Solar Health Uganda: Addressing Energy Poverty and Climate Change

new mother with Solar technology.

Seeking student collaborators  to join Solar Health Uganda in combatting energy challenges, poverty and offering climate change solutions at scale.

Project description

Solar Health Uganda (SHU) is a registered Ugandan-based non-profit organization working with local and international organizations to address entrenched energy poverty and climate change. Their primary partner is Let There Be Light International, a Buffalo-based aid organization that has helped more than 900,000 people in off-grid Africa gain access to solar energy in their homes and health clinics.

Solar Health Uganda leads a number of programs including: the Safe Births+ Healthy Homes project focused on improving maternal, and infant health outcomes; the Light for Literacy project focused on improving literacy outcomes for off-grid students; the Health Clinics solar electrification; the Women SET program where they train, establish and support women solar entrepreneurs; and project that distribute pico lights to vulnerable off-grid homesteaders. SHU also provides consultancy services to non-profits and social enterprise in renewable energy.

SHU works with a robust network of partners to assess the need in the communities; implement and monitor projects in the districts where projects are situated. These include the District Health Ministry, local leadership, Village Health Teams, local Community-Based Organizations, local Non-Government Organizations, and local Rotary Clubs.

Their projects touch on SDG7, SDG3, SDG4, and SDG13.

In its next phase of growth, SHU seeks to achieve scalability through formalizing and sharing its model. Toward this goal, SHU seeks student collaborators who can help communicate its work through digital information sharing and documentation. These efforts will help lay the foundation for future growth and impact.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment One semester
Start time Spring 2022
Level of collaboration Variable
Benefits Academic credit or volunteer
Who is eligible
All undergraduate students

Core partners

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning; Director, Experiential Learning Network

24 Capen Hall

Phone: (716) 829-2834


Global NGO Project

This project is for students interested in collaborating with a global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).

Please be sure you identify your project as a Global NGO Project when you sign up to start the digital badge.

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  1. Examine the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the history of the framework. Then select one SDG to focus on as you work through your project.
  2. Download and complete this PowerPoint template.