Top News Capella alleviates energy poverty By TTG Asia / Posted on 17 August, 2021 14:35 Capella Hotels and Resorts has donated 200 solar lamps to youths facing extreme energy poverty in provinces across Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, in commemoration of International Youth Day. The first initiative in a long-term partnership with SolarBuddy, a global community dedicated to alleviating energy poverty for children, Capella pledges to help youths study after dusk and improve their educational outcomes through the gift of clean, sustainable light. Capella partners with SolarBuddy to gift energy-deprived youths solar powered lights “At Capella Hotels and Resorts, we believe that each and every child has the right to develop to their full potential,” said Nicholas Clayton, CEO of Capella Hotel Group. “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.” Around the world, 789 million people live in darkness and have minimal access to light when the sun sets. To enable visibility at night, energy-poverty communities depend on rural forms of energy such as using fuel-based kerosene lamps. These energy sources not only emit high carbon dioxide but harm the health and wellbeing of people using them. Through SolarBuddy’s renewable solar-powered lights, children will benefit from a productive study environment after dusk. The sustainable solar invention also eliminates families’ kerosene expenditure per annum, leading to overall economic development and improvement in quality of life. One of the beneficiaries include students from Mbinudita, Indonesia, where education remains a challenge with over 50 per cent of the children having no access to electricity back home. Contributions to Capella’s fundraiser can be made at www.capella.life/solarbuddy. All donations will go directly towards purchasing SolarBuddy’s sustainable solar lights for the beneficiary communities.