Light Up Tanzania!
Lalafofofo invites you to join us in out first ever Kickstarter campaign to bring much needed solar lanterns
to families living in the Tanzanian bush.
For just $15, you can provide a solar light to a student whose family is too poor to afford electricity, or a new mother tasked with keeping her infant safe in the dangerous nighttime environment of the bush.
Every evening when the sun sets over Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzanians living in the bush will be grateful to have another night of relief from total darkness, and the sense of well-being their solar lantern provides.
Why Solar Lanterns?
Due to its geographic proximity to the equator, Tanzania experiences 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of
hours of nighttime year-round. That means 12 hour nights spent in pitch darkness. As most Tanzanians in remote villages of the bush live in huts hand-constructed of grass and mud, the long nights without light make their already difficult lives even more difficult.
In addition to the obvious challenges, the huts offer little to no protection from the wild man-eating lions and other predators that take advantage of the darkness to attack humans. In homes and villages with no electricity, the only alternatives are candles and kerosene lamps, which are prohibitively costly and fire hazards in this arid region that experiences very little rainfall year-round.
Once the sun sets, children must stay inside their family huts throughout the pitch dark night, every night, for safety. Even then, they’re not safe from predatory animals that enter the dark huts undetected. Imagine the being trapped inside for 12 hours every night with no light to ward off predators, or even make reading and schoolwork possible.
Lalafofofo wants to give Tanzanians something we take for granted—indoor light—and we need your help to do it. Our “Light up Tanzania” solar lanterns are inexpensive and long-lasting. Donate a solar lantern to a Tanzanian family and you’ll be gifted one to keep for yourself! At just $15, its a great portable light for camping, nighttime events or simply illuminating your backyard so you can enjoy your outdoor space at night.
Solar lanterns recharge by simply setting them in the sun for a few hours. A single solar lantern can illuminate an entire hut for 12 hours or more. This is life-changing for villagers. Not only does it provide them with nighttime visibility, the light prevents wild animals from wandering into the huts.
Your gift of 12 hours of light, every night, will be celebrated many times over by people who have few comforts, and even fewer resources.
Together, we can make an enormous contribution to thousands of people in East Africa. Your gesture will help Tanzania’s children complete their studies, and let Tanzanians of all ages know they matter to people living 8,676 miles away.
To learn more about how you can help “light up Tanzania, or to donate a lamp today: