The Navajo Nation is the largest Native American territory in the United States, with an estimated population of 300,000. Among the 55,000 homes located on the reservation, about 15,000 households do not have electricity. They make up 75% of all homes without electricity in the United States.
Not having access to electricity has many repercussions for Navajo families: lack of running water, reliable lighting, home heating and cooling, and appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves. Families in the Navajo Nation drive 1-1.5 hours once or twice a week to reach watering points where they can fill 250-gallon plastic tanks with water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. To keep food from perishing, families often have to use portable coolers filled with ice. In addition, children often cannot complete their homework at night and are at higher risk of falling behind in school because they don't have basic resources.
Here at Solight Design, we believe that access to reliable sources of light and basic infrastructure should be a guarantee. It is unacceptable that indigenous peoples have long been neglected by the US government and live in these conditions. In 2021, we can do better. While the ultimate goal is large-scale infrastructure investment in the Navajo community, we believe our lights are a great tool for guaranteeing Navajo families access to a sustainable light source today.
By purchasing a light for Navajo Strong, you are helping at-risk families that do not have electricity. We have helped the underserved from Haiti to Puerto Rico and now the vulnerable need our help here in the USA.
Buy one Give One: From today (April 6) until April 12, purchase a Solar Puff, Solar Helix, or Qwnn to give a light to the Navajo Reservation. Use the code GiveLight at checkout.
Our partner, Navajo Strong will ensure safety and peace of mind by delivering our Solar Helix lights to families who do not have electricity in Navajo Nation. There are currently almost 40,000 children living in the reservation and we want to make sure that no child is left in the dark.
Our Solights will provide light for years to come.
We are asking for your help in getting more Solights to people in need during this critical time. As always, we will share photos of the delivery.