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Solar Lamps for 900 Indigenous Filipino Children

by Global Peace Festival Foundation Philippines, Inc.
Solar Lamps for 900 Indigenous Filipino Children
Solar Lamps for 900 Indigenous Filipino Children
Solar Lamps for 900 Indigenous Filipino Children
Solar Lamps for 900 Indigenous Filipino Children
Solar Lamps for 900 Indigenous Filipino Children
Lila happily shares her experience to our team
Lila happily shares her experience to our team
Lila, 8 years old, is from a family of indigenous tribe in the Philippines called Mangyan. She is one of the beneficiaries who received a solar lamp in Barangay Panantayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.  According to her, having a solar lamp in their house makes her proud because even though they are "living in the forest," she can "do things like what other children living in the city can do at night."  She mentioned that because she likes to play and spend time with her family and study at night, the solar lamp she received through the donations to Global Peace Foundation's All Lights Village Program helps her to make those things possible. 
Her mother also expressed that aside from being able to save money (in paying regular monthly household electrical bills or buying gas for kerosene lamps), one of the advantages of having a solar lamp in their home is that it is not subject to  blackouts as an outcome of extreme weather. She added that unlike those people who are living in the city and are dependent on energy supplied by the local electric power company, they don't worry on having access to light at night during typhoon.
 
It is truly amazing, knowing that our project can help children like Lila and their families experience better lives with simple innovative tools such as solar lamps. It makes us more inspired to work harder. With the support of our partners in development like you, here's to hoping that we can can help more communities and families in off-grid and far flung areas.

Global Peace Foundation Philippines and Inner Wheel Clubs of the Philippines Inc. (IWCPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 7 at Club Filipino in San Juan City Philippines.   The signing was attested by IWCPI National Board of Trustees, headed by Ms. Donna Jiao, and Global Peace Foundation International representatives, headed by Mr. Jinsoo Kim, GPF Asia Pacific Regional Representative, and Dr. Soonok Kang, GPF International Vice President and Secretary General of Global Peace Women International.

The signing also aims to strengthen the partnership of both parties in raising funds to provide solar lamps to indigenous children and youth and overall, adopting the All lights Village Project implementation in various indigenous people communities in the Philippines.  Following the signing, GPF and IWCPI will be conducting site validations in different municipalities of Luzon, in coordination with the local government units, to identify IP communities with the most urgent needs.

In the previous quarters, we are able to gather support from individuals and organizations like IWCPI who made it possible so indigenous youth and children from 84 families in Oriental Mindoro can receive solar lamps to help further their studies and general welfare. While we are far from the goal, we have faith on individuals and organizations who are willing to support this noble cause. Make a donation today or help us reach out to more individuals. With more people aware of our cause, we’ll be step closer to reaching our goal!

With a Mangyan child and his mother
With a Mangyan child and his mother

Seventy two children from families of Mangyan ethnic group received solar lanterns in our latest project in Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro. According to mangyan.org, Mangyan is the collective name for the eight indigenous groups living in Mindoro, each with its own name, language, and set of customs. The indigenous peoples community also received three solar street lights to promote security, improve safety, and extend hours for social activities in the area.

Global Peace Foundation Philippines, through Global Peace Women Philippines, in partnership with Inner Wheel District 380 (headed by Dr. Nona Ricafort) co-organized the second phase of turn-over. Members from eight Inner Wheel Clubs donated for the solar street lamps and solar street lights provided to the community.

This year, help us reach our goal by sharing this good news to your family, friends, and colleagues. Every donation helps increase literacy, improve health, and cultivate environmentally-sustainable living for children from indigenous peoples communities. Together, let's champion the advancement of social conditions and overall quality of life for indigenous peoples in the Philippines!

Mangyan mother and child
Mangyan mother and child
72 families receive solar lamps and street lights
72 families receive solar lamps and street lights
One of Mr. Bugkat
One of Mr. Bugkat's children receives a solar lamp

Global Peace Foundation Philippines, in partnership with Inner Wheel of Club of the Philippines District 380, Central Pasig, and Central Ortigas will turn-over solar lanterns to benefit hundreds of indigenous children on November 13 in Sitio Hawili, Brgy. Panaytayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro.

Aside from solar lanterns, the community of Mangyan tribe of Hanunuo will also receive solar street lights to promote security and safety in the area.

Mr. Bugkat, a parent of three, expressed his gratitude to Global Peace Foundation and its partners and supporters for bringing light to their community. According to him, the solar lamps help the children study at night without being exposed to kerosene, and help the parents become more productive by extending hours in which they can do household chores and livelihood activities. One of Mr. Bugkat’s children is a recipient when GPF Philippines distributed solar lamps in Mansalay last July.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we continue to give light and hope to under-served population in the Philippines. Be with us as we strive to reach out to more communities and bring transformation to lives of hundreds of indigenous children. This Holiday season help us achieve our goal by sharing this news to your family and friends who might be looking for opportunities to help children and parents like Mr. Bugkat.

Despite the inclement weather, Global Peace Foundation Philippines team pursued the first phase of turn-over for the project, “Solar Lamps for 900 Indigenous Filipino Children,” at Sitio Hawili, Barangay Panaytayan, Mansalay in Oriental Mindoro last July 9, 2018.

Together with Ms. Ann Montejo, Program Director for Education, and representatives from the local government of Mansalay, we were welcomed by parents and children representing 12 families from Hanunuo tribe.

The turn-over ceremony of solar lanterns started with a short prayer led by one of the locals. After that, I gave a brief orientation about Global Peace Foundation and also explained how to use and maintain the solar lanterns.

The local government representative, Mr. Cyrus Montes, thanked the project organizers and donors and emphasized the value of lanterns in making the lives of people from the indigenous community convenient. He assured that as a partner of Global Peace Foundation Philippines, he will assist in monitoring the maintenance of the lanterns.

The families were as grateful as the government representatives. During the turn-over ceremony, one of the indigenous children, Milma, an 11-year old girl who is currently in her 3rd grade from a public elementary school in Mansalay, expressed her appreciation for the project and its donors. She was happy that she can finally do her school works even at night time with the help of the lantern she and her family received. Knowing that people are willing to support children like her achieve their dreams, Milma became more determined to study better.

Orientation with the families
Orientation with the families
Mr. Montes explaining the value of solar lanterns
Mr. Montes explaining the value of solar lanterns
with Milma and her father
with Milma and her father

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Global Peace Festival Foundation Philippines, Inc.

Location: Quezon City - Philippines
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Project Leader:
Fahly Poblete
Quezon City, Philippines

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