Lighting up Haiti!
12 000 Lights have made their way to Haiti and have been distributed to recovering rural areas. This project has acquired a place in the spotlight by supporting the efforts of local Haitian NGOs to ensure safety, work opportunities, longer studying time for children, cleaner streets, new roads, more trees replaced and a higher disposable income.
Your contribution helped to reach the second stretch goal and made it possible for the creation of a pilot assembly line and work opportunities for local women. Together with the cooperation of Haiti Equipment and Maintenance Services (HEMS), many local women assembled and packaged WakaWaka Lights. It was evident that the women were not only interested in the fabrication, but also in the product itself. Every participant received one WakaWaka for their family. We’re currently assessing the future of large-scale product assembly in Haiti as well as eventual local production of the WakaWaka’s casing. Even the government is excited and has placed a first pilot order!
These lights are really making an impact, not only in Haiti and at your home, but all around the world. Since the devastating tropical storm, Haiyan, in the Philippines, we’ve been partnering with individuals and organizations for the next Buy One, Give One. WakaWaka Powers provide immediate assistance as well as long-term relief by enabling the survivors to see after dark and to charge their phones to connect with family members elsewhere. In addition, emergency response teams also need a source of light and power to gear up for their relief efforts. The desire is to reach and help as many people as we can, who had little before the tyfoon, and are left with less.
In the coming days you will hear from me again, especially on this topic. If you can't wait: go to www.solarforphilippines.org and spread the word!
A heartfelt thank you for making it possible to help families such as these by supporting the product from concept to completion. Thank you for your feedback, your patience, your investment and your ability to make it happen.
We are extremely proud of our Kickstarter Backers and we brag about you on occassions, leaving people with open mouths wondering 'how we did it'... well... we didn't ... you did!
I sincerely hope you will all continue to follow what we do with WakaWaka. We have added you to our newsletter. If you haven't received one yet, go to www.waka-waka.com and subscribe (have you seen our new web design & impact map?? zoom in on Haïti... http://waka-waka.com/impact/
Let's keep in touch and I look forward to hearing from you some day.
Warm wishes & a Big Hug to you all,