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Project Liter of Light

A project by: Nigerian Students Society

Successful

WE RAISED £5,678

from 46 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 07 Apr 2017
Light up communities with sustainable lamps

Summary

We aim to raise £3000 to make solar powered lights out of cheap materials to provide sustainable and affordable lighting solutions to an impoverished community in Lagos, Nigeria.

Who are we?

We are The Nigerian Students Society, a group passionate about making a positive difference to the world through the gift of LIGHT. To many, light is a convenience often taken for granted in this modern age but there are still global communities that are in the dark. We believe that these communities should not be forgotten and we have teamed up with an innovative organisation called ‘Liter of Light’ to fulfil our mission.

‘Liter of Light’ (Liter being the American spelling of Litre) is a global open source movement founded by Illac Diaz in 2011 aiming to provide ecologically sustainable lighting for simple structured buildings. The easily constructed device consists of a 1-2L bottle fashioned into a solar bulb and filled with water delivering as much light as a 40 – 60 watt incandescent bulb.

Liter of Light has installed over than 350,000 bottle lights in more than 15 countries and taught marginalized communities how to use recycled plastic bottles and locally sourced materials to illuminate their homes, businesses and streets.

The project

The ‘Liter of light’ movement has made an impact on nearly every global continent and our main project aim is to take ‘Liter of light’ to LAGOS, NIGERIA. We have assembled a team based both in the U.K. and Nigeria to successfully run this project. The ultimate outcome will involve a trip for our team plus recruited volunteers to Makoko in Lagos. Makoko is a renowned impoverished area of Lagos where energy poverty is prevalent.

Our project uniquely emphasises acquiring the key component of the device from recyclable water bottles; as waste management is currently a huge issue in the city.

We also plan to hold ‘Liter of light’ workshops where we will teach local residents how to produce and install the solar bottle lights. This provides an opportunity for them to earn a living. From this approach, not only will we see homes illuminated during our trip; but it will also open up this skill as a resource to provide light to many beyond our stay.

The impact of your donations will provide sustainable lighting to communities with little or no electricity; a reality that is often only dreamed of.

Where will the money go?

The money will go towards:

Material needed to assemble 400 solar-powered Lights:

350 6v Solar panels @ £8 each = £2400

50 20v Solar Panels @ £30 each = £1500

350 3v batteries @ £5 each = £2000

50 12v Batteries @ 30 each = £1500

Other materials needed = £1500

Cost for paying 28 local electricians and 28 local carpenters (for installation) @ £30 each= £1680

Every £14 donated means we can buy the materials needed to make one 'Liter of Light' solar light.

Rewards

We are happy to receive donations of any amount you can spare towards this great cause. All donors will be included in our weekly shoutout on our Facebook page in the duration of our campaign.

- £10 - An email from the team thanking you for your donation

-£25 - You will be included in our weekly shoutout on our Facebook page in the duration of our campaign.

-£50 - Chance to opt in to our mailing list to receive exclusive project updates and pictures.

If you are able to sponsor £100 or more we will be giving out more substantial rewards.

-£100 - A Liter of Light T-shirt- valued at £9.99

(4 to claim)

-£200 - A 'Liter of Light' T shirt and solar light unit- valued at £9.99 & £14.00

(1 to claim)

There is also an option for sponsorship offline if this option is preferable please contact literlight.nigeria@gmail.com.

If you are from a company that would like to support our project, sponsoring our campaign can offer new opportunities for brand awareness and promotion through supporting sustainability. Please contact literlight.nigeria@gmail.com for more information on our sponsorship marketing packages.

Help us succeed

Donors to the University of Nottingham's Cascade Grants programme have agreed to fund a large part of this project on the condition that we raise a minimum of £1000. This means that every pound donated up to £7,300 will be doubled!

If we can raise above the minimum target of £1000, this would mean that the project would be scaled up accordingly. Thus, more solar panels will be purchased and installed, and more areas of the community would benefit. However, if we are unable to raise our minimum target of £1000, this would sadly mean that our project would have to be scaled down.

Please sponsor our project now and help to light up the community of Makoko! It would also be a great help if you could share this campaign with your networks via social media using the buttons on this page.

Find us here

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LiterofLightNigeria

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/lol_nigeria

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/literoflightnigeria/

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpuhJhsNUShS2_2tEC2_aQ

EMAIL: literlight.nigeria@gmail.com

2 months, 3 weeks ago

From the depths of our hearts, THANK YOU for supporting this campaign to bring light to marginalised communities in Nigeria, some of who consider light a luxury.

Now, because of your contribution, our project can be EXECUTED, more children can be INSPIRED and more people can be EMPOWERED.

Our journey has just begun. We will keep you posted with the progress. So stay tuned to our social media pages and our website www.literoflightnigeria.org.

Liter of Light Nigeria Team!

2 months, 3 weeks ago

Hi

Thanks to you our donors and helpers, we have almost reached our target. With 2 days left to go before the end of our campaign, we need your help to reach our target.

Your donations will mean another home will have a Liter of Light lantern.

Which means more kids can use light for there homework and late night study; which means more smiles on many faces.

If you have been thinking of donating, we encourage you to not put it off, add you name and your voice to this project and add value to the lives of many. https://spsr.me/o31h

Liter of Light Nigeria Team!

Cascade matchfunded £2839

Nigerian Students Society

generated 1145 clicks, donated £25.00, and caused 20 donations totalling £1644.00

Iyelola

generated 135 clicks and caused 1 donation of £50.00

Tolu Taiwo

generated 46 clicks and caused 2 donations totalling £35.00

ExternalRelations

generated 77 clicks and caused 1 donation of £10.00

Yemisi Olufemi Adedeji

generated 96 clicks

Uyi Maxinova Okunkpolor

generated 28 clicks

Grace Ani-Udeozor

generated 24 clicks and donated £10.00

wigwambam

generated 18 clicks

Cevic Udeozor

generated 13 clicks

Gina

generated 9 clicks

Drbolataiwo

donated £1111.00

SU Volunteer Centre Development Fund

donated £500.00

Samuel Adeleke

donated £200.00

Omonstony

donated £50.00

Joshua Hitchcock

donated £20.00

Ken Cheung

donated £10.00

Aneesu Mangena

donated

Annalisa Mensah

donated

Emma Louise

donated

Simon Buttenshaw

signed up to help

Joyy Adeleye

signed up to help

20 anonymous donations totalling £410.00

Only project creators and their sponsors can post comments.

It has been a pleasure and privilege to support this project on my daughter's behalf. Tolu. I pray all goes well with you all. Dr Taiwo.

It's 'Lit'.

Good job. Keep up the good work

Good luck on this project. I hope you guys make real changes.

God bless your project

I am not a member of staff, I am an Associate.

Donate!

Well done, great concept.

What a wonderful project! Good luck!!

All the best team!

Great work!!!! Let's help build up our Nation Nigeria 🇳🇬

What a great cause!