The ‘Voyage Of Light‘ project is founded by documentary photographer and explorer Kiran Kreer, which donates solar-powered light bulbs to rural communities, tribes and mainly supporting families living without the access of basic needs in rural areas.
Today this travel project has grown into something of it’s own, a treehouse of explorers, who are coming together to share their passions and knowledge. It has become a grassroots social movement, that gives back the gift of light.
It has always been my passion to explore Africa, but it never become a reality as I was still exploring Asia and aiding different communities. It has been six years now since I first started travelling, living as a nomad and sharing the adventures through my photography and stories. Somehow Africa has been a continent that I always felt inspired with but the same time nervously waiting for the right time and purpose for it. A purpose to explore the unknown.
"We wish to share our knowledge as explorers, to support and empower rural communities."
The voyage now takes me (Kiran Kreer) across West Africa by land, starting from Morocco, towards Senegal and Gambia. Next heading into Ghana and beyond. Exploring parts of this amazing and cultural lands, to locate those families and rural villages that will need our support.
Africa currently still has over 500 million people who still live with NO access of electricity, proper shelters or basic needs. Basic needs that has been in lives of many of us in the cities, without a realisation how much we are wasting, consuming or some living with it as a luxury. While in parts of the world like Africa, with over 1.2 billion in population, most of the tribes are used to live with less or nothing, living with harmful kerosene lamps, with no clean drinking water or proper shelters. Children needing a basic education or women needing empowerment.
We wish to make a little difference as we explore, empower and share. With the aim to donate solar lights, empowering communities and creating self sustainable solutions. To start with, travelling into rural villages, living among the African tribes and supporting these families as we explore the central parts of our ancestral lands.
"I hope we can come together, with love and empathy, to support these communities and be part of something greater than us." - Kiran Kreer
To sum up this travel project | Voyage Of Light – Africa Chapter :
- Exploring West Africa in One Year.
- Solar Lights for those living with No Electricity.
- Basic Needs and Sustainable Solutions.
- Self Empowerment and Education projects.
- Photographic Stories of Cultures and Tribes.
LIGHTS | BASIC NEEDS | EDUCATION | EMPOWERMENT
++ GATHERINGS | ART WORKSHOPS ++
A GIFT OF LIGHT : SENEGAL, GAMBIA & GHANA
First Batch Needed NOW | 1,000 Solar Lights for 500 homes.
Each Nokero solar light bulb cost US$15.00 per unit, includes shipping, delivery and logistics, additional funds will be used for other sustaining projects in each village.
Why solar lights? Because its a simple solution to help light up homes, to replace the usage of kerosene lamps/candles, it’s a gift of hope and it’s a ‘eye opener’ for others to notice tribes/children and to get more help into this areas.
Most importantly it’s clean green energy for children to read, mother’s to feed their babies, for women to protect themselves, walking lights and also works as an emergency light. Families no longer need to survive in the dark or with harmful kerosene fuels. Two of these natural energy lights will light up the whole house.
WHERE WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
- Purchase of Nokero Solar Lights (by batches of 200/300 pcs)
- Sustainable projects (Water, Shelter, Livelihood etc), Art Workshops and Holistic Gatherings.
- Operations, Accommodations, Transportation cost.
These are rough expenses for the next one year, as the figures may change depending on environment and project locations in Africa. All funds will be used for the explorations, project movement and completion.
Your contributions allow us to keep going, travelling with a purpose and creating ideas, supporting the communities and making a difference in their lives.
You can choose to donate US$15 as a gift of light or US$30 to light up a home. Click the Donate button to choose how many lights you wish to donate.
How Does This Work?
This chain reaction can only happen with ‘YOU’. When sufficient funds are collected for the total lights needed for that certain area, We will purchase the Nokero solar lights and ship them to location. Delivery will be made within 2-3 weeks of receiving the lights. The cost includes price of light, shipping, custom fees and logistics to get the lights into different villages.
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How Can You Support?
1. BE THE LIGHT | Give back with your skills, knowledge and passion. Join other travellers in sharing of ideas, time and space. Contact me via email([email protected]) or Facebook (Kiran Kreer).
2. SEND A GIFT OF LIGHT. Contribute, Sponsor or Donate via this Crowdfunding page (Paypal/CreditCard).
or for Malaysian/International Bank Transfers:
Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
Beneficiary Name : iMKIRAN Nation
Account Number : 514123632561
3. SHARE LIGHT. Share this out to friends and family, help raise more awareness, every single share, your voice and support matters.
Every penny matters when it comes to even small ideas in Africa, as the paper currency converts to a bigger purpose when used in these rural locations, material cost and supplies, food, accommodations. So please send any amount that you wish to help with. Each US$5.00 goes a long way.
We hope you choose to take One Step to help light up lives in Africa.
Love & Light,
Founder | Voyage Of Light
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