Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Lights for Life target population?

Right now, LFL’s target population is school-aged children in developing countries who do not have access to electricity.

Why do children in developing countries need their own rechargeable light?

Lights for Life provides school-aged children their own rechargeable light because they are a simple way to help them study and learn after the sun sets each night. About 1.7 billion people or more than a fifth of the world’s population are without access to electricity and modern lighting. To date, attempts to address the need for lighting solutions have been unsuccessful, particularly in rural areas, due to the high infrastructure cost. At the same time, most modern off-grid energy solutions such as solar, wind and biomass which rely heavily on external sources (sun, wind, fuel) that are not always dependable.

Why the Nuru Lighting System?

They are simple, safe and sustainable. The Nuru lighting System lasts more than 20 years, they are 20 to 50 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs, and use 90 percent less electricity than even the latest compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). They contain no harmful chemicals and are carbon neutral to operate.

In addition to donating to Lights for Life, how can I help?

You can help by organizing a fund-raising event on behalf of Lights for Life. If you are interested in organizing an event, please contact us at We can provide information and tools that will help you run a successful event.

Does Lights for Life have Charitable Status?

Yes, Lights for Life is a registered, charitable organization in the United States and a registered not-for-profit in Canada.

What is Lights for Life administrative cost?

Lights for Life is committed to limiting its overhead cost to less than 20 per cent for every dollar raised. This is competitive when compared to the Canadian national average for charities of 26 per cent (Imagine Canada). Select DONATE to see more information.

How is Lights for Life funded?

Lights for Life appreciates the financial support from individual donors and corporations.

How do I make a donation?

A donation can be made online by using our Donate page. We use the services of PayPal.

I don't have a credit card. Can I mail Lights for Life a cheque?

Yes. Lights for Life accepts donations by cheques.