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A solar light to brighten your whole room and the future of families living in darkness around the world.

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About this project

Ray of Life: Whole Room Solar Lights for You and Empower Others

By New Vision Renewable Energy

TIME SENSITIVE REQUEST:

We only have 3 days left, please help us make our goal.  The stakes are to high not to succeed.  Every dollar helps.

Our in-country partners in Liberia have requested our lights be sent to Liberia to fight the Ebola outbreak. (90% of people living in Liberia are without electric and families and clinics are trying to tend to the sick at night with the light of small candles or toxic kerosene lamps). New Vision is all set to produce and send them to Monrovia via Convoy of Hope. But we need to be successful in our campaign to do this.  We only have till October 30th to make this happen.  We need YOUR HELP.  

We are asking for donations, even $5 can make a difference.  Together $5 can turn into $50,000

Or buy a light for yourself for this hurricane season -- donate a light to be sent to Liberia, no matter what you do you are making a difference!

A portable solar light with the power to illuminate every corner of your room and help bring light to those without electricity in every corner of the world? Revolutionary!

QUESTION: What do you get when you mix a Czechoslovakian energy-saving enthusiast and engineer -- whose home electric meter runs backwards because of alternative energy sources -- with an award-winning West Virginia Pastor who has specialized in rural community development for over 30 years?

ANSWER: Over 2,200 solar lights in 32 developing countries around the world and a new, whole room solar light developed with 3M (one of the brightest on the market) just waiting to be produced and used here in the United States and around the globe.

YOU NEED THIS LIGHT! 

A grade-A money saver and must-have for everyone’s emergency preparedness kit, this one-of-a-kind handheld or hangable device is also perfect for camping, boating and any other expedition off the beaten path, or as a teaching tool about solar energy with your school or organization.

WANT A LIMITED EDITION CUSTOM SKIN ON YOUR LIGHT?

For Kickstarter supporters only: you can be one of the few people in the world to own a light with a custom-designed graphic skin.

HERE'S WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Our older prototype is lighting up the night in over 30 countries, with villages soon to be lit in Ethiopia and Haiti. However, educators and consumers have asked for a finessed product that allows them to easily house all of the components in one portable case. We’ve done just that and gone the extra mile to make it brighter (one of the brightest on the market!) and added a significantly stronger battery.

(Note: Funds raised on Kickstarter will not be donated to a charity.)

The Lights We Are Using Now

The Light With Your Help!

By reaching our Kickstarter goal, we can finally go into production and brighten your life with one of the most dependable, longest-lasting and brightest lights on the market. The best part? You can help get these lights into the hands of the 1.2 billion people whose lives and well being depend on them by donating a light to those living in the dark.

DONATE A LIGHT TO THOSE LIVING IN THE DARK

REWARDS 

We walk the walk. Our rewards are created by like-minded folks with a mission. Rewards for donation include our custom-made bracelets with our logo from steadfast women conquering poverty and adversity; our limited-edition T-shirts printed by at-risk kids and young adults; and hand-signed photos from our renowned photographer, Vincent Isner, who has helped bring lights to remote villages. The photos were taken on one of our trips to Africa.

JUST FOUR PARTS TO OUR LIGHT

The Ray of Life Solar Light is made up of four simple parts: 2 solar panels, a battery, LED light panel and compact case that houses them all. We'll also include an extension cord so you can mount the light on the ceiling.

We will let our Mad Scientist John Prusa, Director of Technology and Innovation, tell you just how he gives life to his clean-light creation.

OUR SOLAR PANEL

  • We use 2 7.3 watt monocrystal solar panels for a total of 14.6 watt – and monocrystal is a higher grade pure crystal that allows us to capture the maximum amount of the sun’s rays
  • On an average day, it's 6 - 8 hours of charge
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OUR LED LIGHTS

  • Designed by an inventor who lights Smithsonian Museums and created underwater light displays in Las Vegas, our ultra-bright model 5050 LED’s combined with 3M’s Solar Mirror Film (the most highly reflective film made) emit light with an output of 1,000 lumens – the same as a 100-watt incandescent light bulb and enough to lighten an entire room.
  • Our 33 LED lights have a 50-year LED lifespan
  • The 33 LEDs are divided into 3 individual strips so that you control the amount and duration of light. Use one strip for a nightlight, two strips for a desk light, or all three strips to light up an entire room. One strip can last for days without charge.
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OUR BATTERY

  • You can charge your cell phone and devices
  • The battery will last. The 10-amp hour lithium polymer battery is the strongest on the market. -- as strong as a motorcycle battery 
  • Don’t worry about overcharging your battery -- ours has over and under charging protection circuits
  • And average life span for the battery is 5-7 years or 2,000 plus cycles.
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OUR CUSTOM BUILT CASE

  • We use recycled campaign polycarbonate boards -- you know the ones that litter your streets for weeks after a political campaign! So you are helping to clean-up the streets.
  • Don’t worry if a part has an issue, just replace it out with our changeable components – no need to replace the whole light.
  • The light is available assembled or in a DIY kit for teaching purposes.
  • It's small and compact, only 5 pounds and 8 x 12 inches
  • Built with easy-to-use plug and use feature that will not require soldering for the connectors and extension cords that allow you to hang the light overhead.
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ENERGY POVERTY HAS NO BORDERS

    Next time you flip a switch, think about this: 1.2 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without access to light.

    The main source of light in most third-world villages is a dangerous and toxic kerosene lamp, responsible for more annual deaths than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Worst of all, thousands of family members, namely women and children, succumb to personal assaults, animal attacks, falls and more due to lack of light sources after sunset. Help us reach our Kickstarter goal so we can empower homes, hospitals, schools, even entire villages with our lights, providing a new wealth of economic opportunity, safety and medical care through clean electricity.

CHILDREN HOLD THE KEY TO END ENERGY POVERTY

Our light is available in an educational do-it-yourself assembly kit, perfect for teaching students, families, and even small businesses about solar energy. New Vision has been using our old light kit to spread solar energy education and training to at-risk youth groups involved in our Global I.M.P.A.C.T. mentoring network around the United States. These inspired adolescents – the future pioneers in energy sustainability -- have developed solar lights for partnering communities in developing countries. With our do-it-yourself kit, you stand at the forefront of our mission!

Buy a light! Donate a light! Or benefit yourself and communities around world by doing both!

ABOUT US

New Vision Renewable Energy, the inventors of Ray of Life Whole Room Solar Light Solutions, mobilizes citizens, businesses, community and faith-based organizations to be a part of the international renewable energy movement. As a grassroots non-profit organization birthed in the struggle of under-resourced communities trying to move beyond welfare dependence, New Vision has organized the training, products and resources necessary to empower families and communities to go from energy consumers to energy producers here in the United States and around the world.

RUSTON SEAMAN
President & CEO

Ruston has dedicated his adult life to ministry and community development in under resourced, rural communities in the US. His work began in 1980, when he was picked up while hitchhiking in South Dakota by the missionary pastor of Peoples Chapel Church located in Chestnut Ridge, West Virginia. Ruston eventually became pastor of the church, along with his wife Donna, and continues in this role today. New Vision is also based in this community they call home.

Ruston is a graduate of Alderson Broaddus College and Eastern Baptist Seminary with a Master's Degree in Christian Faith and Public Policy. Ruston founded the Cornerstone Cooperation in 1986. It evolved into Appalachian Community Care, a 501(c)3 organization, which has been responsible for starting and partnering with a number of ministry organizations and has incubated the New Vision ministry since its beginning. Ruston and Donna served as Appalachian Directors for World Servants, an international short-term mission organization, from 1994-1999. In 2000, Ruston became the Appalachian Director for World Vision International and became the National Rural Director in 2008, until taking his position leading New Vision in 2011.

Ruston has served on numerous boards including the Christian Community Development Association (CDDA) and currently is an adviser on rural issues. CCDA supports a national network of Christian ministries across the country. Ruston and his wife have two children, Leah and Ruston Ray. The Seaman's are quickly becoming the second family in their community to convert their home heating, electric and vehicles to operate on alternative energy sources.

JOHN PRUSA
Director of Technology and Innovation

Our very own “Mad Scientist,” John Prusa is a sage of sustainability. As an electrical engineer and inventor, he is committed to the leadership team at New Vision Renewable Energy. John has a history of innovations with three European patents. He has applied for two additional U.S. patents. John initially wanted to investigate cooking oil as a means of becoming energy independent; and, quickly developed a passion for "going green". John has now converted his entire residential energy needs (heating and air, electrical energy and auto fuel) to operate on biodiesel and solar power, cutting his energy costs nearly $20,000 annually. John is the creative force of New Vision solutions and has converted multiple vehicles and homes to operate this way; and has a vision for taking these applications to a community level. Thanks to John's efforts, New Vision has working prototypes of homemade solar panels, community homes powered by solar, WVO converted vehicles and furnaces, solar-powered aquaponics greenhouses as well as facilities and equipment for biodiesel fuel processing.

PAMELA O'BRIEN
Director of Business Development and Communications

Pamela brings over 25 years' experience in marketing strategy, corporate and product positioning as well as business development and strategic partnership management for a diverse spectrum of nonprofit, business-to-business and service sector organizations. She thrives at bringing clarity and focus to emerging or evolving companies, achieving buy-in of product and corporate positioning at all levels of the organization, and communicating a clear corporate mission to all outside constituents. She helps to build efficient processes and high-performing, collaborative teams to ensure project goals are met and budgets are proactively managed.

Ms. O'Brien was co-founder of Hi-Tech Marketing, Inc. and President & Owner of Hi-Tech Consulting Services, located in the Northern Virginia technology sector. Her passion, however, is working with nonprofit corporations and as a project coordinator on short-term mission groups for World Vision's U.S. Programs Rural Ministry. She was able to witness firsthand the transformational development that can take place in an under-resourced community. At New Vision, she hopes to weave the possibilities of turning their renewable energy initiatives into social enterprise solutions that everyone can get involved in to assist with empowering people and repowering communities around the world.

OUR TRACK RECORD

New Vision Renewable Energy started in 2009 and since then they have 2,200 solar lights working in 32 developing countries and have worked with many foundations and organizations to empower brighter futures.

Organizations we have partnered with:

  • Alderson Broaddus University - Philippi, WV
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Leadership Foundations
  • CCDA - Christian Community Development Association
  • Driven Brands (owner of Meineke Muffler and Tortel)
  • The Dwyer Group/Mr. Electric
  • World Mission-Go!
  • Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity - Charlotte
  • Appalachian Stewardship Foundation
  • Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
  • Sawyer International
  • SEFA
  • Feed Adam
  • West Virginia University

And collaborated with :

  • 3M
  • Africa Capacity Building Initiative
  • Compassion International
  • VisionTrust International
  • Samaritan's Purse
  • Orphans to Ambassadors
  • With Open Eyes
  • Fashion & Compassion
  • The Giving Circle
  • Ugandan Gold
  • Mission Waco/Mission World
  • World Vision
  • Rural Compassion
  • Business Connect
  • Healing Hands of Joy
  • Expecting An Encounter Ministry
  • MountainView Solar
  • SolarWorld
  • Shelton Leadership Center/NC State University
  • University of Charleston

Networks:

  • CCDA, LuminaNet, Community Power Network, Sierra Club (in WV), Leadership Foundations
  • United Nations Foundation - Energy Access Practitioner Network, Sustainable Energy For All

Participated in:

Earth Hour (WWF), Earth Day, Advent and Lent Seasonal Devotions, GlobalGiving and approved for Microsoft YouthSpark Donations, GivingTuesday, Indiegogo, IDEO

Risks and challenges

It is our highest hopes to have a product ready to ship to you by the end of the year. However, if you have ever been involved in product development that involves receiving at least part of your product from China, then you know how challenging this goal may be!

We have worked with solar and battery manufacturers since 1997 and we are not “newbies” at this. John Prusa, our Director of Technology & Innovation, has a long history in the field of innovative product research and with three European patents under his belt and two applied for in the U.S., we know what we are dealing with.

Our first solar light came with its own set of realities when batteries failed us on a couple of occasions. This brought our inventor to the forefront as he told the manufacturer how to rewire the battery to fix the problem. And he didn’t even charge them for this advice!

We now have over 2,200 solar lights in 32 countries around the world.

So when we produced the prototype for Ray of Light, working with two new suppliers, everything under our control says the process will work well. Our mold manufacturer is a short distance away in North Carolina and our LED light supplier is on the East Coast too. The battery and the solar panel are still custom ordered for us and the supply chain is not tested for higher quantities. However we have found that money has a way of talking and if you all donate a larger amount of lights, we have a feeling that the process will get hopping.

However, last year with the U.S. rep looking us in the eyes at our office in West Virginia, we were promised new parts by December 15th and they didn’t arrive until January 31st. Soooo…we will do everything we can to move the product out the door and if you are purchasing a product as a gift for someone, we would be happy to create a special “gift” card whether you order a Ray of Light for personal use or donate lights for an orphanage, school, church or village, just in case!

If you have any other risks you would like us to address, then don't hesitate to ask for your reassurance.

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    EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS! Make a $1 donation and receive exciting updates on the light, NVRE’s events and opportunities to get involved.

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    SOLAR CELL: Make a $10 or more donation and receive an actual 5" x 5” solar cell mounted in plexiglass. The solar photovoltaic cell is the individual building block of a solar panel. Use it as a paper weight, conversation piece or an educational tool. You can have this by the holidays. Total cost is $13 ($10+ $3 shipping costs)

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    CUSTOM LEATHER BRACELETS -- Your choice of brown or black leather: Give $25 or more and receive one of our limited-edition bracelets made of genuine dark brown leather or black leather (please specify color when ordering) with a solid bronze RoL button crafted by women overcoming poverty and injustice (from FashionandCompassion.com). You can have this by the holidays. Total cost is $28 ($25+ $3 shipping)

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    CUSTOM DRY WICK T-SHIRTS: Give $45 or more and receive one of our limited-edition
    t-shirts designed especially for this Kickstarter campaign. Our shirts are printed by Smok'n Tees Promotional Products, a shop run by previously at-risk youth and young adults. Shirts are 100% polyester moisture wicking, short sleeve, round neck t-shirts, loose fitting. They come in S, M,L, XL. Total cost is $50 ($45 + $5 shipping). Please specify size when ordering. You can have this by the holidays.

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    OUR TRIPLE WRAP BRACELET WITH PRECIOUS GEMS: Give $50 or more and receive one of our stunning limited-edition triple wrap beaded bracelets, which includes natural green agate and Czech crystals on genuine dark brown leather with a solid bronze RoL button crafted by women overcoming poverty and injustice (from FashionandCompassion.com). Total cost is $55 ($50 + $5 shipping). You can have this by the holidays.

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    GIVE A LIGHT: Your donated light will be $100 (tax deductible) with free shipping. Brighten the life of a person living in the dark in a developing country. As a thank-you we will send you one of our custom-design leather bracelets in your choice of black or brown leather. Plus you'll get updates from New Vision Renewable Energy on new products and wonderful opportunities to help. Please specify color when you order. You can have bracelet by the holidays. You will be updated when your light is delivered.

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    1ST EARLY BIRD PRICE SPECIAL: For solar lights with limited-edition custom skins. Good for only the first 10 days. Total cost is $165 ($150 + $15 shipping). These custom skin versions will not be available after the campaign ends!

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    2ND EARLY BIRD PRICE SPECIAL: For solar lights with limited-edition custom skins. This price is available for the second 10 days only. Total cost is $175 ($160 + $15 shipping). These custom skin versions will not be available after the campaign ends!

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    CUSTOM SKIN SOLAR LIGHT: Special Kickstarter price (retail $200). Total cost is $195 ($180 + $15 shipping). These custom skin versions will not be available after the campaign ends!

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    BUY 2ND EARLY BIRD CUSTOM LIGHT & CUSTOM LEATHER BRACELET: One solar light with limited-edition custom skin is $175 ($160 + $15 shipping). Price good for only the first 10 days. We cannot promise holiday delivery for lights.
    + CUSTOM LEATHER BRACELET -- Your choice of brown or black (please specify color when ordering) with a solid bronze RoL button crafted by women overcoming poverty and injustice (from FashionandCompassion.com). You can have bracelet by the holidays. Total cost is $28 ($25+ $3 shipping). Light and bracelet is $203 or more!

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    BUY 1ST EARLY BIRD CUSTOM LIGHT & CUSTOM DRY WICK T-SHIRT: One solar light with limited-edition custom skin is $165 ($150 + $15 shipping). Price good for only the first 10 days. We cannot promise holiday delivery for lights.
    + CUSTOM DRY WICK T-SHIRT: Our limited-edition t-shirts designed especially for this Kickstarter campaign. Our shirts are printed by Smok'n Tees Promotional Products, a shop run by previously at-risk youth and young adults. Shirts are 100% polyester moisture wicking, short sleeve, round neck t-shirts, loose fitting. They come in S, M,L, XL. Total cost is $50 ($45 + $5 shipping). Please specify size when ordering. You can have shirt by the holidays. Light and t-shirt is $215 or more!

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    BUY 2ND EARLY BIRD CUSTOM LIGHT & CUSTOM DRY WICK T-SHIRT: One solar light with limited-edition custom skin is $175 ($160 + $15 shipping). Price good for only the first 10 days. We cannot promise holiday delivery for lights.
    + CUSTOM DRY WICK T-SHIRT: Our limited-edition t-shirts designed especially for this Kickstarter campaign. Our shirts are printed by Smok'n Tees Promotional Products, a shop run by previously at-risk youth and young adults. Shirts are 100% polyester moisture wicking, short sleeve, round neck t-shirts, loose fitting. They come in S, M,L, XL. Total cost is $50 ($45 + $5 shipping). Please specify size when ordering. You can have shirt by the holidays. Light and t-shirt is $225 or more!

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    BUY 2ND EARLY BIRD CUSTOM LIGHT & OUR TRIPLE WRAP BRACELET WITH PRECIOUS GEMS: One solar light with limited-edition custom skin is $175 ($160 + $15 shipping). Price good for only the first 10 days. We cannot promise holiday delivery for lights.
    + OUR TRIPLE WRAP BRACELET WITH PRECIOUS GEMS: Our stunning limited-edition triple wrap beaded bracelets, which includes natural green agate and Czech crystals on genuine dark brown leather with a solid bronze RoL button crafted by women overcoming poverty and injustice (from FashionandCompassion.com). Total cost is $55 ($50 + $5 shipping). You can have this by the holidays. Light and bracelet is $230 or more!

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    PHOTO WITH ARTIST SIGNATURE: These are 8 x 10 mounted - WITH signature. Give $250 with free shipping and choose one of two photos shot at one of our projects in Africa and signed by our renowned photographer, Vincent Isner. Isner is a veteran photographic artist whose character-rich portraiture includes authors, members of Congress, national religious leaders, African tribal elders, ambassadors, and two US Presidents. You will never have another chance to own a signed Isner for this price. Please specify your choice of women carrying sticks or 3 men walking. (See fun rewards to view photos). photographsbyvincent.4ormat.com. You can have your photo by the holidays.

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    BUY 2ND EARLY BIRD CUSTOM LIGHT & OUR TRIPLE WRAP BRACELET WITH PRECIOUS GEMS: One solar light with limited-edition custom skin is $175 ($160 + $15 shipping). Price good for only the first 10 days. We cannot promise holiday delivery for lights.
    + OUR TRIPLE WRAP BRACELET WITH PRECIOUS GEMS: Our stunning limited-edition triple wrap beaded bracelets, which includes natural green agate and Czech crystals on genuine dark brown leather with a solid bronze RoL button crafted by women overcoming poverty and injustice (from FashionandCompassion.com). Total cost is $55 ($50 + $5 shipping). You can have this by the holidays. Light and bracelet is $230 or more!

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    PHOTO ON CANVAS WITH ARTIST SIGNATURE 11 x 14, ready to hang: Give $500 and receive your choice of one of two 11 x 14 photos shot at one of our projects in Africa and signed by our photographer, Vincent Isner and printed on canvas. See above to be impressed! You will never have another chance to own a signed Isner for this price. Please specify your choice of women carrying sticks or 3 men walking. (See fun rewards to view photos.) photographsbyvincent.4ormat.com. You can have your photo by the holidays. Free Shipping.

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    GIVE 5 LIGHTS AND LIGHT A CHURCH: Imagine the joy of a school, newly lit through your donation. As a thank you, we will send you a solar light with a custom-designed skin and a plaque with the your name will be placed in the church. You will receive a picture of the plaque and a personal note from the Leader of the Church along with updates from New Vision Renewable Energy. We will let you know as soon as your donated lights are shipped.

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    GIVE 10 LIGHTS AND LIGHT AN ORPHANAGE: Donate 10 lights and be comforted that a group of children in a developing country feel safer and can pursue a healthier future because of your generosity. As a thank-you, we will send you a light with a custom-designed skin. A plaque with your name included will be placed in the orphanage and you will receive a picture of the plaque and a personal note from the children along with updates from New Vision Renewable Energy. Donations are tax deductible and shipping is free. We will let you know as soon as your donated lights are shipped.

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