Light Up The World (LUTW) brings electricity to off-grid communities in developing countries. Most of our projects are implemented through volunteer partnerships that LUTW has with top Albertan schools and corporations. With the outbreak of COVID-19, on March 11, we took the decision to postpone the upcoming solar volunteer projects. These projects bring access to energy to schools, medical clinics and community buildings, while giving students from the University of Calgary or SAIT a valuable and unique hands-on learning experience. The COVID-19 situation has evolved to a point where we are now facing a much more severe impact that involves cancelling all our 10 volunteer projects that we had planned for 2020.
The impact on our organization’s continuity is significant. These 10 projects have a combined budget of approximately $400,000, which covers roughly 50% of our operational budget. While we have taken immediate steps to cut back on expenses by reducing staff hours, restructuring and eliminating expenses related to now unfeasible fundraising events – we are in need of urgent financial support to help us navigate these challenging times and continue operations.
Funding will be used to help the organization to pivot and focus on other program areas such as our solar energy training and education programs in Calgary.
These are extremely challenging times. Your donation will help ensure Light Up The World, and the impact of our work, can continue into the future. We appreciate everyone for visiting this site and exploring how you can make a difference. We wish you all good health and look forward to thanking you all in person once this situation is over.