Kiziba refugee camp is located in western Rwanda, close to the boarder of Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s the size of a town with 20,000 people living in it. And no access to electricity.

The foundation Global BrightLight teamed up with Great Lakes Energy and distributed 3,700 solar lamps, one for each household in Kiziba camp. The solar lamps were not handed out as freebies, they were rather a part of an exchange program where residents of Kiziba planted more than 20,000 trees as a reforestation project.

UNHCR, the UN’s agency to protect refugees, organized training sessions with community leaders, whom in turn, educated their friends and families how to utilize and care for the solar lanterns.

We were interested to hear from the people who received the lamps what the benefits were and spent a couple of weeks together with the lovely people of Kiziba and shot what was going on.

Josette Khalil