A Liter of Light

By Alpha Miguel-Sanford

In the Philippines, the number of families living in the dark is still rampant. Over three million residents remain powerless outside Metro Manila. In this electronic age, this lifestyle is unimaginable but in countries such as the Philippines, where poverty is also a huge issue, this predicament remains a daily part of these people’s lives.

When I read about Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), my first thought was, “Was that misspelled?” In my mind, I thought the word ‘liter’ was supposed to be ‘litter’, as I know from my experiences growing up that the Philippines garbage disposal and waste management practices were not yet in any comparison with the Westerners. Putting that aside, I thought that someone created a program that will enlighten (light) Filipinos about disposing their litter properly. But, I was completely wrong. Or, sort of.

As I learn about this initiative I understand more about it. The word ‘liter’ actually comes from the liter size of a soda bottle which they use as a solar light bulb. With this soda bottle, they fill up with water and chlorine then follows a few other steps in making sure that the soda bottle and the mixture will stay in place. The installation of the solar light bulb on the roof happens thereafter. Within a few hours, the soda bottle becomes a source of light to the household members and they can now finally live in light.

Here is the step-by-step procedure: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-a-SOLAR-BOTTLE-BULB/

 

Why am I actually sharing this?

It is because the world is still lucky to have pioneers like the founder of the Isang Litong Liwanag whose aim is to help people in darkness see light in their house. People like Illac Diaz, a Filipino student whose vision is to bring low-cost technologies to underprivileged communities so they may experience what the rest of the world is enjoying with the presence of light – that I salute and give respect all the time.

As I finish this part of my post, I think of all the people worldwide (India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, Ethiopia, Camaroon, etc.) where situations like these are very common. I think of all the blessings you and I share on a daily basis that we sometimes take for granted, such as the electricity. I think of how I feel entitled to automated utilities like water, gas or oil, heat and electricity that I get irritated with a few minutes of power interruption. I feel foolish.

I wonder how my patience is if I ever have to experience living in the dark?

I wonder how tolerant I may be in situations like this?

Hmmm…

How about you?

 

About the Author: Alpha Miguel-Sanford, is the founder and editor of Aspire.Motivate.Succeed, a personal development website, with the vision of educating and inspiring individuals in their pursuit of happiness and success. You can contact her at amsdaily@yahoo.com, follow and like her on Facebook Page AMSDaily and be friends with her on Twitter @identitysolved.