One Million Lights in Isla Verde
One Million Lights’ (OML) mission is to improve the daily lives of children and adults by providing clean and healthy lighting. Our goal is to distribute one million (1,000,000) solar lights to replace dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps.
Last March 18, 2017, OML came another step further in realizing their goal through the distribution of D.LIGHT S300 solar lamps to families from Brgy. San Adres, Isla Verde in Batangas City.
This was also made possible through the generosity of Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) had pledged the donation to purchase the energy efficient, eco-friendly, and robust D.Light Solar led Lamps.
(Pictured above is One Million Light's Mark Lozano together with their donation of d.light S300 solar lanters courtesy of Carlson Wagonlit Travel)
Isla Verde is situated along the bodies of Verde Island Passage between the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, consist of 6-Barangays; Liponpon, San Agapito, San Agustin East; San Agustin West & San Antonio. Being an island community there was no access to light and power and the locals have resorted using kerosene lamps. The main livelihood was fishing but productivity had been quite limited due to the absence of reliable power for fishing, fish storage and selling.
The distribution team lead by Marl Lozano of One Million Lights, Sheila Laquindanum of CWT and Jhun Mallanao of Power 4 All, met up in Makati City at 4am to begin the 5 hour trip to Batangas. From there, the team took a perilous 45 min boat ride to Isla Verde as the sea and wind were rough as these beat up our boat.
(A heartwarming photograph from the hand-over ceremony)
The hand-over ceremony was quaint and sweet. It started with a simple introduction of everyone present, segued to a training on the use, benefits and proper care of the donated solar lamps then several one-on-one dialogues regarding the challenges faced by the locals. Near night time, the distribution team left the island and the beneficiaries went home with bright smiles and bright lights.