The ‘Beacon of hope UAE’ is a non-profit social enterprise that was founded in March 2016, under the patronage of Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, granddaughter of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The initiative worked with young engineering students at Khalifa University to develop a simple-to-assemble solar-light kit, or ‘beacon-in-a-box’, which are delivered to children in war-torn or impoverished areas of the world. There, the children are taught to assemble their own light, which not only gives the youth a lesson in the science and physics of solar-light, but leaves them with a sense of accomplishment at having created it themselves. The ‘beacon-in-a-box’ solar-lights have more than the power to illuminate the night, they have the power to illuminate the mind. ‘Beacon of Hope UAE’ is providing opportunity and hope, one light… and one child, at a time.
To date the initiative have impacted thousands of children in need in Liberia, rural Morocco, Yemen, Somalia, Puerto Rico, Djibouti, Zanzibar and refugee camps in both Jordan and Iraq. Through education, the initiative aims to create a way forward for the children living in these challenged regions, and spur not only a curiosity for learning, but also aspire to light the fire of hope in each of these young minds.
For more information on ‘Beacon of Hope UAE’, please visit: https://www.beaconofhopeuae.com