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This month, support energy access for refugees


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Craig Burnett


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We’re delighted that this month our supporters can donate to the 2022 Ashden Award for Energising Refugee Livelihoods, through a partnership with fundraising initiative the Big Give.

Donations will be matched with a generous gift from our existing donors the Ashden Trust. The appeal will open at 12pm GMT on April 22, and run for one week.

Most refugees living in camps have no regular access to electricity. This makes it harder for them to stay safe, communicate with loved ones and earn a living. Activities like phone-charging, tailoring or running small shops can all bring refugees a vital income – but are difficult or impossible without reliable and affordable energy. The award will boost climate innovators harnessing renewable energy to empower refugees.

Through our award, we will power up innovators harnessing renewable energy to create decent jobs and livelihoods for refugees. Following a thorough judging process one winner will receive prize money of £25,000 to help them to develop and scale their work. We will boost the profile of all finalists and the winner through inspirational films, publicity and events that inspire others to replicate their success.

Applications for the award are closed, and we are now carrying out a rigorous analysis of this year’s award applicants. The award winner will be announced in November 2022.

The 2021 Ashden Award for Humanitarian Energy was won by Solar Freeze. Founder Dysmus Kisulu explains its impact:

“The Ashden Award had a tremendous impact on the work that we do at Solar Freeze, it put a spotlight on the solution – which is access to refrigeration and cooling for the healthcare sector in the Humanitarian Energy space – and most importantly it made our beneficiaries be seen and recognised.”

Public donations via the Big Give will add to contributions from the Linbury Trust and the Alan and Babbette Sainsbury Charitable Trust, both of which have already contributed to our appeal.

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