We will start shipping May 15th!
Sending out the more than 7.000 packages to backers worldwide on the same day. It was quite a challenge so we are all really happy that we will be making the original shipping date promised to you. Expect your WakaWaka Powers to arrive in the days following the 15th, but please note that the exact day depends on how far away you're located from one of two shipping points in the US or the Netherlands.
I would like to apologize for anyone who feels offended by the fact that a limited number of WakaWaka Powers has become available online this week. Allow me to explain. We have offered our backers a 25% extra battery capacity, the maximum available capacity our supplier is capable of delivering within the available dimensions of the WakaWaka Power, and custom build for this backer model only.
That explains why the retail version of the WakaWaka Power (with the regular 2200 mAh capacity battery) was finished a little earlier. We are now testing the online market with a limited number of this retail version (at Fab.com and next up Amazon). It is not anywhere near the thousands of units ordered by you guys. But if successful, we may expect a lot more from them, and therefore do more good for those around the world without electricity. I hope you understand that we had to jump on this opportunity. As to the price of the WakaWaka Power online, once again, as a backers you are getting much, much, more value for your money than retail costumers. We try our utmost to maintain a minimum advertising price, but we have to allow for some flexibility with regard to promotions, and it is actually illegal to enforce a universal end user price.
Power to Syrian Refugees
I would also like to share some related news with you. Last December we were approached by a major international emergency relief organization (which name I am not at liberty to share at this point, but they are well known and respected). They asked us how soon we could fast track production for some 5,000 WakaWaka Powers for Syrian refugees, on the run for full fledged civil war and the ensuing desperate humanitarian crisis. Recently these units landed in the South of Turkey and have by now finally found their way to 5.000 Syrian families, providing light and power, keeping them safe, enabling them to read, and charge their mobile phones so they can get in touch with lost family members. I sincerely hope you take no offence in the fact that we did everything within our power to utilize the maximum of the preliminary production capacity for this special and most urgent request. In the beginning of a new production run, capacity is usually limited since workers need to get routines down. We are very proud to be able to share this with you since it was your support that has enabled us to do this.
The support of all our backers and the massive success of the 'buy one, give one' crowdfunding campaign (and pre-sales on getwakawaka.com) has resulted in over 12.000 WakaWaka Lights for Haitian families living without electricity. A masterplan on the distribution of these free Lights in Haiti is beginning to take shape. Read more about Haiti here.
As for myself, I have been travelling around these past weeks talking to the UN, UN Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative and BilionRising.org about putting WakaWaka further on the global map and therefore neglected you guys a bit. I will be around! So do feel free to approach me with any questions you might have. Your Powers are nearly there!
Warm wishes and talk soon,
the photos bellow show the arrival of the 5.000 WakaWaka Powers at the southern border of Turkey and some of the first WakaWaka Lights finding their way to students in Haiti