In the face of disaster, families often prioritise the three most basic human needs: water, food and shelter.

But without light, it can be extremely hard for families to satisfy these basic needs and start recovering. Light can allow them to start feeling normal again and do things together as a family after it gets dark.

An estimated 1.1 billion people around the world – or 14% of the global population – have no access to electricity (IEA, 2017). And that includes many families who have fled their homes after disaster.

Solar lights are a practical solution, allowing people to regain their livelihoods again. Have a look at some of the main benefits of solar lights for families caught up in disaster.

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What makes our solar lights so practical for families to use?

Our solar lights are light, waterproof, and easy to recharge.

They even have an adjustable handle so that families can hang it inside a tent, or outside during the day, to charge.

Because they are so safe, cheap and easy to use, families use solar lights in different ways – for work, education, family activities, or simply moving around at night.

Are the solar lights environmentally friendly?

Yes – the solar lights are 100% PVC free and made out of environmentally friendly and weather-resistant materials.

How long can a family use a solar light for?

A family can use a solar light for up to 3 years.


Solar lights can…

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…reduce the risk of fire

Vulnerable families rely on unsafe and expensive options like candles and kerosene lanterns. Solar lights are safer, cheaper and better for the environment.

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…reduce barriers to education

Solar lights can allow children in disaster-hit areas to read, study and do homework at home, after school hours.

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…make families feel safer

People we’ve spoken to report an increased sense of safety because of the solar lights, allowing them to move around easily when it’s dark.

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Your gift will give families a sense of normality after disaster, enabling them to rebuild their homes and their lives.

Benito stands in front of his emergency shelter after tropical storm Usman hit the Philippines
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'We have had no electricity since the storm, the solar lights have helped me and my wife to run our shop again.' – Benito

Benito’s story

Benito is a ‘copra’ (dried coconut kernels) farmer from the Philippines. He lives with his wife in their little shop on the outskirts of Osmena village.

When Tropical Storm Usman hit the Philippines in 2018, their home was severely damaged. On top of this, the storm wiped out their electricity.

Benito used the tools and tarpaulin he received from ShelterBox to rebuild his home with his wife Rosa.

When they were ready to reopen their shop, the solar lights enabled them to run their business again. For Benito and Rosa, the lights gave them a sense of normality.


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14-year-old Rahma from Somaliland uses her solar light to study in the evening when it gets dark. Her favourite subject is English.

Light can be more than a tool after dark – it can bring comfort and a sense of normality to families affected by disaster or conflict.

Without light, families living in temporary shelters often find it difficult to do simple chores or activities after the sun sets.

Solar lights can allow them to cook meals at night and eat together as a family. Light enables them to visit their neighbours to socialise and pray.

At night time, solar lights also give children a sense of comfort through the darkness.

“My children are able to use the solar lights a lot, it helps them wake up and get ready for school in the morning and for my youngest she is now more comfortable with a light on at night when she sleeps”

– Maria, Philippines