Why The Philippines?
Widespread poverty is the single most important challenge facing the Philippines. About 80% of the country’s poor live in rural areas, which are located deep in the mountains and the rice fields. Most of these areas do not have electricity and depend on dangerous toxic fumes of kerosene lanterns. The major cause of poverty in these areas is decline in productivity and profitability of farming. In addition, these areas have high illiteracy rates because children are forced to drop out of school and work in the fields. Having children around to help means more income for the family.
By giving Energizer solar-powered lights to these communities we are providing a sustainable solution to the lack of electricity. The lights will also give the children the opportunity to continue their studies at night and prevent inhalation of toxic fumes that are so potent.