About Us

The WakaWaka Foundation is an internationally operating NGO combating energy poverty. We focus on providing safe, sustainable and self-sufficient energy and light solutions to people living at the Bottom of the Pyramid.

These solar solutions are comprised of the WakaWaka Light, providing up to 80 hours of LED lighting, and the WakaWaka Power, the smartest and most efficient solar LED light and charger in the world. Using the WakaWaka products provides life-changing benefits for health, the environment, safety, education and financial stability. Not only do we focus on providing the technological devices necessary to escape energy poverty, but we also provide essential life skills and support.

We devise strategies to make solar solutions available to those who suffer from extreme poverty, live in remote regions or are a victim of forced migration, for example due to wars.

We do this by teaming up with NGOs and corporations that 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 personal solar solutions in local communities.

Read more about the WakaWaka Foundation's mission and background.


Relationship with WakaWaka B.V.

Stichting The WakaWaka Foundation works closely with WakaWaka B.V., the producer of the WakaWaka solar products. They share the same goal of providing the 1.2 billion people living off-grid worldwide with safe, sustainable and self-sufficient solar solutions. Read more about our partnership here.


The people behind the Foundation

The passionate people behind the WakaWaka Foundation form the Supervisory Board and the Management Team & Staff. The Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising long-term strategies, checking the Foundation's finances and appointing and supervising members of the Management Team. The Management Team is responsible for directing staff members, preparing and implementing strategy, administering policy programs and external fundraising. Please meet our team here.

Understanding Energy Poverty

There are 1.2 billion people who don’t have access to the conventional energy grid and depend on toxic, dangerous, and dirty kerosene lamps for lighting:

  • The effects of using an indoor kerosene lamp in the evening equals smoking a pack of cigarettes a month, which has severe health consequences;
  • The use of kerosene costs an average of 20% of a family’s income;
  • Kerosene lamps regularly cause ‘tent camp fires’ which destroy refugee camps, resulting in many injuries and casualties;
  • Fires caused by kerosene lamps result in more than 200,000 deaths per year and millions of mutilations.

Living without light is detrimental to safety, school results, economic activity and community life. People living off-grid do not have access to electricity. This makes economic development extremely hard to initiate, causing the energy poverty trap.

Impact

The WakaWaka Foundation has been active for more than two years and has positively impacted the lives of more than 200,000 people. The WakaWaka Light and WakaWaka Power are already in use in over a 100 countries. This impact is growing with the support of numerous private and corporate donors, institutions and partners. You can view our progress and learn more about our accomplished projects on our impact map. You can read about the personal benefits for WakaWaka product users here.

Registrations

Stichting The WakaWaka Foundation is registered at the Kamer van Koophandel (Dutch Chamber of Commerce) KvK number: 55117554.

Stichting The WakaWaka Foundation is registered at the Belastingdienst (Dutch Tax Administration) as ANBI-certified. The WakaWaka Foundation is a non-profit organization. Donations to the WakaWaka Foundation are tax deductable. In order to comply with ANBI-regulations the WakaWaka Foundation is obliged to publish information on its policies and its annual report. You can find this information on our ANBI-page.