Give Them Light
The project owner
- Baliguian Island, Concepcion, IloIlo
- Kuala Lumpur
400 peoples divided over 95 families need light. With 190 solar lights, their future will be directly impacted, giving them the opportunity to rebuild their future in a sustainable way. The solar lights will provide clean energy for mother's to feed their babies, children to read and men to work after dark. Every donation of €11,- will change their lives. Providing them with 1 solar light.
The Baligiuan island (Philippines) is flat remote fishing island, which was hit by the Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. A 20 feet tall wave and strong winds of up to 300Kmph destroyed houses, infrastructure and powersources on the island, leaving 95 families in the dark. Those 95 families are still living without access to power. Due to the location of the island it is not expected to be restored soon. To be able to live and work the community needs light. They now use dangerous kerosene lamps a few generators and torch lights. Due to the cost of generators and torchlights the kerosene lamps are used most frequently. The kerosene lamps are hazardous to health, can blind and burn the users next to causing severe lung problems. The community needs light, giving them solar powered lights will give them a better chance to rebuild their island.
When sufficient funds have been donated we will buy 190 Nokero N200 Solar lights. The Nokero N200 Crestone is the most economical solar light on the market. The Crestone is ideal for indoor and outdoor lighting, including feeding babies, cooking, reading, fishermen and emergency lighting. With the help of locals and humanitarian partners the lights will be transported to the island. The project will be photographed, documented and posted on the website of the project owner.
- The locals Filipinos are mainly fisherman, they use pump boats to fish and get their daily source of income. The 95 families, with the total populations of approximately 800 people live on this tiny island. Mainly children under the age of 16 years old. It is remote. It is pretty much in the middle of the Visayan Sea. Small outrigger boats go back and forth from Panay to Baliguian, taking about 2.5 hours each way.
Why (Project owners drive)
I was also a volunteer/media person with an international NGO here during the disaster relief aid here in Panay Island on November 2013 to February 2014. While in Philippines I met many more volunteers from around the world and I met children living in poverty. Finally I found my project through this journey, ‘Give Them Light’. That’s where the solar lights project started too. I plan to come for a month and ended up staying for 4 months. I experienced things that I never imagined before. The devastation, the poverty and the homeless in millions. My project is a photographic journey about creating awareness into the lives of children living without basic needs and in poverty. In early 2014 I decided to leave my home in Malaysia for good, sold everything I owned and be here for this stories to photograph poverty and children and to get the solar lights to this villages.
Relation between the project partner (excecution) and the project owner (fundraising)
Through my humanitarian and aid relief work here during the Haiyan Typhoon in November 2013, I met and got to know many local friends, NGOs and partners.
Purchase of Solar Light
- - Order of 190 pcs Nokero N200 Solar Lights from Nokero Int, Hong Kong. Shipped to Roxas, Panay Island in 2 weeks. - Sorting & Delivery to Baliguian Island in 1 week.
- 4 weeks