Nokero: Giving Light to Learn in Liberia

Reporting by Emmanuel Ford, ChildFund Liberia

girl with solar light

Amelia uses her Nokero light to study at home.

Amelia, 12, is accustomed to maneuvering around her home in darkness. Everyday activities like eating, cleaning and studying her fifth-grade lessons are best completed before sunset. Like many of the children in her school, Amelia lives in Klay Town, a community with no electricity. With the help of ChildFund and Nokero, Amelia’s future looks a little brighter.

“Nokero helps me pass my lessons in school,” she says. “It can save us from burning our houses [accidents with candles or lanterns happen all too often], and I will use Nokero to walk in the dark.”

Amelia attends the Gertrude Yancy Public School, where 48 Nokero solar lights were delivered earlier this year. Teachers, students and community members celebrated the arrival of the lights, which will reduce the need for dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps and mini torch lights.

parents and students in classroom

Parents are pleased to see the improved lighting at the Gertrude Yancy School reading room, made possible by Nokero solar lights (attached at ceiling).

“ChildFund has built our children schools, distributed shoes to them, and now they are coming with light bulbs,” said one parent.

But it is the innovation and design of the Nokero solar lights that have brought this community joy. Nokero, short for no kerosene, is a portable, solar-powered light created for multiple uses. In Klay Town, these lights illuminate the dimly lit classrooms of Gertrude Yancy Public School. Students may also check out a light to take to their homes. By enabling evening reading and studying, Nokero solar lights are eliminating a major barrier to learning in this community—darkness.

ChildFund and Nokero will continue their partnership to bring light to other children without electricity. Designed specifically for reading, new Nokero Ed book lights will be delivered to ChildFund children in communities without power. For children like Amelia, a book light can mean the difference between passing and failing classes. She is just one among millions of children living without sufficient lighting, and she knows it.

“I want all my friends to use Nokero to study their lessons, too,” she said.

For only $6, you can help Amelia’s friends and countless other children across the globe. Visit our website  to donate a light to learn.

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