The IKEA Social Initiative partners with UNICEF to promote the rights of every child to a healthy, secure childhood and access to quality education.
For every SUNNAN solar-powered lamp sold in IKEA stores worldwide, another lamp is given to UNICEF to light up the lives of children who may not have access to electricity.
A total of 66,740 SUNNAN solar-powered lamps are being distributed to 6,494 schools and women’s literacy groups in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).
One hundred such solar-powered SUNNAN lamps, arrived last month at the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) residential school in UP.
Specially made for developing countries like India, these sturdy SUNNAN solar-powered lamps are designed to resist the wear and tear of difficult living situations and include a battery capable of withstanding high temperatures.
The KGBV residential school programme, was launched by the Government of India in 2004 for girls from scheduled castes, schedule tribes and other minority groups.
This school is in a rural area where electricity is often not available for two to four days at a time. Usually at night the girls just while away the time in the dark.
Now every student is getting her own lamp so she can manage her study time as she likes, says Juhi Kishore, the principal of KGBV.
Thirteen year old Anamika loves to study English and she wants to become a doctor one day. “The lights will be very useful so I can study more,” says Anamika.
“There are lots of problems with electricity here. If we have lamps we can work at night. I will have more time to study,” adds Anamika.