News & community - Update


Shedding a Light on Dark Locations

When we think of our most basic human needs, we often think of food, water, and shelter. But often we forget about one other necessity: light.

The LuminAID

On January 12 in 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti. The result was the death of more than 160,000 people and the displacement of close to 1.5 million people. The aftermath of the earthquake is still ongoing. This tragedy was the main reason why architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta were asked at the time to design a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts. They quickly considered the dangerous conditions at night in the tent cities and turned their attention on light as a critical necessity in humanitarian relief work. They came up with a brilliant solution: the LuminAID.

That was six years ago. Recently everyone is getting the bright idea: backpackers in Australia, adventurers in Scandinavia and emergency workers all over the world use LuminAID to assist them in their efforts. Even the reality investment show ABC’s Shark Tank saw the LuminAID vision as irresistible, and invited Anna and Andrea on the show for a chance to premiere their product on primetime tv!

The LuminAID works in the following way:

  1. You charge the device outside in direct sun for 7 hours. Optimum charging occurs when the light is powered off and the red charge indicator LED is on.
  2. The next step is inflating the LuminAID by gently pinching or biting the valve.
  3. Time to illuminate! Press the red ON/OFF button to cycle through various light settings, each fit for specific types of situations.

They’re not in it for the profit either. Making light accessible for all is what drives LuminAID forward. Their Give Light program allows you to join their mission and get involved by helping sponsor safe, solar rechargeable lanterns for those in need. An honorable way of thinking! As a travel management company, we’re also not-for-the-profit. Read more about this way of thinking in a previous blog post.