MANILA — The United States Embassy in the Philippines has launched its “Lights For All” project at Taguig National High School where over 100 students have begun assembling solar-converted kerosene lamps.
The students target to complete at least 100 to 200 solar-powered lamps which will be distributed to children in remote areas of the country.
The solar-powered lamps are said to be safer to use than lamps that use kerosene.
“1 watt solar panel to light up a 1 watt led light put inside the kerosene lamp. No harm done because there’s no kerosene lamp to be put on; there’s no candle that has to be lighted which actually poses both health and life hazard to children and any other person who will be using these sources of lighting,” said Liter of Life Philippines Director Tessa Sevilla.
The solar-powered lamp can last up to four to five years.
Aside from this project, the US Embassy has other projects in various schools in the country.
“As part of the embassy’s bigger program of working with this and some other schools and all sorts of training, English language training and much else so that we can really develop the skills of kids for the future. We think that’s really important,” said Michael Klecheski, Deputy Chief of Mission of US Embassy Manila.
The United States is working jointly with the Philippine government on various educational programs and economical projects among others. — Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue
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