Project details




The project owner

Philips and KNVB WorldCoaches Kilimanjaro team

Project partner(s)


  • district of Arusha
  • district ofArusha
  • Tanzania, United Republic of

Goal summary

Our goal is to install a Solar Light Center in the district of Arusha in Tanzania. At this moment people in that area have little or no access to electricity. When darkness falls, life in such communities simply comes to a halt, affecting education, security, productivity, employment and quality of life. Off-grid lighting solutions allow communities and villages to come together after dark.

Project summary

A Solar Light Center illuminates an area of approx. 1000m2 , or the size of a small soccer pitch, The communal area around the Solar Light Center can be used for sport and other important activities. A Solar Light Center extends the day by enabling communal life after dark. It creates a safe area and supports sanitation programs. The new Solar Light Center will also enable the KNVB’s WorldCoaches program in Africa. The WorldCoaches program trains football coaches in using football for social development, focusing on communities in developing countries. A Solar Light Center is sustainable, it is not dependent on electricity from the grid and continues to operate during power outages. Maintenance can be self-sustaining because the owner (the local authority) can rent out the light or advertise space and generate an income.


As a small private initiative, a group of the Philips legal department and two members of the Royal Dutch Soccer Association Worldcoaches (KNVB WorldCoaches) joined forces and set a goal to climb Africa’s highest peak, the Kilimanjaro. With their climb the team seeks to raise money and awareness for Solar Lighting, the KNVB WorldCoaches program and the installation of a Solar Light Center in district of Arusha. The team will open the Solar Light Center directly after their climb to the top of the Kilimanjaro. Please note that the team is paying for their own trip expenses and the full amount of any funds raised will go straight towards the Solar Light Center project! Follow the team on Facebook (C2CKilimanjaro) Twitter (@C2CKilimanjaro) and Instagram: C2CKilimanjaro


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  • Today, some 500 million people in Africa do not have electricity. Off-grid lighting is bringing light and hope to many such communities. For this project specifically, the district of Arusha will benefit directly from the Solar Light Center.
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Why (Project owners drive)

We hope to be able to "bring some light" and contribute towards facilitating communal live and activities in rural Africa. What better way to do this than to support a sustainable solar lighting solution and the KNVB WorldCoaches program?!

Relation between the project partner (excecution) and the project owner (fundraising)

The project owner heard about the solar lighting project and wants very much to support this special project.

Project organization

  • Royal Philips Electronics and KNVB WorldCoaches
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  • Royal Philips of the Netherlands is a diversified Health and Well-being company, focused on improving people's lives through timely innovations. Philips is a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting. The KNVB WorldCoaches program put




  1. Fundraising stage

    • During the month of May 2013 we hope to raise EUR 12,000 for a Solar Light Center in the district of Arusha..
    • €12,000
    • Month of May 2013
  2. Installation of the Solar Light Center

    • Installation of the Solar Light Center in the district of Arusha.
    • €0
    • May and June 2013
  3. Opening of the Solar Light Center

    • The opening of the Solar Light Center in Arusha by the Kilimanjaro Team and Royal Philips and the KNVB WorldCoaches program. Bank charges
    • €600
    • 1 day (June 17, 2013)