Lyte Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that in its initial years of existence hopes to build a record of service with small projects financed through micro grants and other fundraising enterprises.
The Lyte Foundation members believe in personal empowerment through education.
About the project:
Lights 4 Lives is a simple project: Enhancing visibility of pedestrians will enhance their safety, especially if they’re also armed with information about how to avoid the most hazardous circumstances. Too often, people who are focused on their economic survival, simply making their way to and from work and school, do not take time to protect themselves. Everyone, regardless of means, deserves access to safety information and equipment.
Working with organizations such as Walkwise Hawaii, the local chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons and others that are working for pedestrian safety should help to bring down the incidence of injury and death of pedestrians and cyclists. The city and county of Honolulu — Oahu — has suffered from a high rate of pedestrian deaths.
Lights 4 Lives would involve the distribution of battery-powered, clip-on lights pedestrians could use to increase their visibility in crosswalks, many of them not equipped with traffic signals. Lights that have been distributed through other projects have been quite small; Lyte Foundation has identified wholesale suppliers of models that are more visible and are powered by more easily replaced batteries.
Many of the groups to whom Lyte would make presentations would be senior groups, students and others who could put the gift of a light to good use. Some of the professional and community groups we are approaching, however, may be able to support the continuation of the outreach through donations collected at the presentations. We would hope to do one or two larger-scale presentations as well as monthly small-group gatherings.
In addition, Lights 4 Lives would work to support recent government initiatives that support the same objective. For example, the city recently has approved a policy to include pedestrian and bicycle safety considerations in roadway improvements; activities also could include consultations with planners to help identify locations in need of such improvement.