Students in Ash Bird’s VCAL PDWRS class today helped light up the lives of school children in PNG and Vanuatu by assembling solar-powered LED lights for the SolarBuddy project.

Year 11 VCAL students are supporting SolarBuddy this term as part of their Personal Development and Work Related Skills. SolarBuddy is an Australian charity that provides safe, reliable, effective and innovative solar energy solutions to communities around the world who suffer from energy poverty.

SolarBuddy lights enable children to read and study in a clean environment without the need to burn solid fuels such as kerosene. Being in a room lit by a kerosene lamp is the equivalent of smoking two packets of cigarettes a day.

VCAL students loved the experience of assembling the SolarBuddy, knowing they’ll end of helping students in PNG and Vanuatu to read and do their homework in a much healthier environment.

The students will also write letters to accompany the lights, giving them an opportunity to connect with other young people and be part of a global community.

See a selection of images from Ash Bird’s and Cath Holton’s PDWRS classes on Facebook