Our Projects

Lights. Camera. Action.

As a Give Power customer, every time you buy an illumination solar product you also give a family in need the gift of light. Our Give Power funded projects are active in Bali, Mozambique and the Philippines, but we also work in partnership with many charities and AID organisations to create change and give power to those who have none.

Take a tour of our Give Power projects around the world and the fantastic impact they’re having. We promise it will brighten your day.

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illumination in Bali – Give Power in action 

Most Australians know and love Bali for its stunning beaches, warm water and even warmer people. What most Australians don’t know is that despite all the money coming into Bali from tourism, more than 50,000 families in Bali are still too poor to have access to electricity. We were certainly shocked by this when we found out, so we made Bali one of our “Give Power” destinations. If you have ever been to Bali, we are sure you will want to help Give Power to a Balinese family.

Project details

Partners: Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation, East Bali Poverty Project,
Main Region of Operation: East Bali
Started: 2011
People Using illumination Products: > 4,500
Money Saved on Kerosene Annually: > $70,200

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illumination in Mozambique

In a country as poor and vulnerable as Mozambique, extreme climatic events can push entire communities to the brink of disaster. In the past three decades alone, Mozambique has suffered the impact of 35 hydro-meteorological disasters, affecting nearly 16 million people. illumination works with Concern Worldwide to combat the ongoing impacts of these events through the supply of solar lights and solar chargers.

Give Power in action

Mozambique has one of Africa’s longest and most diverse coastlines. Over 60% of Mozambicans live in coastal areas, putting significant pressure on the marine environment, with many species vulnerable to illegal poaching.

illumination is collaborating with the Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) which works to bridge the gap between endangered marine life and the communities who live alongside it.

Nemos Pequenos “Little Nemos” is MMF’s flagship education program, teaching young people how to live with and protect the marine environment. The children and trainee instructors participating in Nemos Pequenos do not have electricity in their homes and this dramatically impacts their ability to learn.

Thanks to the generosity of Illumination’s Give Power customers, Mandarin 2 Solar Lights are being presented to children and instructors who graduate from the Nemos Pequenos program as Ocean Guardians. These young Mozambicans will, for the first time, have safe, clean light in their homes after dark.

“With Mandarin 2 Solar Lights, our children will study longer. Our eldest likes to teach his siblings but has to stop when it gets dark,” says Joaqim Faniero from Bomba Village. The children will also be much safer. An incredible ¾ of residents have direct experience of their home or a friend’s home burning down due to kerosene lamps or candles.

Project details

Partners: Concern Worldwide
Main Region of Operation: All
Started: 2013
People Using illumination Products: > 10,000
Money Saved on Kerosene Annually: > $100,000

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illumination in the Philippines

The central Philippines has seen two devastating storms in the past year, with thousands of lives lost and hundreds of thousands left homeless. illumination has worked with many different organisations to bring safe, clean, free light to the victims, many of whom remain homeless.

Give Power in action

illumination has put together a unique combination of organisations to launch a leading edge project to deliver clean, free energy to thousands of families in Philippines. The partnership of the Morris Family Foundation (Founders of global IT giant, Computershare), Kadasig Aid and Disaster ReliefPath Foundation and illumination brings together a funder, a product supplier and two grass-roots aid organisations to provide the full spectrum of program delivery.

In its first stage, the program will distribute a Camping Pack, consisting of two Mandarin 2 Solar Lights, and one Lime 2 Solar Charger to 1200 families.

Project details

Partners: Department of Social Welfare and Development, PATH Foundation Philippines, Kadasig Aid and Development,International Organisation for Migration
Main Region of Operation: Central
Started: 2012
People Using illumination Products: > 100,000
Money Saved on Kerosene Annually: > $1,000,000
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Indonesia

illumination in Indonesia

Indonesia experiences far more than its share of natural disasters every year, from small scale floods affecting one or two provinces to major disasters like 2004’s devastating tsunami. The Indonesian Government does its best to prepare for these events by stockpiling emergency relief goods ready to be released as soon as disaster strikes. illumination works with the Indonesian Government (via BBP) to provide solar lights for these emergency supplies.

Project details

Partners: International Board for Disaster Management (BNBP – Indonesian Government)
Main Region of Operation: All
Started: 2012
People Using illumination Products: > 250,000
Money Saved on Kerosene Annually: > $3,000,000

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illumination in Pakistan

The Indus Valley in Pakistan floods regularly due to the huge amount of water that falls in its catchment during the monsoon season. It is a highly populated area and floods like those in late 2010 can displace over 14 million people. With funds from international governments, illumination regularly works with the International Organisation for Migration to provide solar lights to those displaced by the floods. One project distributed 80,000 solar lights, which we believe is the largest number of solar lights ever distributed in a single relief project.

Project details

Partners: International Organisation for Migration, HANDS International, USAID, DFID, People of Japan, People of Canada, European Union
Main Region of Operation: Indus Valley Region
Started: 2011
People Using illumination Products: > 1,000,000
Money Saved on Kerosene Annually: > $25,000,000
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Tanzania

illumination in Tanzania

Illumination’s mission to eliminate energy poverty began in Arusha,Tanzania. So this project and those that carry it on hold a very special place in our hearts. Since 2011 illumination East Africa has been running a successful retail operation selling illumination products to people living without electricity in the Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions. Our friends Eli Mtango and Edith Banzi do an amazing job in a very tough market and we are very happy to continue to support them.

Project details

Partner: illumination East Africa
Main Region of Operation: Arusha, Kilimanjaro
Started: 2011
People Using illumination Products: 150,000
Money Saved on Kerosene Annually: $1.5m

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illumination in Thailand

The Bamboo School in Northern Thailand is truly an amazing place, providing free education for some of Thailand’s poorest children. It also offers opportunities for all members of the local community to learn new skills. In this sense it is a true “School for Life” as it bills itself. The Bamboo School runs a unique social enterprise selling illumination products and other goods in order to provide the funding required to operate the school.

Project details

Partners: Mechai Viravaidya Foundation, Mechai Bamboo School
Main Region of Operation: Northen Thailand
Started: 2014
People Using illumination Products: > 5,000
Money Saved on Kerosene Annually: > $250,000 

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Mauritania

illumination in Mauritania

Mauritania is home to refugees from conflicts in Mali who are stranded in the Mauritanian desert with little food or water. The international community via various AID organisations works to ensure these people are supplied with food and safety. illumination works with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to bring safe, clean light to the refugees.

Project details

Partners: International Organisation for Migration
Main Region of Operation: Northern Mali
Started: 2014
People Using illumination Products: > 15,000
Money Saved on Kerosene Annually: > $750,000

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South Africa

illumination in South Africa

Whilst South Africa remains one of Africa’s strongest economies, millions of South Africans still live below the poverty line. South Africa also suffers from frequent power cuts to both rural and urban areas, which affect the whole population. illumination has recently entered into a partnership with Blue Future Solar to distribute our products on a retail and AID basis. Through the use of solar we hope to rid South Africa of the need for cooling towers – and the need to paint them!

Project details

Partners: Blue Future Solar
Main Region of Operation: All
Started: 2014
People Using illumination Products: > 2,500

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Somalia

illumination in Somalia

The people of Somalia have endured decades of civil war and unrest. Recently, however, some semblance of peace has returned and economic activity is increasing. Most of the population still live in poverty and very few have access to electricity. illumination has partnered with Bakaal, an international money exchange firm helping immigrants send money back to their families, to distribute Bakaal branded solar lights and chargers to retailers and AID agencies across Somalia.

Project details

Partners: Bakaal
Main Region of Operation: All
Started: 2013
People Using illumination Products: > 10,000

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Zimbabwe

illumination in Zimbabwe

The people of Zimbabwe have experienced a significant amount of economic hardship in the past decade. A large number of the country’s 14 million people live below the poverty line and without access to electricity. illumination has a number of distribution relationships in Zimbabwe and we provide pocket solar energy mainly to people in rural areas.

Project details

Partners: Eyegate Investments, Elbtree Energy
Main Region of Operation: All
Started: 2013
People Using illumination Products: > 10,000

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