International Day of Light celebrations


16 May is marked out in global calendars as the International Day of Light and All We Can are celebrating!

According to UNESCO, this day is to be used as ‘an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light.’ This includes the role of light in science, culture, art, education and sustainable development. This fits in well with many aspects of All We Can’s work including the use of solar powered irrigation systems in Malawi, creating safe spaces for Rohingya refugee women that have solar powered fans and gardens, and advocacy work in India that shines a light on injustice.

In order to spark up some excitement for this day, All We Can has been collecting pieces of writing from supporters, as they answer the question, ‘what does light means to you?’

Here are just some of the wonderful responses. 

All We Can is aiming to ignite this day with a creative spark! We are calling for more supporters to put pen to paper and send in inspiring pieces of writing answering the question. These pieces will be posted on the website and All We Can’s social media channels.

All We Can is also encouraging people to share pieces of writing on social media. The intention is to flood the internet with light and hope on May 16 2009, and have the wonderful work of supporters seen by as many people as possible.

If you are in London, All We Can will also be hosting a reflective space open for free, on 16 May, from 10am to 4pm in Methodist Church House. There will be a video installation, writing from supporters, and a chance to reflect on this day.

Join All We Can, send us a piece of writing, view pieces or RSVP to the reflective space at


Learn more about becoming a Partner Church