Lighting for Literacy (LFL) is a humanitarian project for youth providing an educational pathway through math, science, and engineering.
Some of the LFL units made in Windsor have been installed through our partners with Seeds of Learning in Nicaragua. Here’s the latest! LFL in Nicaragua
In the spring of 2016, LFL volunteers “took it on the road” to lead workshops at Windsor Oaks Academy, Windsor’s alternative high school — an exciting development! (Photos below) Workshops there are now a regular occurrence, along with the Saturday workshops at the church.
Hands-On Learning and Service
Lighting for Literacy is a youth-centered Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program to teach the fundamentals of building a low cost, renewable LED lighting system. Each system is assembled and tested by each of the students to benefit underserved youth around the world. It is estimated that 1.5 billion people, 20% of the world population, live off-grid and do not have access to electricity or lighting to promote a productive learning environment.
The LED lighting system will provide 4 hours of renewable light with an equivalent output of 750 Lumens (40 W CFL bulb) to light a small dwelling with a floor plan of 12 x 20 feet.
We work with mission partners to get light kits installed in homes and schools in developing countries. LFL lights have gone to Mexico, Nicaragua, India, and Zambia, as well as some Native American reservations, with plans to expand to the Congo and Kenya.
LFL’s goal is to engage local youth to become involved with the project to design units which will be installed throughout the world.
LFL was created by Doug McNeill and Jess Salem, members of the Los Gatos United Methodist Church and Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club. Together they designed the light and implemented the program with youth groups and schools. The first lights were installed in Colonet, Mexico, where the church has a long-standing mission trip tradition.The pair has been recognized by the White House as recipients of the 2013 Champion of Change Award for their innovative program.
The Windsor Community United Methodist Church is delighted to be a part of this fabulous work, establishing a new LFL satellite “North of the Golden Gate.”
In February 2015, WCUMC sent 10 completed units to Zambia and 5 to Nicaragua. Later in the year, a light was installed by an LFL volunteer in a home in Mexico. Lights have continued to be installed on subsequent mission trips to Mexico and Nicaragua, and the partnerships keep multiplying. To date, over 80 LFL units have been constructed in Windsor at workshops conducted at the church and at Windsor Oaks Academy. Many students have participated in multiple workshops are are becoming “old hands” at it!
You Can Help!
Contact us to donate your time, funds, or materials!
Check out LFL’s beautiful website at www.lightingforliteracy.org.