Having viewed a solar desk light we took with us to Liberia, ZOA Refugee Care expressed an interest in using solar lighting to help girls in Liberia.
Many girls do their homework on the streets of Monrovia at night, using the street lights for illumination. Unfortunately, this often means that they are exposed to sexual exploitation and rape. ZOA Refugee Care has asked Mineke Foundation to look into the possibilities solar lighting can offer in this regard.
Solar lighting fits in with the Foundation's philosophy and plans. Our philosophy entails a minimum of charity as we feel that charity and gifts increase people's dependence on (foreign) aid rather than encourage self reliance. This means that we believe that the idea of solar lighting should be explored through a form of (social) entrepreneurship.
Mineke Foundation would like to come into contact with individuals or organisations who have concrete experience working in Africa or other post-war developing nations, and who would be willing to explore this concept further.