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Name: Joanna Cantwell

Position: Joanna Cantwell

Email: joanna@solarbuddy.org

Website: http://www.solarbuddy.org

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1/36 Wyandra St

Newstead, Brisbane QLD 4006

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Our Mission / Objective

SolarBuddy is an Australian charity with the vision to create a brighter future for all children.  

Creating a bright future for all children is as hard as it sounds. One of the biggest obstacles we face is energy poverty. It is a complex challenge – for the communities experiencing it, and for those who cannot imagine it to truly understand. Energy poverty plunges 1.4 billion people into complete darkness, every night as they lack equal access to clean energy. They depend on primitive forms of energy like charcoal and firewood to ignite their way through the night. These forms of energy have a devastating impact on their health, well-being, economic stability, educational outcomes and the environment. 

But we are motivated by big challenges, and the impact we can make by focussing on our 3 core principles.  

Education is core to the solution. It helps to build local awareness and understanding of energy poverty, creates better global citizens, and is the most important factor in creating equitable opportunities for a child.  

Sustainable innovation shapes our solutions. We design with people as our focus, ensuring that everything we create is simple, socially impactful, environmentally sustainable and makes a difference for a decade not a day. 

Connected communities are joined at the heart and united by need. When we share ownership of the problem, we lighten the load. The more hearts who join us, through donations, support and advocacy, the more positive outcomes we can create. 

We will never stop creating new ways to fight this challenge. We see a brighter future for all children, and by learning, creating, and working together we light the way there.

 

Our goals: 

Our Goal #1: To gift 6 million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030. 

Our Goal #2: To educate 6 million people globally about energy poverty by 2030. 

By achieving these two goals, this is the impact we are having 

  • Up to 30 million people’s lives are able to be uplifted out of energy poverty and have more equitable opportunities for a brighter future. 
  • 12+ million people understand the crisis of energy poverty and have the potential help and advocate for positive change. 

Our Services

SolarBuddy provides safe, reliable, effective, and innovative solar lights to children who don’t have access to electricity, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Our donor, corporate and education programs give our community the chance to transform lives through the gift of light while learning how innovative design solutions can help create a more sustainable world. 

We have created various innovative programs combining learning with practical application – designed to build awareness and inspire action on the issue of energy poverty. All our work is aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

All funds raised go directly to purchasing SolarBuddy lights that go to communities living in energy poverty

Solve the 17

Solve the 17, SolarBuddy’s Global Innovation Challenge is a highly engaging virtual team building program with a purpose. Watch our video here! The solutions-focused program is aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a call to action with three overarching aims: to fight inequality and injustice, end extreme poverty, and to tackle climate change.

In teams, employees will collaborate to discover, define, develop, design and deliver a unique solution to a global issue we currently face in relation to one of the 17 SDGs. Solve The 17 has been curated by an exceptionally skilled team of educators, innovators and designers to provide employees with an interactive, educational program that creates real-world solutions to the most pressing global issues that we face.

Workplace Giving

Whether your organisation is large or small, establishing a giving program with SolarBuddy will help you increase staff engagement and bring organisational values to life. Strong social connections also result in enhanced staff and customer loyalty; authentically and actively demonstrating social good really is good for business. Measurable impact for you and transformational change for children living in energy poverty. What a win-win!

Turnkey Events / CSR Program

Our turnkey Event/CSR Program will motivate you to learn about the 1.4 billion people who live in energy poverty and how innovative design solutions can transform lives, economies and the planet. Watch our video here!

Our program is the perfect option for values-driven organisations, looking to include a Corporate Social Responsibility program that drives Return on Investment.

Designed to be both flexible and adaptable, our program can be run anywhere in the world and is suitable for intimate groups of 25 people up to 3,000+ event-attendees.

Education Program

Our Education Program encourages student collaboration, inter-culture understanding, creative and critical thinking while inspiring students to consider how innovative design solutions can transform lives. Designed by education experts, our program is aligned to ACARA and mapped to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Beneficiaries

We predominantly work with children who live in extreme poverty. They are at the centre of everything we do at SolarBuddy. With no access to modern, affordable, reliable electricity, our solar lights empower the children to reach their full potential and offer health and economic benefits, as well as improved educational and environmental outcomes.

To date, we have gifted 100,000+ solar lights to children in 21 countries across the globe. We are currently working in countries such as: Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cambodia, India, and Madagascar. We also offer SolarBuddy’s Indigenous Education Program within Australia.

Projects in Progress

SolarBuddy’s projects include delivering programs and solutions to Australian indigenous communities, and other communities worldwide where the cycle of poverty is perpetuated by their lack of access to modern, affordable, reliable electricity. 

Our People

CEO

Simon Doble , Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Leadership Team

Billie Murphy – General Manager

Gregory Maloney – Chief Operating Officer

Names of Board Members

Aysegul Kayahan

Simon Doble 

Gregory Maloney 

Keith Marr 

Michael Byrom

Number of Employees

16

Number of Volunteers

5

Registration Information

ABN

56612567825

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

A gift to SolarBuddy in your will can be recognised in our Legacy of Light. 

To leave us a gift in your will, we recommend seeking advice from a solicitor or trustee company.

You may also choose to honour a memory of a loved one by donating to SolarBuddy’s Legacy of Light.

General Donations

Your donation will help transform the lives of children living in energy poverty by enabling the gift of a solar light. The devastatingly far-reaching effects of not having access to modern, affordable, reliable electricity means for many, the cycle of poverty into which they were born is perpetuated. This can all change with the gift of light.

Other support

We love visible and vocal support. Please help share our message via social media and with your colleagues, family and friends.

We encourage you to connect with our innovative programs for corporates and schools.

As we are passionate about empowering the next generation of change markers, we are very proud to offer the opportunity to volunteer with us through our SolarBuddy Junior Ambassador Program. This is available to school students from Year 7 and above. Please enquire at enquiries@solarbuddy.org.

If you are a professional searching for an opportunity to apply your skills and talent on a volunteer basis, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at enquiries@solarbuddy.org.

Have you thought about making use of your corporate volunteering leave to contribute to a meaningful cause? We encourage you to engage with our Solve the 17 Global Innovation Challenge.

Work with us

Please subscribe to our newsletter and social media channels to be the first to see when a new employment opportunity at SolarBuddy becomes available.

Volunteer with us

We are very proud to offer the opportunity to volunteer with us through our SolarBuddy Junior Ambassador Program. This is available to school students from Year 7 and above. Please enquire at enquiries@solarbuddy.org.

If you are a professional searching for an opportunity to apply your skills and talent on a volunteer basis, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at enquiries@solarbuddy.org. 

Have you thought about making use of your corporate volunteering leave to contribute to a meaningful cause? We encourage you to engage with our Solve the 17 Global Innovation Challenge.

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

SolarBuddy is an Australian charity with the vision to create a brighter future for all children.  

Creating a bright future for all children is as hard as it sounds. One of the biggest obstacles we face is energy poverty. It is a complex challenge – for the communities experiencing it, and for those who cannot imagine it to truly understand. Energy poverty plunges 1.4 billion people into complete darkness, every night as they lack equal access to clean energy. They depend on primitive forms of energy like charcoal and firewood to ignite their way through the night. These forms of energy have a devastating impact on their health, well-being, economic stability, educational outcomes and the environment. 

But we are motivated by big challenges, and the impact we can make by focussing on our 3 core principles.  

Education is core to the solution. It helps to build local awareness and understanding of energy poverty, creates better global citizens, and is the most important factor in creating equitable opportunities for a child.  

Sustainable innovation shapes our solutions. We design with people as our focus, ensuring that everything we create is simple, socially impactful, environmentally sustainable and makes a difference for a decade not a day. 

Connected communities are joined at the heart and united by need. When we share ownership of the problem, we lighten the load. The more hearts who join us, through donations, support and advocacy, the more positive outcomes we can create. 

We will never stop creating new ways to fight this challenge. We see a brighter future for all children, and by learning, creating, and working together we light the way there.

 

Our goals: 

Our Goal #1: To gift 6 million solar lights to children living in energy poverty by 2030. 

Our Goal #2: To educate 6 million people globally about energy poverty by 2030. 

By achieving these two goals, this is the impact we are having 

  • Up to 30 million people’s lives are able to be uplifted out of energy poverty and have more equitable opportunities for a brighter future. 
  • 12+ million people understand the crisis of energy poverty and have the potential help and advocate for positive change. 

Our Services

SolarBuddy provides safe, reliable, effective, and innovative solar lights to children who don’t have access to electricity, empowering them to reach their full potential.

Our donor, corporate and education programs give our community the chance to transform lives through the gift of light while learning how innovative design solutions can help create a more sustainable world. 

We have created various innovative programs combining learning with practical application – designed to build awareness and inspire action on the issue of energy poverty. All our work is aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

All funds raised go directly to purchasing SolarBuddy lights that go to communities living in energy poverty

Solve the 17

Solve the 17, SolarBuddy’s Global Innovation Challenge is a highly engaging virtual team building program with a purpose. Watch our video here! The solutions-focused program is aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a call to action with three overarching aims: to fight inequality and injustice, end extreme poverty, and to tackle climate change.

In teams, employees will collaborate to discover, define, develop, design and deliver a unique solution to a global issue we currently face in relation to one of the 17 SDGs. Solve The 17 has been curated by an exceptionally skilled team of educators, innovators and designers to provide employees with an interactive, educational program that creates real-world solutions to the most pressing global issues that we face.

Workplace Giving

Whether your organisation is large or small, establishing a giving program with SolarBuddy will help you increase staff engagement and bring organisational values to life. Strong social connections also result in enhanced staff and customer loyalty; authentically and actively demonstrating social good really is good for business. Measurable impact for you and transformational change for children living in energy poverty. What a win-win!

Turnkey Events / CSR Program

Our turnkey Event/CSR Program will motivate you to learn about the 1.4 billion people who live in energy poverty and how innovative design solutions can transform lives, economies and the planet. Watch our video here!

Our program is the perfect option for values-driven organisations, looking to include a Corporate Social Responsibility program that drives Return on Investment.

Designed to be both flexible and adaptable, our program can be run anywhere in the world and is suitable for intimate groups of 25 people up to 3,000+ event-attendees.

Education Program

Our Education Program encourages student collaboration, inter-culture understanding, creative and critical thinking while inspiring students to consider how innovative design solutions can transform lives. Designed by education experts, our program is aligned to ACARA and mapped to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our Beneficiaries

We predominantly work with children who live in extreme poverty. They are at the centre of everything we do at SolarBuddy. With no access to modern, affordable, reliable electricity, our solar lights empower the children to reach their full potential and offer health and economic benefits, as well as improved educational and environmental outcomes.

To date, we have gifted 100,000+ solar lights to children in 21 countries across the globe. We are currently working in countries such as: Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Cambodia, India, and Madagascar. We also offer SolarBuddy’s Indigenous Education Program within Australia.

Projects in Progress

SolarBuddy’s projects include delivering programs and solutions to Australian indigenous communities, and other communities worldwide where the cycle of poverty is perpetuated by their lack of access to modern, affordable, reliable electricity. 

Our People

CEO

Simon Doble , Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Leadership Team

Billie Murphy – General Manager

Gregory Maloney – Chief Operating Officer

Names of Board Members

Aysegul Kayahan

Simon Doble 

Gregory Maloney 

Keith Marr 

Michael Byrom

Number of Employees

16

Number of Volunteers

5

Registration Information

ABN

56612567825

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

A gift to SolarBuddy in your will can be recognised in our Legacy of Light. 

To leave us a gift in your will, we recommend seeking advice from a solicitor or trustee company.

You may also choose to honour a memory of a loved one by donating to SolarBuddy’s Legacy of Light.

General Donations

Your donation will help transform the lives of children living in energy poverty by enabling the gift of a solar light. The devastatingly far-reaching effects of not having access to modern, affordable, reliable electricity means for many, the cycle of poverty into which they were born is perpetuated. This can all change with the gift of light.

Other support

We love visible and vocal support. Please help share our message via social media and with your colleagues, family and friends.

We encourage you to connect with our innovative programs for corporates and schools.

As we are passionate about empowering the next generation of change markers, we are very proud to offer the opportunity to volunteer with us through our SolarBuddy Junior Ambassador Program. This is available to school students from Year 7 and above. Please enquire at enquiries@solarbuddy.org.

If you are a professional searching for an opportunity to apply your skills and talent on a volunteer basis, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at enquiries@solarbuddy.org.

Have you thought about making use of your corporate volunteering leave to contribute to a meaningful cause? We encourage you to engage with our Solve the 17 Global Innovation Challenge.

Work with us

Please subscribe to our newsletter and social media channels to be the first to see when a new employment opportunity at SolarBuddy becomes available.

Volunteer with us

We are very proud to offer the opportunity to volunteer with us through our SolarBuddy Junior Ambassador Program. This is available to school students from Year 7 and above. Please enquire at enquiries@solarbuddy.org.

If you are a professional searching for an opportunity to apply your skills and talent on a volunteer basis, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at enquiries@solarbuddy.org. 

Have you thought about making use of your corporate volunteering leave to contribute to a meaningful cause? We encourage you to engage with our Solve the 17 Global Innovation Challenge.

Our Annual Reports

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