Solar lamps for children in rural areas of Madagascar
The collaboration between HERi and UNICEF to distribute solar lanterns to schoolchildren in rural areas of Madagascar at a reduced price, launched in January 2017, has now reached its sixth village. There are now 13 schools located in villages in the Ifanadiana, Manakara, Mananjary and Vohipeno regions.
Through this partnership, more than 4,000 students have learned about the health, environmental and economic benefits of solar lanterns over traditional oil lamps. More than 460 students have now signed up for solar lantern rentals, which are partly funded by UNICEF. Solar lanterns are recharged daily at the energy kiosks and delivered to the homes of schoolchildren for study, safety, night work and other activities.