Don’t you just love the name – Waka Waka. It’s a fun name to say but even better, it’s a light that gives back. The Waka Waka company is giving solar light to countries and needy people, who don’t have anyway to get electricity. Electricity is something we take for granted in the United States but there are still plenty of people who don’t have it.
We met the Waka Waka people in New York City at CES Unveiled and had the chance to test out their lights. They gave us one to take home and try out for ourselves. The Waka Waka light is a powerful solar light. This nifty solar light is great for camping, for emergencies, and supports a great cause!
The Waka Waka Solar light is super powerful and easy to use and is about the size and weight of a smartphone. A high efficiency solar panel is embedded on the back of the Waka Waka light for charging in the sun. When you want to use it, just press the button. Press it multiple times until you get the lighting strength you want. There are two powerful LED lights on the front and a stand that folds up when not in use.
There’s even more to be glad about – the Waka Waka Solar Light can also power and charge up any of your USB devices. Just plug it in and the solar panel converts the sun into power. The Waka Waka Solar Light fully charges a smartphone in about 2 hours and provides up to 150 hours of light on a single charge.
After your purchase, use the unique Give Code included in each Waka Waka Solar light package to choose where in the world a special version of the WakaWaka Light will be sent to (on your behalf).
WakaWaka has already donated more than 15,000 solar lights to emergency relief organizations in Liberia and Sierra Leone. WakaWaka is dedicated to help bring light and power to the courageous health care workers and first responders and the families that are battling the spread of the virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. #WakaWakaLIVE The Ebola crisis has slipped from the headlines, the infections keep rising. As of last week: 20,000 infected, 7,900 lives lost, and 7,000 children who have lost one or both parents. 90% of Ebola-affected areas have no access to electricity.
WakaWaka (‘shine bright’ in Swahili) – a social enterprise on a mission to end extreme energy poverty – develops, manufactures and markets high-tech low-cost solar powered lights and chargers. In less than two years, WakaWaka has helped bring light and power to more than 650,000 people. However, over 1.2 billion people still have no access to electricity and are forced to depend on toxic and dangerous kerosene. 16,000 people are burned each day by kerosene lamps and each year, indoor pollution kills more people than AIDS and malaria combined. Replacing kerosene lamps with WakaWakas has a critical, large-scale effect on health, safety, education, community and economic development, especially in remote regions, disaster-struck, or war-torn areas. For every WakaWaka retail purchase, one is given to a family in need.