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  • Share the Sun | Buy a Torch, Give a Torch to Puerto Rico

    Over two months ago, Hurricane Maria tore apart Puerto Rico, damaging buildings and homes, and leaving residents without power. While much has been done to help the island rebuild, a full recovery is still a long way off. Often efforts to aid affected communities are strong immediately following a natural disaster, only to fizzle out far before all the necessary...

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  • Peru | The Joyineer

    photos by Mike Libecki Rain taps on the roof of the tent as Goal Zero ambassador Lilliana Libecki plucks away on her mandolin, huddled together with a small crew of family members at the base of a mountain. A string of Light-A-Life Lights illuminates the faces of these adventurous souls who will soon be climbing Ishinca, a peak that...

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  • SHARE THE SUN | Partners for Emergency Relief

    We exist to empower human potential. The last several months have brought unprecedented events across the world; natural disasters of devastating proportion have affected friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. And in these times of need humanity shines brighter than ever, the outpouring of support we receive on a daily basis is astounding and inspiring. With the help of communities...

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  • Kenya | Off the Grid

    Goal Zero ambassador Alex Honnold travels the world climbing incredible rock walls; he also literally empowers people along the way. On a recent climbing trip to Kenya, Honnold and his crew used Goal Zero solar panels and portable power packs to charge the camera equipment needed to document their adventure. Afterwards, they left it all behind for an organization...

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  • Ghana | Healthier, Smarter, Brighter

    Welcome back to Kushea! Goal Zero was created from a need observed by TIFIE Humanitarian.  The need for reliable, renewable, clean power has shackled global development for too long.  Born to serve this purpose, Goal Zero has intertwined its fate with TIFIE for the long run. In 2015, we decided to send a team of passionate employees to help solar...

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  • NEPAL | Rays of Joy

    In June of 2016, a group of Goal Zero Employees, Nepalese Sherpas, and Goal Zero Ambassadors Mike and Lilliana Libecki, accompanied representatives of Human Outreach Project to Nepal’s famed Khumbu Valley to distribute solar equipment, Dell Computers, a divvy water filtration system, and gifts to monasteries, schools and medical clinics. By Andy Earl, Goal Zero Content Manager and Photographer I...

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  • Climbing Kilimanjaro | A 12-Year-Old’s Passion Project

    It was still dark, and would be for hours, when Lilliana Libecki crawled from her tent. She and her father, Mike Libecki, were five days into their push to summit the highest free-standing mountain in the world, Kilimanjaro. Preparations were made and they started the final leg of their ascent. After hours of hiking, the faint glow from the…

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  • Ghana | Powering Education

    Power. It’s an afterthought for those of us that have it constantly at our fingertips. When we don’t have it, light isn’t all that we lose. The modern world is so tied to technology that an upbringing without access to power makes escaping poverty almost impossible. In April, 2015 we partnered with Tifie Humanitarian and Point Innovate and sent...

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  • Philippines Spotlight: 90 Days Later

    A little over three months ago our team finished installing a transitional housing project in partnership with TIFIE Humanitarian, Barebones and Action Humanitarian. In these few short months, the inhabitants of the Barebones Tents have started to turn the shelters into homes. Gardens and trees have been planted, landscaping is being finished and decorations are being hung. Steps are…

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  • Philippines Spotlight: The School

    After Typhoon Yolanda came through Barangay Donghol the school was left in ruin. Portions of the building were destroyed, reliable power and infrastructure failed and almost all supplies and equipment were lost. Along with our partners- Action Humanitarian, Tifie Humanitarian, and Barebones Living- we were able to help get the school back on its feet by donating laptops equipped…

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  • Philippines Spotlight: Gregorio Cuevas

    Guest post by Jon Woozley, Co-Founder/Director of ACTION Humanitarian. As an officer with ACTION Humanitarian we have coordinated numerous relief efforts in the affected areas since the typhoon made landfall in November 2013. I lead our initial response team of medical professionals and reconstruction specialists one week after the typhoon. We focused on medical care and initial demolition of fallen...

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  • Philippines Spotlight: Shelter, Power and Gardens

    After our first trip to the Philippines in January of 2014 we sat down with our partners, Barebones, Tifie and Action Humanitarian, and decided how we could best use our resources to help the people affected by the typhoon. From our assessments on the ground we were able to identify approximately 50 families that could benefit from shelter, power...

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  • Share The Sun: Mike Libecki In Kyrgyzstan

    During the summer of 2013, Mike Libecki, Ethan Pringle, Liv Sansoz, and photographer Keith Ladzinski headed for the Tian Shan Mountains in search of first ascents and an opportunity to serve.

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  • Share the Sun: Philippines – Assessing the damage

    The world stopped as accounts of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, began to make their way into news outlets. The unprepared residents of the Philippines were subjected to torrential rains, sustained winds up to 195 mph, and devastating storm surges. Ships were heaved from the ocean, trees were ripped from the ground, homes were…

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  • Backyard Project: The Farm
    Backyard Project: The Farm

    The Goal Zero name was built around these core goals; zero apathy, zero boundaries and zero regrets. These goals drive us to help, explore and take those risks needed to to become the best version of ourselves. Thanks to these goals we have been able to become involved with different projects all around the world and in our own…

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  • Share the Sun: Navajo Nation Video Recap
    Share the Sun: Navajo Nation Video Recap

    Check out the recap of our latest Share the Sun project in Navajo Nation, Monument Valley. A great project for an even greater people.

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  • Share the Sun: The Navajo Solar Project
    Share the Sun: The Navajo Solar Project

    Roughly 250,000 people call this “domestically dependent” sovereign nation home. It is a place full of diverse landscapes, tradition, beauty, and history. Many inhabitants live in such remote places that simple amenities like running water, power and lights aren’t available. Miles of rugged dirt roads separate neighbors and the cost of running power and water to each home becomes…

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  • Northern Navajo Nation: The Need for Light
    Northern Navajo Nation: The Need for Light

    Roughly 18,000 households in the Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation don’t have access to electricity. Although there have been efforts to connect these homes to the grid…

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  • Backing Up Lives With The Yeti 1250
    Backing Up Lives With The Yeti 1250

    (Guest post by: Rebecca Litchfield) It is raining out and I am loading up the back of my Tahoe with almost 700 lbs of batteries. It is actually a beautiful thing.

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  • Share the Sun
    Share the Sun

    “The villagers remembered me from my visit 13 years ago and they couldn’t be more psyched about receiving all the GZ gear” -Mike Libecki   Fundraising for the first ever Share the Sun project was completed on Tuesday. GZnation and other supporters were able to raise a total of $3,190 to supply light and power for 50 villagers in...

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  • Mike Libecki Shares the Sun in Kyrgystan
    Mike Libecki Shares the Sun in Kyrgystan

    The very first Share the Sun project is fully funded and ready for action. Thanks to GZnation and other supporters, a new life is available to the people of this mountain village in Kyrgystan. As we speak, Mike Libecki and his crew are headed to the nomadic village with power and lights- both resources they have never been able...

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  • More Power for Hurricane Sandy Survivors

    As we start tallying the total dollars and cents from You Buy One, We Give One, we can’t help but take a quick moment to applaud Goal Zero Nation. You accepted our challenge and have blown our minds with your willingness to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. And according to you, our first truckload of gear totaling $300,000...

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  • A Homecoming of Sorts

    The Goal Zero Hurricane Sandy Relief Squad has returned to Utah, and yet their homecoming is bittersweet. Dave, James and Jaremy are restless and biting at the bit to return to the cold, dark and now snow covered streets of the Rockaways, New York. “There is so much more we have to do,” says James. “We want to be...

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  • Goal Zero Nation Totals: Week One

    Check out the amazing Goal Zero Nation: Week 1 totals from You Buy One, We Give One. Goal Zero Contributing Retailers These retailers have been key players in contributing to our mission to re-power Hurricane Sandy Survivors. Amazon.com 410 Kits Lowe’s 203 kits Newtek Supply 121 kits Wayne Workman Sales 110 kits Herrington Catalog 93 kits GRC Commerce 89...

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  • Hurricane Sandy Relief: Day 3

    Monday’s update comes to us from James, one of the Goal Zero Sandy Relief Squad members. Our relief efforts were amplified today when we were able to team up with the National Guard, who got us into a restricted area within the Rockaways. We hooked up with Oscar, who is the go-to-guy for all distribution of donations to the...

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  • Sandy Relief Squad Update: Day 2
    Sandy Relief Squad Update: Day 2

    Sunday began at Brooklyn Boulders, where the Relief Squad learned just how strong Goal Zero Nation can be. Overwhelmed with the task of unloading and organizing product into useable kits, the team put out a call for volunteers through Twitter and Facebook and received much-welcomed help from two outstanding volunteers, Colter and Sarah. It was quickly decided the team...

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  • Sunday Plans : GZ Relief Team – Superstorm Sandy
    Sunday Plans : GZ Relief Team – Superstorm Sandy

    This post is unedited and quoted directly from James Atkin, part of our Goal Zero Relief team. His email update from last night: “Wanted to give you a update of what we did today and where we will be tomorrow. We are running on 3 hours of sleep and charged a solid 20 hours straight today but it was...

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  • On the ground in Sandy’s Aftermath
    On the ground in Sandy’s Aftermath

    The Goal Zero relief squad left yesterday afternoon from Salt Lake City, Utah in order to meet the semi truck full of Goal Zero products and prepare to start distributing the much needed portable solar power to the individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy. Here are some words from the relief team: “The closest hotel was in Allentown, PA. We...

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  • Solar Power Disaster Relief for Hurricane Sandy
    Solar Power Disaster Relief for Hurricane Sandy

    You Buy One, We Give One. As the rest of the world watches the devastating results of Hurricane Sandy, we at Goal Zero are jumping to action. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve spent our time boxing up solar power recharging kits and filling an Interide semi truck to help repower the east coast. And thanks to our amazing...

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