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    Helping a new community in Kismayo get back on their feet

    Day 87

    Lighting the Way

    It’s no secret that access to consistent sources of light can be life-changing. We’ve seen it firsthand in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, and with youth in Somalia. Now, we’re bringing light to a brand new community in Somalia – one that needs help getting back on their feet.

    This new neighborhood is made up of former refugees, all coming back from outside the country. And our ARC team in Kismayo has worked hard to create a community specifically designed to meet their needs, providing a welcoming environment where they can restart their lives.

    For Day 87, we had an idea for a finishing touch – some lanterns!

    And these aren’t just any old lanterns. These are Watts of Love lanterns, made possible by the Shine on Project! They’re powered by the sun, so that families don’t have to rely on the power grid to keep their houses alight.

    “For many people, these lanterns will be a source of light in the house,” said Anab from the ARC team. “They can be used for things like studying for youth.”

    They’ll also be used to go back and forth to latrines, and other resources like the clinic and market.

    Imagine having access to light at night for the very first time – what would you do? Especially for the young people in this neighborhood, these lanterns can be a game changer. Its opens up a world of possibilities that simply were impossible only yesterday.

    Thank you, Shine on and Watts of Love for making that change possible!

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