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Allen Jones Memorial Primary School students holding solar powered lights built by the 2019 CIMIC Group graduates.

Solar powered lights built by the 2019 CIMIC Group graduates are now in the hands of children at six schools in Port Moresby, Hula and Gabagaba, Papua New Guinea.

Our graduates built the 240 lights during a social innovation workshop led by EIC Activities, in partnership with registered charity SolarBuddy, at the graduate induction in February this year.

The students will use the lights to complete their homework and travel more safely to and from school.

Each light carried a personal message from a graduate encouraging a student in their studies.

SolarBuddy distributed the lights, bringing their 2019 distribution total to 14,400 lights supplied to schools across Papua New Guinea.

Collaborative approach to innovation

EIC Activities’ hands-on social innovation workshop enabled graduates to learn how actioning a small innovative idea can solve a global issue. The EIC Activities team also took graduates through a rapid innovation process to generate ideas, assess their value and pitch prototypes to stakeholders.

The session encouraged us as young engineers to always be looking for ways to innovate. SolarBuddy is a great example of how a simple idea can make a huge difference to the lives of many.

Cynthia WallaceSedgman Graduate Structural Engineer

SolarBuddy supported the rapid innovation process by asking graduates to provide solutions to social challenges experienced by people in Papua New Guinea, such as aiding in transitioning families to use SolarBuddy lights instead of traditional kerosene lamps. 

For many of us, the session gave us perspective on what can be achieved when a diverse group of dedicated people work together towards a common goal. Some great, practical ideas came out of our discussions that could assist the charity to further support communities living in energy poverty.

Jean-Luc Lejeune CPB Contractors Graduate Civil Engineer

About SolarBuddy

SolarBuddy aims to improve education outcomes for children living in energy poverty around the world by gifting solar powered lights to help them study after dark. 

With the help of CIMIC Group and other corporate partners, SolarBuddy has illuminated over 500,000 lives worldwide and donated over 100,000 SolarBuddy lights to children in developing countries.

The lights have enabled students to read and study 78% longer and generated savings for families 80% of their previous expense on kerosene. 

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