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    Making sure the protection house is truly safe for all

    Day 36

    Light All Night

    Changemakers 365 is all about doing the doable. It’s about opening our eyes to the opportunities to make an impact in a person’s life with relatively few resources – and making change each and every day of the year.

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    There is so much power in knowing there’s a safe place for you to land. In Juru, the protection house stands for this kind of safety, promising shelter, comfort, and peace of mind. But when a safe space is missing key safety features, all that solace vanishes.

    At Juru’s protection house, a lack of lighting is the biggest safety concern. When it gets dark, staying safe gets riskier, which is especially troubling when you consider how many people specifically use the protection houses at night.

    Khalid, an OPM worker in Juru told us, “The challenge of a lack of lights is simply a threat to security.” But though challenging, there’s certainly a solution to a lack of lights, and the community had just the fix: solar lights! We got to work installing a solar system to make sure everyone stays safe, no matter the hour.

    Already, people are enjoying the new system. “Before, because of the darkness, it was difficult to wake up in the night to breastfeed my baby. So this light will really help us all,” said one occupant.

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