shining light in japan

mandarin solar lampIn the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, with more than 1 million Japanese households still without electricity and with gas and supplies running low for many hundreds of thousands more, we’ve come across a different way of lending a hand to Japan. Intrepid Travel is donating 200 solar lamps.

Illumination and its sister company, Frontier, with the kind support of donors, have pledged to send as many solar lamps to Tokyo as they possibly can to help those families most in need. The lamps were designed for tough African environments, and have also proven to be a perfect emergency lighting solution. Currently, the Mandarin lamps are illuminating low-income households across northern Tanzania.

Virgin Atlantic is offering free freight and the first batch of donated lights arrived in Japan on 26 March. These were delivered to a local non-profit collection office, NPO, which forms part of the coordinated Japanese response for supplies and equipment. The lamps will then make their way quickly to families in affected areas.

Illumination and Frontier will continue to send regular batches of lamps through the Virgin Atlantic group to Tokyo in coming weeks. For US$15 you too can send a solar lamp to a family in need. Please click here to donate and find out what a big difference a little light can make!

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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