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Koinonia Foundation Joins
to Donate Solar Lanterns to Congolese Women

Small, lightweight and rugged, the K-Light is one of the only solar-powered, LED lanterns available in the world today.

Koinonia Foundation Press Release

FlashlightNews.org - 8/5/2009


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PiSAT Solar K-Light

PiSAT Solar K-Light

GRAND RAPIDS, Mi. - Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Koinonia Foundation (kfaid.com) recently joined with V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls (vday.org), to donate 500 solar-powered K-Light lanterns to women, families, schools and medical centers in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

V-Day was founded by The Vagina Monologues playwright and activist, Eve Ensler. In 2008 V-Day and UNICEF launched a new global campaign: STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE: POWER TO THE WOMEN AND GIRLS OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, which calls for an end to rape and sexual torture against women and girls in eastern Congo. The campaign is working on the creation of City of Joy in Bukavu - a center for rape survivors, many who have been left without family, community or the capacity to have children. City of Joy will give them a safe place to live while providing opportunities for education, leadership training and employment.

In June 2009, Ensler and V-Day managing director Susan Celia Swan traveled to eastern Congo to visit the future site of City of Joy. While there, they visited with a camp of women who were given PiSAT Solar K-Light lanterns.

Swan chronicled the experience on the V-Day Web site: "While at the site, we visited with a group of soldier's wives and children who live in a camp next door. The camp is made up of more than 300 women, children and babies who were recently abandoned with no aid at all, no food, no water, no medicine, etc."

"Thanks to the generosity of the Koinonia Foundation who gifted us 500 PiSAT [K-Light] solar lanterns, we distributed the lanterns to the women at the camp. The lanterns were the only form of assistance that the women had received since arriving at the camp and they were so thankful and proud of their solar lanterns that they said we brought 'light in the darkness'." (Read more about their trip here: vday.org/node/1708)

Launched in late 2008, the patented, award-winning K-Light is PiSAT Solar's (pisatsolar.com) first commercially available product. Small, lightweight and rugged, the K-Light is also one of the only solar-powered, light-emitting diode (LED) lanterns available in the world today. No other lantern product combines a solar-rechargeable battery with energy-efficient, powerful LEDs.

The PiSAT Solar K-Light comes with a 1.5-watt shatterproof solar panel. It is also water-resistant, easily portable and designed to function as both a lantern and a flashlight. The K-Light will last at least 3,000 charges or 100,000 hours, which amounts to nearly a lifetime of recreational use or 10 years of full, daily use.

The K-Light was initially designed as an alternative to the hazards of fuel-based lighting used in developing countries. PiSAT Solar continues to donate a portion of its proceeds from each U.S. sale to help fund the international solar projects of the not-for-profit Koinonia Foundation, and is working to provide a K-Light to every African household.

About PiSAT Solar

Grand Rapids, Michigan-based PiSAT Solar was founded in 2005 by four individuals who share a common passion for improving the quality of life in the world's most challenging environments. Today's PiSAT organization reflects the founders' commitment to creating renewable energy technologies capable of bringing new hope and new opportunities to individuals, communities and our planet as a whole.

The PiSAT Solar philosophy of business emphasizes the "triple bottom line" - economic viability, environmental accountability and social responsibility. The company's products are designed to work and built to last, but they are also made to reduce the environmental footprint, and change lives of those in the Developing World who don't have healthy, clean light.

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