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