PEOPLE are being urged to ditch the traditional Christmas gifts this festive season and instead buy solar lamps for families in Uganda as part of a scheme by Coventry charity Global Care.
Many families in the African country are without access to electricity and rely on kerosene lamps which emit more black carbon per litre than a diesel car.
Black carbon causes more damage to the environment than CO2 and the fumes from the lamps are also dangerous for users, causing respiratory diseases and posing a fire risk because of naked flames being in close proximity to thatched or wooden huts.
In contrast, solar lamps are cleaner, greener, healthier, safer and free to use for a family living in poverty.
Global Care’s lamp should last a family for up to three years and cost just £16, including transport within Uganda, and delivery to an identified family.
The UK donor gets a gift pack explaining the scheme, including a card which they can use to write a message to the friend or loved one they give the lamp to.
Global Care CEO John Write said: “Our solar lamps are a low-cost, high-impact climate change and poverty alleviation intervention.”
He added the scheme had the potential to make life healthier and less expensive for some of the poorest families on the planet whilst also helping fight climate change.
“It’s a win-win.”
Lamps are available at www.globalcare.org/solar-lamp or by calling 030 030 21 030
Global Care supports children living in poverty in 16 countries on four continents, and has almost 40 years of experience working in Uganda.