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HiLight Brings Light to 900 Families in India

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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.

Do you think kerosene lamps are cosy? 🙂 Let’s look at some facts:
  • 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!
Project HiLight India is partly financed by programme Demo Environment, organized by Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and financed by SIDA. The project promotes sustainable growth and environmental technologies that contribute to improved living conditions for people in seven partner countries, among them India.Do you want to support the project in providing light, health and connectivity in India? Follow the project by klicking Like on Facebook!In a few days, the team will also launch Christmas gift cards providing HiLights to more families in need – the perfect gift for someone who already have got access to power!

 

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