Project Report:
Light Up Aqaba, Jordan

Jun 2016 to Sep 2016

The project:
Light Up Aqaba, Jordan
Technologies used:
d.light S300 Solar lantern
Local partner:
The problem: 

The high number of refugees and the unstable economy in Jordan is resulting in rampant poverty and unemployement. Refugees from the conflict in neighbouring Syria struggle to find employment and meet their basic needs. Access to electricity is particularly important so they can recharge their phones and stay connected with their families and friends. The cost of electricity is a significant burden on the budgets of refugees.

How we helped: 

We worked with our local partner, Human Relief Foundation (HRF), to connect d.light S300 solar lights to Syrian refugees in Aqaba. These lights will reduce household lighting costs and also allow refugees to charge portable electronics devices, including smart phones, so that they can stay connected with their families and friends.

What people are saying: 


Samira Al-Amru is a History teacher who came to Jordan two years ago from Syria. Using the solar light, Samira felt safer walking through the streets after dark with her daughter, Habiba, after collecting her food vouchers. The light also allows Habiba to study at night so that one day she can be a History teacher like her mum.


Omar Abdul-Latif is an IT technician who arrived in Jordan four years ago. He lost some of his memory during an airstrike that destroyed his house and neighbourhood. With the solar light, Omar has been able to rebuild his life by working as a mobile phone repairer. Since the solar light can charge mobile phones as well, it gives Omar an opportunity to generate additional income.


Khitarn Zuhoor is a mother of four children who arrived in Jordan in 2011. The solar light is helpful for Khitarn's children to study with her husband's help. She knows that if her daughter, who is ill, needs something in the night, a light is only an arm's reach away.

Reaching the last mile: 

Aqaba Camp has massive numbers of refugees, therefore HRF identified beneficiaries who will benefit the most from the light such as people who live in tents or huts, people who live with the most number of children, highest number of elderly people and disabled refugees. HRF assigned a distribution point where beneficiaries will get a short training on how to use and maintain the solar light.

The challenges: 

There are two major challenges with the distribution of the solar lights: the large size of camp area and the number of people in need of the technology. HRF have an assigned distribution point, however it is too far for some people to access the technology, especially when they first arrive at the camp after travelling long distances to flee the conflict.

Another challenge is that many people who arrived on the solar light distribution day weren't part of the target group, which was limited to those who lived in homemade huts or tents, the elderly, and people who lived with vulnerable or disabled refugees. Although those who were not part of the target group did not received solar lights, our partner used this opportunity to distribute basic food packs that are supported by its other partners.

Technology feedback
Human Relief Foundation
Human Relief Foundation

Light Up Aqaba, Jordan