Video from the first One Million Lights Philippines distribution in Catanduanes last May 2011.
Over 15 million Filipinos still live without access to electricity. They live in off-grid, rural communities often located either deep in the mountains or near the ocean, making it very difficult to reach them. Energizer and the One Million Lights Philippines team will be bringing them solar lights, among other items that will help them on a daily basis.
For many of these people who do not have electricity, their days are dictated by the rise and fall of the sun. At 4:30 in the morning, when only a dim ray of light can be seen across the horizon, villagers are already up, making their way towards the fields to farm or the coasts.
Untouched Paradise – at first sight, these two words perfectly describe Joel’s home. The village is surrounded by lush greenery. The mountain air is cool and refreshing. A few steps into the forest, one finds a clear, flowing river filled with fish. It is truly nature at its finest. However, the lives of people like.
April 11, 2011 gave me a high that I have never felt in my life. It was the day wherein the benefits of months and months of work were to materialize in a 5 hour, 250 solar lamp distribution project in Barangay Dugui Too. This community is one of the poorest on the Catanduanes Island.
Kalinga and Apayao Kalinga and Apayao are provinces in the Philippines which are part of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) located in the northern part of Luzon. This region is very mountainous since the Cordillera mountain range spans the entire length of the province.
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 following article was published in the Ayala Alabang Village Association News, the community newsletter of Tricia and Mark’s village. One Million Lights: Lighting Up Lives By: Tricia Peralta and Mark Lozano The story of One Million Lights – Philippines began after Mark came back from the Global Youth Leaders Conference (GYLC) in Washington, D.C.
High School students continue their efforts to light up villages after successful first distribution!
After distributing solar lights to 250 families in Catanduanes, Philippines, these student volunteers are continuing their efforts to an even larger scale.
The Philippines struggles to rebuild after Typhoon Washi. One Million Lights provides 300 lights for the victims of this disaster.
n December, Typhoon Washi swept through the Philippines, claiming two cities in northern Mindanao, and more than 1,200 lives. Flash floods and mudslides washed away entire homes, with residents still inside. On the morning of December 18, the people of Cagayan De Oro found only mud and debris where their villages once stood. 10,000 homes were destroyed, and 60,000 Filipinos were homeless.