Social-impact organisation aims to light up 1500 Philippine homes with solar power

Robert Stockdill

Robert Stockdill

A rural Philippine community is finding it easier to keep the lights on after global non-profit social-impact organisation Women of Global Change (WGC) launched a chapter in the country earlier this year. 

With the support of a Brighter Future For Next Generation, WGC is working with rural communities, including the T’Boli Tribe (Dreamwavers Village) of Lake Sebu in Mindanao.

In a country where the electricity supply is frequently compromised by earthquakes, flooding and severe storms – not to mention communities being locked down due to the Covid-19 pandemic – solar power can offer a stable, and earth-friendly alternative energy supply.  

The group aims to provide solar power to 1500 homes within five years, having already installed systems in 25 homes. 

Philippines chapter president Lovanne Lubaton Gallo says the chapter led by Jared Servano as WGCPH Indigenous Peoples Leader, will schedule installation of solar panels for the people living near Lake Sebu next month.

“It has no access to power energy, and the government has no budget to include them in a plan. For them to eat, work and study night time WGC aims to provide them with solar power.”

Social-impact organisation aims to light up 1500 Philippine homes with solar power
A house in a village near Lake Sebu. Photo Source: Emee Mendal.

The first panels were installed at Calawis, benefiting the Dumagat tribes, last month.

“Some things that can seem so small can mean so much to so many,” explains WGC founder Dame Shellie Hunt. 

“When we share our light, the world can’t help but shine. Every home that receives light for the first time, means a child can read at bedtime. It is truly life-changing.”

Social-impact organisation aims to light up 1500 Philippine homes with solar power
Residents of the village at Lake Sebu will soon have solar power to eat, work and study by. Image: Jared Servano.

The Philippines chapter of WGC is taking action on multiple fronts including lighting up homes with solar power, cleaning the ocean, teaching women educational and sustainable business practices, and offering free computer coding programs.

At the end of this month, WGC’s Philippine chapter plans a campaign to dive deep and clean the ocean off the coast. 

Globally, WGC has helped more than 50,000 families to date.

  • Main image (representative): @RLTheis via Twenty20.
Robert Stockdill

Robert Stockdill

Robert Stockdill is a content writer with more than 30 years of experience in five countries. His style has built upon award-winning success in news and features in the print media to leadership in digital communication, spanning news websites, social media, magazines, brochures, and contributing to books. Recognising the devastating impact of consumer behaviour on the planet and wanting to help make a difference Robert launched Viable.Earth as a platform to celebrate positive contributions by brands, companies and individuals towards reducing environmental impact and improve sustainability – especially in the fields of fashion, beauty, food, lifestyle, and transportation.


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