The Philippines – Villages

High School students continue their efforts to light up villages after successful first distribution!

Typical huts in the village of Pamuwisan, in Mindoro, where the Philippines team will be distributing next April.

After distributing solar lights to 250 families in Catanduanes, Philippines, these student volunteers are continuing their efforts to an even larger scale. With a generous grant from Energizer, these young people will be delivering more than 2700 solar lights to many communities scattered around the Philippines. These lights will change the lives of more than ten thousand people by providing clean, electrical lighting to their lives.

The organization has had the absolute privilege to work with Tricia Peralta, Mark Lozano, Sierra Fan, Ben Turner, Lance Katigbak, Monica Recto, JV Valerio, Raffy Tanpho, and Cheska Rosas. Mark, JV, and Raffy are high school students living in Manila, Philippines. Lance, Tricia, and Cheska are freshmen studying at the University of the Philippines. Sierra  is a senior at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA, and Ben Turner is a student at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Canada.

Read about last year’s project experience with “Stories from the Field: Philippines“,  “Sierra’s Reflections“, “Mark’s Reflection“, “Joel’s Story“, and “Lighting up Lives“.

Young People Making a Difference

Solar Lanterns: 2,750 pcs

A Catanduanes resident shows off a candle she uses for light

Learn More About It

  • Youth-led initiative by students in Palo Alto, Canada and the Philippines in cooperation with various corporations, schools and rotary clubs.
  • On-going Philippine projects are in Catanduanes, Eastern Samar, Oriental Mindoro, Rizal, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Cagayan de Oro.
  • More than 15 million Filipinos, or 2,274 communities, have no access to electricity. This is an indicator of the lack of infrastructure, healthcare, education, and other social services in these areas.
  • Many more Filipinos may have access to electricity, but they cannot afford to use it.
  • Development is hard to come by in these areas because of frequent typhoons, landslides, and other natural calamities. These destroy homes and take away thousands of lives.
  • A family, composed of 5-7 people, earn around $50 a month. Of that money, about 15 – 30% is used to buy kerosene or diesel fuel for their lighting needs. 50% of their budget goes to food. The rest is devoted to healthcare, education, and their other needs.
  • Respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, lung cancer, and bronchitis, are common causes of death often attributable to kerosene, and diesel used.
  • Kerosene-related accidents such as burns and residential fires are not uncommon in these areas.
  • Solar lights will allow families to allocate their budgets to more important matters such as education and nutrition, to allow them to alleviate themselves from their current poverty.

A group of children in the village of Centro in Mindoro, where the team will be distributing next April.

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We would like to acknowledge the support of our partners on the many projects in the Philippines.

We’d like to thank the Spirit of Edsa Foundation, Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc, the Rotary Club of Edmonton West, the Rotary Club of Victoria, the Rotary Club of Virac, the Calmar Secondary School Interact Club, University of the Philippines Diliman Business Administration Council, PAREF Southridge School, and Gunn High School. Their support has been invaluable to the project.

We’d also like to extend our gratitude to Caritas Filipinas, the Certified Brokerage Group and Solutions Using Renewable Energy (SURE, Inc.) for making this project possible by providing logistical support, connecting One Million Lights to these rural communities.

Thanks to Philippine Airlines for providing international shipping free of charge for the 250 solar-powered lights distributed in Catanduanes in 2011. We’d also like to thank Orient Freight International for providing free storage and transportation of the lights within the Philippines to all of One Million Lights’ Philippines 2012 projects.

Thanks also to SunPower for donating solar panels to other projects as well in the Philippines.

And last but not least, a very special thank you to Energizer, who graciously provided support with all aspects of this project.

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$15 will provide one solar-powered lantern for a family.