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We are pleased to present our most recent Frontier Fund Awards. Grantees are announced on a rolling basis.
2017 – Defending the Fourth Estate
To bolster the commitment to one of our key programs of interest, Civics, our Frontier Fund has chosen to distribute $50,000 to several non-profit organizations which strengthen public knowledge and transparency. The Rogovy Foundation places great value on the “Fourth Estate,” and supports journalism’s essential role in a functioning democracy. Below are the organizations receiving grants.
2016 – Investing in Solar Lights
In 2016 a grant was awarded to SolarAid, whose mission is to provide solar powered lamps to areas without electricity. Read more about how this inexpensive device is providing clean and efficient lighting to rural Africa.
In March 2016, The Rogovy Foundation partnered with the international development charity SolarAid to reach over 38,000 people with life-changing solar lights in the Western and Rift Valley provinces of Kenya.
SolarAid enables access to clean and affordable energy through its social enterprise, SunnyMoney, which seeks to create trust and demand for solar lights in rural Africa through its ‘trade-not-aid’ model.
93% of the rural population in Kenya does not have access to electricity. Most families resort to using the toxic kerosene lamp to light their homes at night. Kerosene only serves to imperil health, impair education, waste household income and emit astonishingly high amounts of carbon.
A small affordable solar light changes everything. Each solar light means a child studies one hour extra each evening. Parents can use the significant savings each year on better food, education or farming inputs. Health improves and life gets better.
SolarAid schools campaign in Kenya – Photo by Patrick Bentley