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Support for ongoing projects has continued unabated in 2017 and now into 2018, further establishing the influence that Trade Aid UK has been able to give to important relief programmes worldwide. Much of this has been enabled by the continued sale of Trade Aid UK Granulated and Caster Sugar through Tesco Stores and online at Ocado together with the sale of ethical travel insurance through its partner www.travelandinsure.com. The use of external aid agencies and charities has been instrumental in us being able to reach the remotest parts of the globe where often the needs are greatest. The individual aid projects supported by the Trade Aid UK Foundation can be viewed by simply scrolling up and down the project panel on this page and clicking on the project that interests you.

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Solar Powered Lighting Initiative

Trade Aid Uk is supporting Compassion UK in 2018 to provide solar lighting to remote villages in rural Kenya. The long-term benefits of this intervention are an improvement in health due to the reduction of air pollution from kerosene lamps and a reduction in lighting related expenses.

With the unstable price of oil in the international market, it is more often than not beyond the reach of many Kenyan families in the rural areas and, as such, they opt to stay in the dark without lighting. On average, the households supported by Compassion Kenya make the equivalent of $1.25 per day ($37.50 a month) from casual jobs. Spending $8 per month for lighting leaves them with $29.50 per month to live on. For those who can afford fuel for lighting, they use kerosene.

As families use kerosene lamps, it continues to cause indoor pollution which is one of the leading causes of respiratory problems in children. A child’s first five years of life are very crucial and therefore the caregivers need to ensure that the child’s environment is safe to promote holistic child development. In ensuring proper lighting is offered to the Compassion-supported families, their babies will grow up in an environment free from the pollution that comes from the use of kerosene.

Providing solar lamps to the affected households will go a long way in helping the Compassion-supported families in Kenya. These lamps are easy to install and the LED provides high quality illumination. There is no maintenance cost required therefore this is a one-time investment with a long lasting impact. Additionally, the lamps have the ability to charge appliances such as mobile phones and this will result in the caregivers saving time and money which was previously spent on looking for charging booths.

You can find more about the work of Compassion UK by visiting their website at www.compassionuk.org

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