How to Connect With Others
By Anna Sidana Founder, One Million Lights November 12, 2014 Original article here It is unusual for me to take the time to enjoy a cup of coffee without having my cell phone handy or my computer open. But today, after completing a project and waiting for the next one to come along — yes, [Read more…]
What Can a Single Flashlight Do
By Anna Sidana Founder, One Million Lights July 29, 2014 Original article here When a child is born, leaving the warm comfort of its mother’s womb and bursting into the world with a cry, there is hope. Hope for the mother that her child will be amazing, will achieve greatness and be a compassionate human [Read more…]
Changing Light to Change Lives
By Anna Sidana Founder, One Million Lights May 19, 2014 Original article here What if there were a simple, cheap way to advance the education of millions of the world’s poorest children, and to improve their health and that of everyone in their communities? What if, at the same time, this simple, inexpensive solution would [Read more…]
Race for a Cause: Why People Really Give
By Anna Sidana Founder, One Million Lights June 24, 2014 Original article here Almost a thousand people had signed up for the race. I boarded the plane from San Francisco to Chicago for an overnight trip — just long enough to spend Saturday evening in the city, attend the race and then turn back the [Read more…]
Peru – Anna’s Thoughts
Peru – Anna’s Story: They are Rich, We are Poor
I recently spent a few weeks in Peru – part of the time, deep in the Amazon jungle with the Huachipaire and Machiguenga villagers, and part with a home-stay family at a rural and forgotten potato plantation in the high Andes. It was a grueling trip but enriching at the same time. The most fascinating part of it was that the trip made me rethink many of my preconceived notions. I had gone there thinking that I would help alleviate poverty but I ended up wondering who was poor – them or us? I had thought that education was good but ended up wondering what is education?
Anna’s Story — When the sun sets everyday, millions of homes around the world go into darkness. With all the advances in technology, we should be able to offer a clean and eco-friendly solution to these families.
My first goal is to distribute 1 million lights to further children’s education and to improve lives of people in rural communities around the world.
My story was inspired by a school in rural Rajasthan, India. My father started this school 45 years ago as an elementary school with five children. Today, the school provides education through high school and it is recognized as a school of excellence