A Thousand Points of Light

I was not able to join “A Thousand Points of Light” activity in Payatas last Saturday so the most that I can do now is promote this campaign to increase mass awareness and invite more volunteers. I’m sharing the PR material from one of the Pinoy Bloggers:

Press Release: Isang Litrong Liwanag Campaign aims to light up a thousand homes in Payatas

A Thousand Points of Light is the first large-scale activity of the Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light) Project of MyShelter Foundation. The three-day activity, happening on 1-3 July 2011 aims to to bring ‘sustainable’ and ‘green’ lighting technology to 1,000 homes in the Payatas community.

MyShelter Foundation is a non-profit, non-government organization, established in 2005 by its founder and executive director Illac Diaz with a trust of finding uncommon solutions to common problems. Through the years, it has introduced groundbreaking social enterprise, appropriate technologies, and alternative construction in the Philippines, pioneering projects such as the Pier One Seafarer’s Dormitory, the Design Against the Elements (DAtE) (www.designagainsttheelements.org) competition, and the Bottle School Project. With the help and support of partners, sponsors and volunteers, MyShelter Foundation continues to create a system of sustainability and reliability through its capability-building and employment-generating projects.

Isang Litrong Liwanag

There will be light...

Isang Litrong Liwanag, MyShelter Foundation’s latest venture, is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly solar bottle bulb to low-income communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Solar Bottle Bulb is a device based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies – a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

The Solar Bottle Bulb is a contraption made from recyclable PET bottles, CG corrugated sheets and a solution of water, chlorine and salt. By using these readily available materials and the natural source of light – the sun, the people in the community are empowered to utilize a cheap and long-term alternative to electric light. With the solar bottle bulb installed in their homes, housewives will be able to work on their domestic chores; children will be able to study under better light; and households and small-scale businesses can save on their monthly expenses. To date, beneficiaries of the project have been saving Php200-400 a month on their monthly electric bills.

A Thousand Points of Light is the three-day pioneering activity with the singular goal of lighting a thousand homes in the Payatas community. From the garbage, PET bottles will be collected and transformed into Solar Bottle Bulbs. Please refer to the steps attached.

Volunteers will engage in different tasks, from the preparations (involving drilling of holes and organization of materials), to the actual assembly and installation of the bottles in the homes. Apart from displaying the power of the technology, the project aims to bring together the efforts of the community, volunteer delegations from different areas, as well as media and corporate partners namely: Meralco, IPM group, Bosch Foundation, Schneider Electric, Puyat Steel, Themeworks and Mannasoft, in order to show that it is possible for anyone, even with just the simplest of materials, to change the world.

I’d like to be part of the next batch of activities! Visit Share and Care Club for more timely campaigns!

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