Capella donates solar lights to families facing energy poverty

Capella to donate solar lights to families facing energy poverty

[Credit: Capella Hotels and Resorts]

SEA: This International Youth Day (12 August), Capella Hotels and Resorts will be donating solar lights to provinces in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam to help children study after dusk.

The first initiative in a long-term partnership with SolarBuddy will see renewable solar-powered lights gifted to children. The aim is to provide a sustainable solution to the use of fuel-based kerosene lamps, which emit high carbon dioxide levels.

Through SolarBuddy’s lights, children will be able to study after dusk. It is estimated that 789 million people around the world live in darkness and have minimal access to light when the sun sets.

To raise awareness about energy poverty, guests and colleagues of Capella Ubud, Capella Bangkok and Capella Hanoi will be invited to help assemble the physical solar lights. These will then be distributed to youth in their region. 

One of the beneficiaries include students from Mbinudita, Indonesia, where over 50 per cent of children have no access to electricity back home.

Nichola Clayton, CEO of Capella Hotel Group, said: “At Capella Hotels and Resorts, we believe that each and every child has the right to develop to their full potential. Our collaboration with SolarBuddy was an opportunity that enabled us to amplify our Capella Youth initiative, ensuring every child receives proper education. This is strongly aligned with our philosophy of empowering youth to build a sustainable future for themselves.” 

The public can contribute to Capella’s fundraiser here. All donations will go directly towards purchasing SolarBuddy’s sustainable solar lights for the beneficiary communities.

Capella Hotels and Resorts participates in school initiatives, and often works alongside the communities at each hotel destination to support and give back. The portfolio consists of properties in Singapore, Bangkok, Hanoi, Ubud, Shanghai, and Sanya.

Set to open in the coming years includes hotels in the Maldives, Sydney and South Korea.

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