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Illuminating India

Illuminating India

By: Kirpa Wirk, February 2015 Kirpa Wirk of Santa Cruz, a senior at University of California Santa Cruz, has long been passionate about passing on knowledge. She was inspired by the work of non-profit organizations broadening educational horizons of students around the world, and pursued to become a Global Ambassador for One Million Lights. In [Read more…]


Alternative Spring Break- Lives, Perspectives and Reflections

Alternative Spring Break- Lives, Perspectives and Reflections

March 2014 In March, One Million Lights partnered with NGO Long Way Home, Santa Cruz Hillel and Oregon Hillel for an Alternative Spring Break Program to distribute 150 solar lights to school children, teachers, and construction workers for a sustainable school that is being built  in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala.   Here are some blog [Read more…]


Alternative Spring Break- Long Way Home

Alternative Spring Break- Long Way Home

February 2014 In the last week of March of 2014, groups of college students from Oregon Hillel and Santa Cruz Hillel will be embarking on an “Alternative SpringBreak” trip to work with the non profit organization “Long Way Home” in rural Guatemala.  Long Way Home is constructing an 18 classroom school campus in the 98% [Read more…]


Project Light up One’s Life

Project Light up One's Life

December, 2013 As part of One Million Lights’ Global Ambassador Program, Jane Oyugi and Mark Collins distributed 101 solar lights in the village of Bugandika, Tanzania in December 2013.  The goal of the project was to raise funds from family and friends so as to distribute solar lights to replace the polluting kerosene lamps that [Read more…]


Tara and Emily- Lighting the Way

Tara and Emily- Lighting the Way

January, 2014 Tara and Emily contacted One Million Lights for a last minute ambassador project. They were travelling to Haiti in just a few weeks to deliver goods to an orphanage and wanted to bring 20 solar lights with them.  Here are two beautiful stories from their experience. Lighting the Way. Written by: Emily Bentley [Read more…]


Life in the Slums of Mumbai

Life in the Slums of Mumbai

January, 2014 Aparna Bhatia traveled to Mumbai, India this past Fall to distribute solar lights to numerous slum areas.  She was born in Mumbai and moved to the United States in 1997.  She was impressed with what One Million Lights was doing to help light up the lives and dark worlds of underprivileged women, children, [Read more…]


Lights for Philippines

Lights for Philippines

Student Madeline will travel to rural Asia in April to deliver 50 solar lights to a school or a clinic. Please consider donating a light today.


Project Light Up One’s Life – Bugandika, Tanzania, December 2013

Project Light Up One’s Life – Bugandika, Tanzania, December 2013

North America at night: Africa at night: Approximately 1.3 billion people in the world have no access to electricity and 600 million (46%) of those people live on the continent of Africa.  Without electricity, one needs to rely on dirty fossil fuels such as kerosene as a source for lighting.  Kerosene lamps are inefficient and [Read more…]


Lighting up students’ lives at Miguel S. Mondia Elementary School

Lighting up students' lives at Miguel S. Mondia Elementary School

I was exhausted right after the long trek and delivery of solar lamps this past August, when a woman tentatively approached me, and declared:  “Salamat gid, Toto, sa bulig.”Not sure what to say, I smiled, nodded and moved on.  But those words, which roughly meant, “Thank you, sir, for your help,” just capped the most [Read more…]


Iluminating Indonesia

Iluminating Indonesia

Original article here In August of 2013,  Nikki Freyermuth, a One Million Lights volunteer, traveled with One Million Lights, Energizer and Wahli to distribute 1,200 Energizer solar lanterns to 6 villages outside of Bekasi in Indonesia.  Below is her story. I step out of the car into a blanket of heat. I am wearing a [Read more…]


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Sierra‘s Reflections - Philippines
After a week-long distribution of 180 solar lights, Light Ambassador Sierra Fan reflects on her experience in the Philippines.

Distributing solar lights in rural India
The absolute joy in the face of a child who has just received his very own solar light… so that he can read at night… is 100% worth every penny.

Jessica‘s story - Olmoti Clinic, Tanzania
Ambassador Jessica Matthys: The solar lanterns will make a significant impact on these women‘s lives.