Without Light, Can There Be Life?

Never before has the demand for solar power solutions been so great as in the days and weeks after typhoon Haiyan hit The Philippines. WakaWaka founders Maurits Groen and Camille van Gestel were asked to share their story on Huffington Post.

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Solar for Philippines

On November 8th, Haiyan, the stongest typhoon ever hit The Philippines leaving:

  • 13 million people affected
  • 3.4 million people displaced
  • 1.1 million houses damaged or destroyed
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The Thunderclap hit 7.5 Million

The devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan is a humanitarian catastrophe. Millions in the Philippines are without electricity. Access to light and power is critical for survivors as well as emergency response teams who need light sources to begin dealing with the crisis. WakaWaka is getting solar powered lamps and chargers on the ground - as many as we can, as soon as possible. Apart from buying and donating WakaWakas, there is a very simple way how our community got involved. 

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Global Shapers & Solar for Syria

The upcoming Solar for Syria campaign is receiving fantastic support from various city groups ('hubs') of the Global Shapers! The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

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17 000 Powers for the Philippines

Within one day of starting support for the Philippines after the devestation of Tyfoon Haiyan, over 17 000 WakaWaka Powers have been ordered and are on their way to survivors and relief workers in the disaster zone. Help has come from numerous people and places to support individuals who have lost their home, their income, their livelihood and their loved ones. 

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Support the Philippines

Our partner, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), is on the ground in the Philippines mobilizing a humanitarian response to the typhoon. The IRC’s Director of Emergency Preparedness, Bob Kitchen, explains that there’s great urgency to carry out relief efforts.

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Announcing: Solar for Syria

WakaWaka will launch a new campaign to provide crisis aid to fleeing Syrian citizens togehter with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Stichting Vluchteling (Dutch Refugee Organization) 

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Dutch Solar Design Products in Kenya

Energy provision for Kenyan inhabitants is geared to improve over the coming years due to a recent partnership between four Dutch solar companies.

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12 000 Lights Arrived in Haiti

Since the huge success and support of our crowdfunders, the launch of the WakaWaka Power has enabled many families in Haiti to obtain ownership of safe, sustainable solar lighting solutions. The large shipment of 12 000 lights were released from customs last week. Over the past weekend, Haitian women have assembled and packaged WakaWakas that will be distributed throughout the country this week. 

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Testimonial from Lascahobas, Haiti

After using the WakaWaka lights for about 5 months in the village of "Solidarity," in which Lacolline GARR had distributed lamps to thirty families in conjunction with the WakaWaka Foundation, WakaWaka received testimonials from four of these families.

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