What I and many others who work trying to save lives in the developing world want is
low cost, effective lightning protection (LP) for the masses
– the people farming, herding, walking to market, studying in their (unprotected) classrooms, sleeping in their homes, etc. Here in the developed world, almost all of us are within steps of ‘lightning safe’ structures or metal vehicles 99+% of the time. People in Bangladesh, most of Africa, and substantial parts of South America are at risk 24/7/365 regardless of their activity because they have no ‘lightning safe’ places to go. Without lightning safe structures, THERE IS NO LIGHTNING SAFETY.
Lightning protection (LP) is expensive. We are finding that it costs approximately $4000 per building to retrofit the many small buildings that make up the
typical Ugandan school
– far too expensive for local districts to afford and expensive even for our donors to consider. Building LP into the construction would be better but also expensive and requires the government’s buy-in, which is another story altogether!