During 2012-2013, Synergy Facilities Ltd, based in India, has teamed up with HiNation to provide HiLight to 900 families in India in Project HiLight India. The project focuses on 4 states where access to electricity is low, and poverty levels are high: Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Orissa. As an example, 95% of the population in Bihar use kerosene for light.
- Life comes to a standstill after dark, as kerosene lamps give very low visibility. Using kerosene for light is actually one of the MOST energy inefficient ways of creating light, as most energy turns into heat.
- Smoke from kerosene lamps are responsible for respiratory infections, lung and throat cancer, serious eye infections, cataracts as well as low birth weight.
- Acute respiratory infections like influenza and pneumonia kill nearly 2 million children in developing nations each year. World Bank estimates that 780 million women and children breathing kerosene fumes inhale the equivalent of smoke from two packs of cigarettes a day.
- Kerosene and candles cause countless fire catastrophes every year. In India, 2.5 million people (350,000 of them children) suffer severe burns each year, primarily due to overturned kerosene lamps.
- 2.2 billion litres of kerosene is burnt each year in India for lighting, equivalent to ~5.5 million tons CO2 emitted to the atmosphere – every year!
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