Zayed Sus­tain­abil­ity Prize this year.
Stu­dents and staff of Bahrain Bayan School launch the first phase of the ‘Guid­ing Light’ cam­paign in Bahrain yes­ter­day. The school won the Zayed Sus­tain­abil­ity Prize this year.
 ??  ?? Fol­low­ing the event, 2,000 so­lar lanterns will be shipped to In­done­sia and dis­trib­uted among com­mu­ni­ties that have been af­fected by the re­cent earth­quake and tsunami.
Fol­low­ing the event, 2,000 so­lar lanterns will be shipped to In­done­sia and dis­trib­uted among com­mu­ni­ties that have been af­fected by the re­cent earth­quake and tsunami.

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