Zayed prize to light up off-grid com­mu­ni­ties across the globe

Khaleej Times - - NATION -

The Guid­ing Light cam­paign re­flects the ZSP’s ded­i­ca­tion to de­liv­er­ing solutions to the world’s most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties.” Dr Lamya Fawwaz, di­rec­tor, Zayed Sus­tain­abil­ity Prize

abu dhabi — The Zayed Sus­tain­abil­ity Prize (ZSP), the UAE’s pi­o­neer­ing global award for in­no­va­tive solutions, has launched a new cam­paign that will bring so­lar lanterns to off-grid com­mu­ni­ties around the world.

Called ‘Guid­ing Light’, the month-long cam­paign would run across five coun­tries start­ing with Bahrain, where a 20m-by20m in­stal­la­tion of 2,000 so­lar lanterns was re­cently lit up, re­veal­ing the ZSP logo.

Sim­i­lar light-up events will be held in the other coun­tries — Bo­livia, Bangladesh, Kenya and the UAE — and af­ter each one, so­lar lanterns will be do­nated to var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties world­wide.

Fol­low­ing the launch of the cam­paign in Bahrain, 2,000 so­lar lanterns are set to be shipped to In­done­sian com­mu­ni­ties that have been af­fected by the re­cent earth­quake and tsunami.

The event was held in part­ner­ship with Bahrain Bayan School, a 2018 Global High Schools (GHS) cat­e­gory win­ner, while the dis­tri­bu­tion would be led by Kopernik, a 2016 ZSP win­ner. More than 1,179 In­done­sian house­holds and 5,112 peo­ple will be ben­e­fit­ting from the first leg of the cam­paign.

“The Guid­ing Light cam­paign re­flects the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan’s hu­man­i­tar­ian vi­sion and the ZSP’s ded­i­ca­tion to de­liv­er­ing tan­gi­ble solutions to some of the world’s most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties,” said Dr Lamya Fawwaz, di­rec­tor of the ZSP.

“By part­ner­ing with our grow­ing net­work of Prize win­ners, who will help dis­trib­ute the so­lar lanterns — which will pro­vide not only light to homes and med­i­cal clin­ics in ru­ral ar­eas, but also the safety and op­por­tu­ni­ties that come with light — the cam­paign raises the pro­file of our win­ners and fur­ther ex­tend their im­pact.”

From Bahrain, the cam­paign will be mov­ing to Bo­livia where the team will work closely with 2017 GHS win­ner Unidad Ed­uca­tiva Sa­grado Co­ra­zon 4. In Bangladesh, it will be col­lab­o­rat­ing with the in­au­gu­ral ZSP win­ner, Di­pal Barua, and in Kenya, 2013 win­ner d.light will be tak­ing charge. Guid­ing Light will con­clude in Abu Dhabi on Jan­uary 9, 2019.

The ZSP, for­merly known as the Zayed Fu­ture En­ergy Prize, has been es­tab­lished as part of the strate­gies to achieve UAE Na­tional Agenda 2021 and the UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals. Over the last decade, a to­tal of 66 win­ners have re­ceived the prize and have, di­rectly and in­di­rectly, pro­vided a positive im­pact on the lives of over 307 mil­lion peo­ple around the world. —

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