The WakaWaka Foundation

The WakaWaka Foundation is an international NGO based in the Netherlands. We provide people off-grid areas in low income countries with safe, sustainable, and renewable power and light solutions. Our goal is to make solar solutions available to families who live in extreme poverty, in remote regions, or who are forced to leave their homes because of war, natural disaster or other reasons.

Please support us in enabling sustainable energy access around the world.

With 12,50 euros we can produce and distribute one solar light to someone in need.


The WakaWaka Foundation believes that everybody should have access to clean and affordable energy. As the sun is the world’s biggest energy source, we believe in solar as a solution for people living off the grid.

There are 1 billion people in the world that live off-grid, without access to a conventional electricity grid. They depend on toxic, dangerous and dirty kerosene lamps for lighting or simply live in the dark at night.

The health-effects, especially for the lungs and eyes, of indoor air pollution caused by kerosene lights and indoor cooking are tremendous. Next to that, access to light is detrimental to safety, school results, economic activity and community life. Off-grid options to charge mobile phones or radios are also limited, expensive and often rely on dirty fossil fuels.

The WakaWaka Foundation focuses on providing safe, sustainable, and self-sufficient energy and light solutions to people living at the base of the pyramid.

We devise strategies and team up with NGOs and corporations to make sure solar solutions become available to those who suffer from extreme poverty, live in off-grid areas, or are a victim of forced migration.

Furthermore, the WakaWaka Foundation aims to improve the future perspective of people living in developing countries. It does so by stimulating education about solar, and sustainability in general.

Kees Vendrik

Kees Vendrik is chief economist at Triodos Bank and a member of the GroenLinks - Senate party.

Alexander Kohnstamm

Alexander is Executive Director by Fair Wear Foundation. Previously he was chairman of Partos, the Dutch council of international development NGO’s.

Patrick van Gerwen

Patrick is “financial surgeon”, specializing in treasury, asset management and financial consultancy.

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