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The WakaWaka Foundation
Who are we? The WakaWaka Foundation is an internationally operating NGO based in the Netherlands. We devise strategies and programs to fight energy poverty all over the world. Our mission is to provide people living at the bottom of the pyramid with safe, sustainable and self-sufficient energy and light solutions as well as providing necessary life skills and support. Energy Poverty There are 1.3 billion people living off-grid. These people do not have access to the conventional energy grid and are dependent on toxic, dangerous and dirty kerosene lamps for lighting. Kerosene lamps result in 300 000 deaths per year and millions of mutilations from lamp-related burns. The effects on the lungs from an indoor kerosene lamp equals smoking two packs of cigarettes per day and the use of kerosene costs an average of 20% of a daily family income. The lack of access to light is detrimental to safety, school results, economic activity and community life. WakaWaka The WakaWaka solar solutions are a potent weapon in combating these problems. The WakaWaka Light is the worldâ€™s smartest and most efficient solar led light. The WakaWaka Power also offers a USB-charging point for mobile phones. Both have a unique design adapted to the needs and aspirations of families at the bottom of the pyramid.
Lighting up Haiti
The WakaWaka Foundation donated 12 000 WakaWaka Lights to Haitians who are still suffering from the effects of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Three years after the earthquake, 370 000 Haitians are still living in complete darkness at night, making it impossible to escape energy poverty. The WakaWaka Lights were funded by the WakaWaka Power crowd-funding campaign from our partnering social enterprise: Off-Grid Solutions.
Solar for Syria
The crisis in Syria worsens every day. Millions of refugees have fled from their homes in Syria resulting in a major humanitarian disaster. We are contributing tens of thousands of WakaWaka Powers to these Syrian refugees together with other NGOs. With these WakaWaka Powers, families do not need to live in fear of tent camp fires and are able to charge their phones safely. This enables them to communicate with their scattered family members during the turmoil of civil war.
Waka Waka benefits
Living without sustainable sources of light and power has major effects on health, the environment, school results, economic activity and safety of families. Replacing kerosene lamps with clean, safe solarpowered lighting presents opportunities in multiple areas, from cuts in global carbon emissions, health risks from indoor air pollution, to the generation of more employment. Using sustainable off-grid lighting can bring about major financial savings in a short time, as well as additional educational, health and environmental benefits.
Education • According to The World Bank, the switch from kerosene to LED-light increases children’s pass rates and grade percentage significantly. Pass grades improve from 50% to a staggering 100% and grade percentages improve on average by 20%. • Children who have access to a WakaWaka are enabled to do their homework and go to school in the evening. This improves comprehension and retention of academic skills through increased ability to study and read at home. . Economic development • WakaWakas save families enormous amounts of money, as the use of kerosene costs an average off-grid family 25-30% of their income. • A WakaWaka provides more hours of light; resulting in more hours to create merchandise or keep a shop open longer.
Health • 16 000 people are severely burned and maimed for life every day as a result of using kerosene lamps. • Indoor kerosene lights have the same effect on the lungs as smoking 40 cigarettes per day. • Women giving birth with kerosene lamps or candles at the bedside provides for poor health care conditions.
Safety • In refugee camps, kerosene lamps regularly cause ‘tent camp fires’, wiping out whole segments of an encampment, resulting in many deaths and injuries. • The communities of 1.3 billion people don’t have street lighting and are extremely dark at night. This increases the risk of crime and (sexual) violence. • WakaWakas eliminate the need for fuel for lighting, lessening the risk of violence during fuel collection.
Environment • Burning kerosene releases approximately 190 million tonnes of carbon dioxide globally. • Kerosene lamps release one third of the world’s black carbon particulate matter into the atmosphere every year. • Resources used for lighting, such as wood, lead to deforestation and land degradation.
WakaWaka Foundation Programs
Empower Initiative The Empower Initiative enables women at the bottom of the pyramid to purchase a WakaWaka product. Local micro-finance institutions include WakaWakas in their micro-loans to empower hours of productivity in the evening with bright LED lighting.
Sun Sharing Alliance Program The WakaWaka Foundation offers other NGOs and non-profits the possibility to obtain WakaWaka solar products at a reduced price if they aim to reach a WakaWaka Foundation Target Community: people living in extreme poverty, remote locations or temporary residence.
Crisis Aid Program The WakaWaka Foundation supports international organizations by providing solar products to people in crisis situations or humanitarian disaster zones. The WakaWaka Crisis Aid program is currently focused on providing safety to refugees and communication with loved ones in the Syrian civil war.
WakaWaka Partner Projects We team up with NGOs and corporations to provide WakaWakas to families in developing countries. The WakaWaka Foundation develops and guides these partner projects according to the WakaWaka quality principles, in order to get the maximum social and environmental benefits and responsibly integrate personalsolar solutions in local communities.
Supporting the WakaWaka Foundation
With your donations and support provided, you help the WakaWaka Foundation to achieve its mission of providing high-tech solar solutions to the bottom of the pyramid. Safe, sustainable and selfsufficient energy and light solutions are a life changer for the poorest of the poor.
By donating to the WakaWaka Foundation, you are also joining the inspiring WakaWaka community. The WakaWaka community is a global group of people & organizations committed to the WakaWaka mission of lighting up the lives of the 1.3 billion people living off-grid in our lifetime. We are happy and grateful for the enthusiastic help, ideas, means, network and time our WakaWaka friends give to this mission. There are several ways to support the WakaWaka Foundation. Together, we can explore which manner suits you, your organization or your company best. Every means of donating offers benefits and ways of connecting to the WakaWaka Foundation and its mission.
Discover the Ways to Support the WakaWaka Foundation The following donation options are possible to support the WakaWaka Foundation in executing its mission:
Foundation Founding partners Your organization donates a total of 75 000 Euros over the course of three years.
Foundation Partnerships You or your organization donates a minimum of 1000, 5000 or 10000 Euros.
Company Commitments Your company can donate a percentage of your companyâ€™s profits to benefit the Foundation.
Buy one, Give one Buying a large quantity of WakaWaka Lights or Powers and donating the same number of products.
Fundraising Activity Organizing a fundraising activity at your school, company friends or family for a specific Foundation program or project.
More information about each of these donation possibilities can be found on the pertaining information sheets.
WakaWaka Foundation Founding Partners
The WakaWaka Foundation Founding Partners are deeply connected to the WakaWaka Foundation. The Founding Partners make a great contribution by setting up the foundation and ensuring its continuation. These partners are the most important partners of the WakaWaka Foundation and are connected for at least three years. The WakaWaka Foundation believes that a strong connection between the Founding Partners and the foundation is important; therefore the foundation wants to establish a mutual connection between both parties on all levels within the company and foundation. The board members, executives and employees of the Founding Partner will be able to get involved in the mission and activities of the WakaWaka Foundation.
The Founding Partner contributes to the WakaWaka Foundation by: Making a commitment to the WakaWaka Foundation for a minimum duration of three years. Making an annual donation of a minimum of â‚Ź25.000. We are happy to discuss other ideas about how to connect as a Founding Partner with the WakaWaka Foundation.
The WakaWaka Foundation offers the following benefits to your business: One of the founders of WakaWaka (Maurits Groen or Camille van Gestel) will give a speech at the company of the founding partners for management and staff. The staff can use a dedicated staff offer to purchase WakaWaka products with a discount. Founding partners have the opportunity to order personalized WakaWaka products with a discount. Examples of possible modifications for the WakaWaka products are: changing the product to the color of the company or imprinting the company name or logo. An employee of the Founding Partner may participate and join on a journey with the WakaWaka Foundation to a project location. The WakaWaka Foundation will organize an annual networking activity, to which the donor or a board member of the company is invited. The WakaWaka Foundation will inform the company on developments by way of a monthly newsletter. Reference on the WakaWaka website. Mention sponsorship on own webpage. We are enthusiastic about exploring other options to strengthen the connection between the WakaWaka Foundation and the Founding Partners.
WakaWaka Foundation Partnerships
For one-time donations we offer several partnerships that will last for one year. We offer the possibility of extending the partnership by committing to either a recurring annual donation. Gold Partner Gold Partners are companies or individuals, who make a donation of a minimum amount of €10 000. The gold partner receives all the benefits of the Gold, Silver and Bronze partnerships Silver Partner Silver Partners are companies or individuals, who make a donation of an amount between €5 000 and €10 000. The silver partner receives all the benefits of Silver and Bronze partnerships. Bronze Partner Bronze Partners are companies or individuals, who make a donation of an amount between €1000, - and €5000.
Gold WakaWaka Foundation Partners are offered the following ways to connect with the WakaWaka Foundation One of the founders of the WakaWaka project (Maurits Groen or Camille van Gestel) will give the management and staff a speech at the contributing company.
Silver WakaWaka Foundation Partners are offered the following ways to connect with the WakaWaka Foundation Donating companies and individuals have the opportunity to order personalized WakaWaka products. Examples of possible modifications for the WakaWaka products are: changing the product to the color of the company or imprinting the company name or logo.
Bronze WakaWaka Foundation Partners are offered the following ways to connect with the WakaWaka Foundation The WakaWaka Foundation will organize an annual networking activity, to which the donor or a company board member is invited. The WakaWaka Foundation will inform the company on developments by means of a monthly newsletter. Reference on the WakaWaka website. Mention sponsorship on own webpage.
WakaWaka Foundation Company Commitment
It is possible to support the WakaWaka Foundation with your company through a Company Commitment. A Company Commitment is an annual donation from your company to the WakaWaka Foundation, which is adjusted to reflect the results of the company. The commitment can, for instance, be based on the yearly turnover, yearly profit or the number of sales or deals your company has made this year.
The company makes the promise to commit to one of the following donation possibilities: To donate a fixed percentage of the annual profit in money or WakaWakas. To donate a fixed percentage of the annual turnover in money or WakaWakas. To donate a fixed percentage or amount of each sold product or provided service in money or WakaWakas. We are looking forward to discussing other possible Company Commitments with your organization.
The companies in the Company Commitment program have the possibility to support a specific policy program of the WakaWaka Foundation with the money or WakaWakas they are donating; the Crisis Aid program, Sun Sharing Alliance program, Climate Hero Education program or Micro-Entrepreneur program.
To express thanks to the company, the WakaWaka Foundation makes the following commitments: Company Commitment businesses have the opportunity to order personalized WakaWaka products. Examples of possible modifications for the WakaWaka products are: the color of the company or the company name or company logo printed on the WakaWaka product. The WakaWaka Foundation will organize an annual networking activity, to which the donor or a board member of the company is invited. The WakaWaka Foundation will inform the company on developments by means of a monthly newsletter.
WakaWaka Foundationâ€™s Buy one Give one
When you buy a WakaWaka product for yourself, a friend, family member, customer or staff member you can donate one directly to someone who is living off-grid. By buying one WakaWaka, you give safe light and electricity to a family in the developing world. We love this fundraising tool because it enables everyone to connect to the WakaWaka mission directly. There is something profound in knowing that that specific product you ordered for yourself will also be donated (i.e. to an entrepreneur in Nepal or refugee in Syria.) You can go directly to http://www.waka-waka.com to buy and give WakaWaka Products to a specific project in small numbers. We also offer the possibility to buy and give in large numbers with special pricing options. When you give your employees or corporate relations a WakaWaka product, your gift gets a new dimension with the story that the impact has on the lives of a family living off the grid. The impact and story of the Buy One, Give One-products make a great Christmas present, customer appreciation gift or corporate gift.
Benefits of Buy One, Give One For large donations, we can provide you with the opportunity to donate WakaWakas to a specific WakaWaka Foundation program or project. If you are donating to a specific project, we can provide you with imagery from that project. If possible, we can provide you and your fellow fundraisers with the opportunity to receive feedback on your donation. The WakaWaka Foundation will feature your donation and the specific project on our impact map and other (social) media channels.
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WakaWaka fundraising activity
Many members from the WakaWaka community start their own fundraising activity for the WakaWaka mission. We have seen many great examples already: organizing a school market, donating gift money from an anniversary party, cycling through the Sahara, etc. You can raise funds directly for the WakaWaka Foundation to support our mission to light up the bottom of the pyramid. We also offer the opportunity to raise funds for a specific program (Crisis Aid, Climate Eduction) or a specific project or region that you are passionate about. Besides the examples we just mentioned, there are many creative ways to connect with the WakaWaka Foundation; you can think of organizing a charity walk, concert, neighborhood barbecue or bakesale with your friends, neighbors, school or family. We would love to discover different options and help to create the fundraising activity that suits you best.
WakaWaka supports your fundraising activity We would love to assist you in making your fundraising activity a success! For your fundraising activity you can download WakaWaka Foundation materials (posters, flyers, etc) specifically for fundraising activities from wakawakafoundation.org. If you are raising funds for a specific project, we can provide you with imagery from that project. When possible, we can provide you and your fellow fundraisers with the opportunity to receive feedback on your donation. For Dutch people it is possible to display your activity on our action-platform and use the easy module on the website. http://www.geef.nl/actie/nieuw/doel:wakawakafoundation We can promote your fundraising activity through our (social) media channels, which could be especially interesting if you are raising money at your workplace.
WakaWaka Community We are very interested in exploring how we can connect with your business or organization on the topic or issues that you are passionate about. If you would like to connect with WakaWaka through a partnership, company commitment, fundraising opportunity or any other way, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Donations We are dependent on the generous support of the WakaWaka community to implement these projects. If you wish to make a donation you can transfer funds to our bank account. We can supply you with a unique certificate and receipt of donation. Stichting The WakaWaka Foundation IBAN: NL91 RABO 0142166855 Rabobank, the Netherlands. If you wish to make a donation by using PayPal, iDEAL or credit card, please visit our website: http://wakawakafoundation.org/ Donations to the WakaWaka Foundation are tax deductable under Dutch law. Donations from other countries are often tax deductable if you show a receipt of donation from our non-profit organization. Registrations The WakaWaka Foundation is registered at the Kamer van Koophandel (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) under KvK number: 55117554. The WakaWaka Foundation is registered at the Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax Authorities) as Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling (ANBI)-certified / Public Benefit Institution (PBI)-certified.