Hurricane Relief in Acapulco
The aftermath of Hurricane Otis in Acapulco, Mexico, has resulted in a significant human toll, with nearly 100 people dead or missing. The Category 5 storm struck Acapulco with powerful winds, causing extensive damage, including flooding, roof destruction, submerged vehicles, and severed communications and transportation links. Solight will donate "Give a Light" lanterns to families impacted by the Hurricane.
Maui Disaster Response
The confirmed death toll from the fires has risen to 96 and is expected to increase further. This makes the Maui wildfire the deadliest in modern U.S. history, surpassing the 2018 Camp Fire in California, which claimed 85 lives (NBC News). Wildfires that ravaged the Hawaiian island of Maui have killed scores of people and forced thousands to evacuate. Little is left in the historic town of Lahaina, which was once Hawaii's capital. The exact cause of the blaze is still unknown, but a mix of land and atmospheric conditions created "fire weather." At Solight, our hearts go out to the communities on Maui that have been affected by the devastating fires.
Earthquake in Turkey and Syria
We are heartbroken with the aftermath of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Turkey is reeling as the death toll continues to climb after Monday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake, with more than 11,000 people already reported dead and 50,000 injured across the two countries. According to the World Health Organization, 23 million people are displaced by the disaster. The power grid is decimated and we will be donating our solar lights to the homeless families living in the dark. We will be on the ground with our Non-profit partners in Adana and as always will be sharing video and photos of the delivery.
Ukraine Children's Hospital in Lviv and Kyiv.
In the small town of Lviv, Ukraine there has been a migration of refugees fleeing from the frontline regions of war. Air raids and drones with bombs are a common occurrence but Lviv for the most part has had minimal bombings and have suffered mostly infrastructure damage. The Russians have bombed all power stations and the residents and refugees have been experiencing frequent Blackouts.
Lviv Regional Children's Clinical Hospital "Okhmatdyt" has 250 children and most are refugees. Many of the Children have PTSD and grappling with the psychological trauma of the air raids and bombings. There are frequent power outages and when there are black outs the children are severely traumatized and have emotional outbursts with fear of the dark. For the next few hours the staff works tirelessly to calm them down.
Founder and Inventor of Solight Alice Chun will personally deliver lights for New Years. We are partnering with Love Without Boundaries to bring more light to the Hospital.
Hurricane Ian Florida Relief
Over 1 million without power. According to the New York Times, “Hurricane Ian is going to be a storm that we talk about for decades,” Deanne Criswell, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ian was so powerful that its winds were just a few miles per hour shy of making it a Category 5 storm as it made landfall in Florida on Wednesday. And it didn't take long for it to unleash its wrath on Florida's power grids.
We are sending Solights to Hurricane Ian victims in partnership with Florida Rising a non-profit organization working for CLIMATE JUSTICE and housing a just transition that puts frontline communities at the center of energy policy, disaster response, food policy, and all climate change initiatives.Florida Rising also fights for safe affordable homes, rent control, and housing development for the. underserved.
Fiona Relief Puerto Rico!
On September 18th, 2022 a category 4 Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico in the southern region. The island’s power grid was crippled again; 1.5 million had lost electricity and are left in the dark. We will be delivering Solights to the victims of Fiona with love and light. Our on the ground friends and partners are already there helping and need more Solarpuffs. We are working with the Non-Profit Stronger Than Maria to deliver lights to those that need them most. We were there in 2017 when Maria hit and when the earthquakes hit in 2019. Now we will be there again. These pictures are from Puerto Rico 2017 when we first delivered lights in San Juan. Founder Alice Min Soo Chun is personally going to deliver lights there on October 2nd 2022 and will be meeting up with Operation Blessing.
Sending Light and Love to Ukrainian refugee families fleeing their country into Poland and Moldova as Russians invade. More than 1.2 million civilians have fled Ukraine, according to the UN. Our partnering Nonprofit organizations NuDay is sending our solar lights to the women, children and elderly in Ukraine who have fled to shelters and bunkers. NuDay is working in Ukraine and Poland to quickly reach women and children with dignified aid, sending containers with much-needed humanitarian and medical supplies. They are also working to support evacuations and housing for refugees.
There is a dire need for solar lights and chargers. For every 5 Helix donations we will donate a QWNN light with phone charger. The European Union (EU) estimates that up to four million people may try to leave the country because of the Russian invasion. Our hearts are broken and words fail. Nationalism has once again led to war in Europe. And we are on the brink of yet another full-blown humanitarian crisis, as Ukrainian refugees flee their country seeking safety.
We are also working with Utah Refugee Connection, Lifting Hands International NGO partners in Moldova who are on the front lines helping Ukrainians as they cross the border. Frequently, these refugee families—mostly women and children—have walked long distances, waited in lines stretching for miles, and have little with them other than the clothes on their back and whatever they can carry. We are already sending 100 QWNN solar lamps with phone chargers to the border of Moldova with our friends at the Utah Refugee Connection and Lifting Hands international.
Children in Haiti
We are giving light again to our partners on the ground in Haiti for the Holidays. We met many children in Haiti, this past August 2021 our founder Alice Chun personally delivered lights to Haiti earthquake victims in the Nippes region. The children were sleeping on the ground and the school was a pile of rubble. This holiday we want to send each child a light for keeping them safe and able to do homework at night. Not only will we deliver life-saving lights, but Alice will also teach the children about solar technology. After the first earthquake 10 years ago, we have been helping in Haiti to provide light to the most underserved regions of the world. Read more about the beginning of Solight in Haiti Here.
Hurricane IDA, New Orleans
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Port Fourchon, La., just before noon on Sunday with winds at 150mph. The hurricane was strong enough to wipe the electrical power in all of New Orleans and although the power service is slowly being the restored the Weather Channel reported they could remain without power for a month and over 1 Million people do not have electricity.
"Entergy said about 895,000 customers, which are homes and businesses that could include multiple people, lost power because of Ida. Cleco, another large utility, reported 90,000 customers lost power." The Weather Channel
That's why we we are partnering with Non-profit organizations and churches currently in the ground at New Orleans to provide lights.
Solar lanterns are ideal for hurricane preparedness and the aftermath as well. Our people need light, donate one now and help!
Navajo Strong is a nonprofit dedicated to getting essential supplies to communities on the Navajo reservation. The Navajo reservation is the largest in the U.S. and accounts for about 75% of the households without electricity in this country. Aside from the obvious correlation between having electricity and quality of life, there are also tremendous benefits in terms of safety. The Eastern Agency in particular is not only the poorest region on the reservation but in the nation. Access to basic human resources such as water, food, and education is difficult as these communities are so far removed from basic infrastructure.
In partnership with Solight Design, Navajo Strong will be distributing lights in the Eastern Agency. Solight’s contribution to the reservation and partnership with Navajo Strong for effective distribution has the potential to truly change lives for years to come. Children will be able to do their homework, families can safely cook at night, and individuals will be able to travel on foot from one place to another, even at night.
- Care For Life
- Hispanic Federation
- Utah Refugee Connection
- Clinton Global Initiative
- The Senese Project
- NuDay: Ukrainian Refugee Relief
- Save the Children
- The United Way
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A gift so simple but effective.
Every time I order a lilght, I give one. I know it is helping someone, keeping them safe, giving them hope. It always makes me feel good knowing that I can make this simple donation and it will help someone else. Keep up the good work Solight Design. You are making a big difference.
This organization has been incredible in providing lights to people in need. They sent thousands of their lights to the people of Puerto Rico. They worked with some really great partner organizations and various celebrities have rallied with them, including Paris Jackson and John Leguizamo. I'm happy to have my small part in the amazing work being done.