What do you think Christmas lights look like?
On our recent visit to Rwanda, one of the things that most moved my friend Dan Richardson and I was meeting a homeless widow who had had a house built for her through a tourist project. She proudly showed us her home and also a single light bulb she'd been given which had transformed her life.
Most villagers there still rely on kerosene lamps which provide very poor light and also have terrible effects on health from eye-sight to lungs (I read the other day using a kerosene lamp is the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day). For around $15/£11 a new solar lightbulb can transform home, health and bring life to a village after dark. So simple.
After seeing that, the consumerism of Christmas and the endless drive for gifts back in the UK has been a bit of a shock to adjust back to. My friends and family have been asking what I would like as a gift and I've now arrived at my answer. I'd like solar light bulbs please and that's what I will be giving many people too.
We'd like to open up that opportunity to you guys too. Our aim is to, by Christmas, pay for 100 bulbs for a village in Rwanda. We have friends on the ground there who will ensure the bulbs are bought, distributed and we'll post pictures of that happening too to close the loop. They are £11 each, so a donation of a multiple of that will allow us to buy the number you'd like to donate.
I for one know which lights represent the spirit of Christmas most for me, I hope some of you will agree.
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