The campaign will be spearheaded by 2 former CNN heroes; Evans Wadongo who was recognized for his efforts in 'Saving lives' with solar-powered lights in Kenya and Malawi and Effren Penaflorida, a Philippine native, recognized for his outreach teaching project. Together, they will help light up Tacloban city and other parts, by distributing 1000 solar lanterns to 1000 families and aid workers. This will be done by acquiring materials and training local youth in assembling the solar lamps
The issue is lack of electricity in Tacloban city as a result of typhoon Haiyan and according to the government; it will take very long time to fix the problem. This poses security risks to families and a huge challenge to aid workers in their relief efforts. There is also shortage of fuel supplies hence families cannot use kerosene lamps. Children have been affected and cannot study at night due to lack of lighting.
Families will light up homes without electricity with our solar lanterns. This will not only normalize their lives in the midst of a sudden change but also make their temporary homes safer. Additionally, the lanterns will make the working environment of the aid workers better thus allowing them to reach more people. Over 5,000 children will also be able to study using the solar lamps. Families will not need to buy kerosene but use that money for other needs such as food.
In the long term, education quality will improve for over 5,000 children who will use the lamps for studying. At least 500 youth affected will acquire skills in making solar lamps, and earn income. The 1000 families will live in safer conditions, and will make make savings of over $ 1000 each month by not using kerosene. Tonnes of carbon dioxide will be eliminated from the environment by using cleaner solar lamps.