Sending Solar Glasses to Africa for Sep 1 Eclipse

by Astronomers Without Borders
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AWB needs your help to provide solar glasses to African students so they can safely view the September 1 solar eclipse.

  Outreach, Astronomy

As the Moon crosses the face of the Sun on September 1 an eclipse will cross Africa, providing a rare opportunity for a science lesson for students in a region where science resources are often non-existent. Seen as an annular eclipse in a narrow band, and as a partial eclipse elsewhere, the majority of Africa’s 1.1 billion inhabitants will have the opportunity to view this celestial event.

AWB will once again provide safe solar viewing glasses to students across the continent in support of STEM education efforts through the generous support of donors like you.

In a similar campaign for the African eclipse in 2013, AWB sent 13,700 glasses to classrooms throughout Africa. This time, with more time and resources, we plan to provide eclipse glasses for 37,000 students with the hope of adding up to 100 000!

How does it work?

For each $1 you donate, one student in a classroom in Africa will receive a pair of eclipse glasses to safely view the eclipse. This simple experience can ignite a passion for science in a child who might otherwise never be exposed to such an exciting natural phenomenon.

Through AWB’s broad network, and those of our partners, we are identifying schools in many countries in Africa. Distribution networks are verified to guarantee delivery to local schools. Every pair of donated eclipse glasses WILL reach a student for use during the eclipse.

Following are countries with vetted and verified contacts ready to receive this special gift from you. The numbers of glasses needed for schools that have been verified are given, where available. More distribution points are being organized, and schools identified, and they will be added to this list as they are verified.

Rwanda (2000)
Ghana (4000)
São Tomé and Príncipe (1000)
Tanzania (24,000)
Gabon (1000)
Zambia (450)

Learn about the eclipse

The annular eclipse will occur on Thursday 1 September, covering 97% of the sun at its maximum. This beautiful spectacle will have a path of about 100km across the South American and central Africa (see map). Outside of this narrow path a partial eclipse will be seen.

Description of eclipse glasses

These high-quality eclipse glasses are branded with the Astronomers Without Borders name, logo and motto, One People, One Sky.

The backside is printed with safety information (English only).

These Eclipse Shades® Safe Solar Glasses are absolutely safe for direct solar viewing of solar eclipses and sunspots. The black polymer lens material is scratch resistant, optical density 5 and CE certified. It filters out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light and creates a pleasing orange image of the Sun.

  Budget Breakdown

It is very simple $1 = 1 pair of glasses for a student in Africa. The more money donated the more students who will receive glasses.

  Risks and Challenges

The campaign is flexible funding, so if we do not reach our goal, we can still provied as many glasses as possible to the students. The more funding we get the more children we can provide with glasses.


Sending Solar Glasses to Africa for Sep 1 Eclipse

AWB needs your help to provide solar glasses to African students so they can safely view the September 1 solar eclipse.