Little Sun is a social project that seeks through the implementation of LED lamps, providing light to communities without access to energy networks to help improve working conditions, health and education.
According to the latest report World Economic Oultlook ( WEO ) of the International Energy Agency IEA , 1.3 billion people worldwide still live without access to electricity, with 22% of the population living in developing countries. The most affected are countries like India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia.
In the absence of a light source, dangerous tools have been implemented as kerosene lamps, that besides causing pollution to emit carbon dioxide (CO2), are expensive and can cause breathing problems or accidents with serious consequences as burns.
Also, having no electricity, many of the affected populations in areas such as education, since children can not do their homework after sunset; health, and that medical treatments are limited to developed only in the hours where no natural light and the economy because businesses must close early and working hours are restricted.
Concerned about this situation, the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen developed the Little Sun Project, an initiative that using a beautiful LED lamp, impacts the coverage areas without light, giving them the opportunity to improve their quality of life training and working with local entrepreneurs who build profitable businesses and distribute the lamplight Little Sun door to door.
The launch of the project took place in 2012 in the British National Museum of Modern Art with the purpose of making people aware of the plight of millions of people around the world who have no access to energy.
The lamp, which stores five hours of daylight and three years of life, has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 people in countries like Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal and Ghana selling approximately 124,000 lamps and reducing 8,300 tons of emissions CO2.
Little Sun Project also has a presence in Europe, Japan and the American continent in countries like Canada, United States and Colombia. In our country, this project works closely with the Menorah Foundation , an entity located in the capital working on the development of social projects focusing on education.
Little Sun lamp has a cost of 22 euros. The money acquired through its purchase is invested to build the distribution system and create more lamps that can be purchased in countries without energy coverage at a more affordable price, bringing light to those most in need.
Art and engineering come together for bright ideas as Little Sun Project, which through the use of sunlight not only a better quality of life for those in the XXI century offers still living in the darkness, but to decrease gradually contamination by the use of fuels that affect the planet and the health of those living in it.