The BoGo Light is a scientific, eco-friendly breakthrough that is making an impact worldwide. It is improving the lives of individuals, families, and entire villages throughout the world by replacing costly kerosene, candles, and disposable battery flashlights with an affordable, long lasting, solar flashlight. BoGo means "Buy one, Give one." With each light purchased in the developed world, the BoGo Light company donates a second identical light to an organization that will distribute it in the developing world. You can choose from two models priced at $39 or $49.
Why does light matter? Two billion people living in the developing world rely on kerosene lanterns, candles, and single-use battery flashlights for light at night. Not only are these options expensive, dangerous, and harmful to the environment, they also negatively impact health, education, and security. The BoGo Lights provide an opportunity for children to read at night and to extend school hours. This is especially important in developing countries where most children spend all day tending crops, taking care of livestock, or working in cottage industries. Kerosene is increasingly expensive, especially given the recent rise in the price of petrochemicals, so many families cannot afford it. Flashlights are even more expensive, and candles do not provide adequate lighting to read. As a result, many children will never learn to read and will be trapped in a life of poverty. BoGo Lights give them a chance at a better life, thus education is one of the strongest pillars in their vision to light the world.
I love this flashlight! It's truly a melding of great design (comes in bright orange or hot pink), functionality and opportunity to make a difference. When you buy a BoGo Light, you can have the company donate the other light on your behalf; or you can pick from one of the 70+ organizations listed on their website to be the organization to receive your other light and distribute to a child or family in need in their program. You can search by several subcategories of causes such as health, education, U.S. military, environmental, etc. to find partnering organizations.
One new-to-me non-profit organization benefitting from BoGo Light is MEDRIX (Medical, Educational and Development of Resources through International Exchange) which provides medical education and safe water development in Southeast Asia. MEDRIX volunteers (including doctors and other health professionals from the United States) have helped train health workers in Southeast Asia, refurbished health clinics, and developed an ultraviolet water treatment system to provide clean and safe water. This BoGo group of non-profit partners is a great place to learn about many other organizations supporting rural, impoverished communities around the world like Shoulder to Shoulder in Honduras, Carpenter's Kids in Tanzania, East Africa, and Paradis des Indiens in Haiti.
So GO! BOGO online... not only will you get a great new tool for your next camping trip or rolling blackout... but you'll learn how your gift of light will truly make a difference in this world.