Happy Mother’s Day!

In 2008 while Dr. Laura Stachel was observing a hospital in Nigeria as part of her work in maternal child health.  The electricity went out and a C-section that was already in progress had to be completed with the aid of flashlights.  In some cases, women were bleeding to death during child birth because there were no phone systems with which to summon a doctor.  Dr. Stachel shared her frustration with her husband and together they created a “solar suitcase” she could take on the road with her.

Once back in Nigeria, Statchel’s “solar suitcase” was being used to power LED lights & walkie talkies as well as ultrasound machines.  As the word spread, other hospitals began submitting their requests for the solar energy kits.  This growing demand and the need to meet it gave rise to WeCareSolar.com.  So far, the “solar suitcase” has helped people in Nigeria, Tanzania, Mexico, Haiti, Thailand and Burma and will very soon be used in Uganda.

Each suitcase costs about $1,000 to build, but can mean the difference between life and death for a mother in labor and her baby.  We would like to celebrate this Mother’s Day by donating 1% of our total May sales to WeCareSolar.com and we encourage all our friends to join us in making a donation to this very worthy cause.


“Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.  Everything gets reduced to essentials”,  Meryl Streep

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