The Power of Light

Solar lights after Tropical Storm Usman have proven to be a source of light in the darkness that allows families to return to normalcy.

About LuminAID

Lights are equipped with a strap that makes them easy to hang inside or outside

LuminAID was founded by two design students to develop a solar-rechargeable light that is waterproof, lightweight, and inflates to diffuse light like a lantern.

This new technology was of interest to ShelterBox because it is compact, high energy efficient and ease to use. Further, it limits the use of natural fuels for lighting and other resources that can be critical to survival after a disaster.

Since the first distribution of LuminAID lights following a typhoon in the Philippines in 2013, the relationship has grown to become a true strategic partnership.

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How families use solar lights

A home's wall and roof reinforced by the ShelterBox tarpaulin

Workers who are lucky enough to have an artificial lighting source can work all the way through the night, but severe weather events like Tropical Depression Usman, which struck the Philippines in late December, can sweep away everything, including flashlights and lanterns.

For families who did have access to flashlights or lanterns, ShelterBox’s solar lights replaced a valuable source of work. And families who previously had no source of portable light now have an additional way of earning, making the critical months after a major disaster just a little bit easier: Laborers can earn more by working on their copra production through the night.

We’ve also heard that our solar lights save money in other ways: families who don’t have electricity use kerosene lamps ordinarily, to the tune of 10-20 peso (20-40 cents) each night. But our solar lamps, which can stay lit for 12-14 hours at a time, cost nothing, so long as families remember to keep them charged.

ShelterBox is constantly working to ensure that we give families aid that works for them. Learning about the innovative ways they put our aid to work helps to guide us in the right direction.
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Solar Lights

When disaster strikes, families flee their home in search of a safer place. Often, that means an overcrowded space with no electricity.

When darkness falls, solar lights can allow families to rebuild a sense of normality and do things together again under the glow of a solar light.


A look at the ShelterBox aid and equipment delivered to vulnerable families following a disaster or conflict.


Since 2004 we have responded more than 25 times in the country to various devastating disasters such as storms, typhoons, floods, and earthquakes.