Under the oversight of the Caritas Uganda director, Monsignor Dr. Francis Ndamira, Sun24 is donating 2,000 solar lights to all 22 dioceses in Uganda. Sun24 is recommending that each diocese sell the lights for about 5.50 USD. (The families should save around 30 USD in kerosene purchases over the 3-year life of the solar light.) The catechists can keep 0.50 USD as incentive and the parishes and dioceses can keep a little to cover their costs. The dioceses should have enough left over to buy one light for each light sold. We are very excited about refining this self-sustaining model.
Sun24 just agreed to donate 35,000 solar lights to Caritas Guatemala. Caritas will distribute the lights to every diocese which will sell the lights for a slight profit to families without electricity. The dioceses will use all funds to buy more lights to sell to more families. The price will be far less that the family will save in kerosene purchases. And, the diocese will be able to be able to purchase more and more lights for more and more families. We are excited about our initial entry into Latin America. We are in active discussions with Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo and India. This is exciting.
Blessed Trinity Catholic Church has raised enough funds to send 10,000 solar lights to its twin parish in Nalweyo, Uganda. 10,000 families will switch from filthy kerosene lamps to clean solar lights. What a great effort by Father Pat and his parishioners. Thanks!
Father Evarist Guzuye just received solar lights to distribute in his parish, St. Mathias Mulumba-Janda, in Kansulu. We hope to have photos soon.
Turkana is the poorest, most remote county in Kenya. We just donated 2,000 A1 solar lights to Our Lady Queen of Peace (Lodwar, Kenya) which is twinned with Holy Apostles Catholic Church (London, England). Father Andrew Yakulula will sell the lights and use all proceeds to purchase more lights. Best of luck, Father Andrew.
Father Michael Mukasa is the director of Caritas Kiyinda-Mityana in Uganda. At his suggestion, his diocese is testing a new distribution model. The catechists will sell the lights for 7 USD. The catechists will keep 0.50 USD of each sale as incentive. The remainder of the funds will be used by the diocese to purchase more solar lights at 4.50 USD. The diocese should be able to increase the number of light purchased each time. With the miracle of compounding, the diocese may be able to provide solar lights to all of its families without electricity in as little as five years. Thanks Father Michael!