Solar Buddy

Solar Buddy

One in five people live without electricity and the results are devastating – condemning billions to darkness, ill health, unfulfilled futures and repeated cycles of poverty. Families that rely on kerosene lanterns for lighting after dusk are exposed to toxic fumes that can damage their eyesight and lungs. Without a reliable light source to study with at night a child’s education stagnates as they are unable to develop the necessary skills to break the cycle of poverty.

  • Energy poverty kills more people each year than malaria, HIV and AIDS combined
  • Kerosene lanterns produce more than 190 million tons of CO2 emissions annually
  • Two million children die each year from toxic kerosene fumes
  • Poor families can spend up to 40% of their income on kerosene
  • Providing a SolarBuddy light to a child living in energy poverty changes lives

Instant Impact



An Impact Assessment report indicates students study 78% longer with a solar light



A solar light reduces reliance on toxic energy like diesel and kerosene



Families spend less on expensive lighting like candles and batteries



Reduces reliance on burning wood and kerosene for lighting decreasing CO2 emissions

How we’ll make a difference

Our partnership is focused on providing SolarBuddy lights to children in PNG, Timor and Cambodia to help them study at night for a better education.

The TechnologyOne Foundation is committed to donating 1% of annual profit to support our vision of changing the future by empowering underprivileged and at risk youth to transform their lives.