1) In emergency aid: many of the risks associated with donating in development situations are absent in the case of emergency aid. Safe light and the possibility to charge your phone can enable victims to stay safe at night in tent-camps and connect with scattered loved ones. With WakaWakas, aid workers can continue their efforts at night and communicate their work in off-grid areas.
2) In long-term refugee camps: the situation of the millions of refugees who have been living in tent camps for years on end is slightly different and should be appraised on a case by case base. In many camps, people are not allowed to make money or do business, making the purchase of a WakaWaka impossible. Because of the stable living situation, it is often possible for people to perform a service in return according to our ‘free but not for nothing’-policy. often not allowed to make money, providing there is no local solar market, and providing something in return.
Alternatives for giving:
Free, but not for nothing / service in return. One of the basic principles of the WakaWaka Foundation is that the receivers of the WakaWaka products do not receive a donation for free; this principle is called the ‘free, but not for nothing’ principle. The receivers have to do something in return; they can pay a small amount of money, community work is more common. Types of community work that have been performed for receiving WakaWaka products are planting a forest in your community or cleaning up your neighborhood.