Light the Streets Campaign

Liter of Light, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Energy

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This project received pledges on Sat 16 Jun 2018

Light up streets campaign

Summary

Our aim is to raise £15,000 to enable us to produce solar street lights out of cheap accessible materials. Our mission is to provide sustainable and affordable lighting solutions to an impoverished off-grid community in Nigeria.

Who are we?

We are a group of Nottingham students from the Nigerian Society, passionate about making a positive difference to the world through the gift of LIGHT. Although electricity and illumination can be taken for granted in many developed countries, there are still millions of homes globally that are still in the dark. We believe that these communities should not be forgotten and we have teamed up with an innovative organisation called ‘Liter of Light’ to fulfil our mission.

‘Liter of Light’ (Liter being the American spelling of Litre) is a global open source movement founded by Illac Diaz in 2011 aiming to provide ecologically sustainable lighting for simple structured buildings. The easily constructed device consists of a 1-2L bottle fashioned into a solar bulb and filled with water delivering as much light as a 40 – 60-watt incandescent bulb.

Liter of Light has installed over than 350,000 bottle lights in more than 15 countries and taught marginalized communities how to use recycled plastic bottles and locally sourced materials to illuminate their homes, businesses and streets.

In August last year, our volunteers from Liter of Light Nigeria met the energy requirements of the residents of Makoko community of Lagos, Nigeria. Through our first project, we developed 100 sustainable and affordable solar-powered lightings to the Makoko slum, an area which previously struggled with lighting. Simultaneously, the project empowered 30 people with adequate skills to build these social enterprises. This project was very impactful to the Nigerian Society as Children could now read later at night without having to rely on the irregular electricity patterns from PHCN.

The project

The ‘Liter of Light’ movement has made an impact on nearly every continent and our project aims to continue this great work in NIGERIA. We have assembled a team based both in the UK and Nigeria to successfully run this project. To execute this project, our team of volunteers both in the UK and in Nigeria would converge in Nigeria in August 2018.

Regardless of the abundant supply of natural resources, Nigeria has one of the lowest net electricity generation per capita rates in the world. It is estimated that the electricity grid in Nigeria only services about 25% of the population, which mean 120 million Nigerians live in darkness without electricity making nighttime remarkably unsafe. In addition, economic and social activities shut down early because of lack of illumination.

This situation is worse for residents of Tarkwa Bay. Tarkwa Bay is an island in Lagos that is completely off the national grid. The only source of electricity is combustion of fossil fuels. Therefore, clean, affordable and sustainable alternatives are urgently needed.

This year, Through the “Light the Streets” project, we will be improving on last year’s project by using simple technology. We will harness the abundant solar energy available to solve this problem. This technology has been used by the UN and has been adopted in many underdeveloped settlements worldwide. We strongly believe Light up Street campaign will have huge social, economic and environmental impact in Tarkwa Bay and similar communities across Nigeria. Light can improve the quality of their lives including economic and social activities at night.

We also plan to hold ‘Liter of light’ workshops where we will teach local residents how to produce and install the street lights. This provides an opportunity for them to earn a living. From this approach, not only will we see streets illuminated during our trip; but it will also open up this skill as a resource to provide light to many beyond our stay.

With your donations, we will provide sustainable lighting to communities with little or no electricity.

Where will the money go?

The money will go towards:

Materials needed to assemble 80 solar-powered streetlight 40watt Solar PV @ £90 each = £7200

12v batteries @ £63.02 each = £6632.2

Mounting poles and other materials = £1970

Cost of paying 28 local electricians and 28 local carpenters (for installation) @ £30 each: £1680

Other materials needed = £1500

Cost of paying 28 local electricians and 28 local carpenters (for installation) @ £30 each= £1680

Every £240 donated means we can buy the materials needed to make one solar street light.

Rewards

We are happy to receive donations of any amount you can spare towards this great cause. All donors will be included in our weekly shoutout on our Facebook page for the duration of our campaign.

- £10 - An email from the team thanking you for your donation

-£25 - You will be included in our weekly shoutout on our Facebook page for the duration of our campaign.

-£50 - Chance to ‘opt in’ to our mailing list to receive exclusive project updates and pictures.

If you are able to sponsor £100 or more we will be giving out more substantial rewards.

-£100 - A Liter of Light T-shirt- valued at £9.99

(20 to claim)

-150 – A photobook and a Liter of Light T-shirt

(15 to claim)

-£200 - A 'Liter of Light' T-shirt, a photo book and DVD

(10 to claim)

-£500 - A 'Liter of Light' T-shirt, a photo book and DVD and a streetlight named after you

(5 to claim)

If you will prefer to sponsor this project offline, please contact team@literoflightnigeria.org.

If you are from a company that would like to support our project, sponsoring our campaign can offer new opportunities for brand awareness and promotion. Please contact team@literoflightnigeria.org for more information on our sponsorship marketing packages.

Help us succeed

Donors to the University of Nottingham's Cascade Grants programme have agreed to fund a large part of this project on the condition that we raise a minimum of £1000.

If we can raise above the minimum target of £1000, this would mean that the project would be scaled up accordingly. Thus, more solar panels will be purchased and installed, and more areas of the community would be reached. However, if we are unable to raise our minimum target of £1000, this would sadly mean that our project would have to be scaled down.

Please sponsor our project now and help to light up the community.

It would also be a great help if you could share this campaign with your networks via social media using the buttons on this page.

Find us here

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LiterofLightNigeria

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/lol_nigeria

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/literoflightnigeria/

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpuhJhsNUShS2_2tEC2_aQ

EMAIL: team@literoflightnigeria.org