"Liter of Light" project from PH wins People’s Choice Award in international citation

They light up the world in so many ways.

Illac Diaz of the MyShelter Foundation at the awarding ceremony in Copenhagen. (Photo from the Liter of Light Facebook page)


The MyShelter Foundation’s "Liter of Light" project bagged the People’s Choice Award as part of being one of the finalists in the Sustainia Award, which is an international citation given by a panel that’s headed by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the United Nations’ Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Liter of Light is a project that’s aimed for communities that have no electricity. It involves using plastic bottles that capture sunlight for use inside off-grid housing.


This is how each Liter of Light bottle is made: "Each plastic bottle is filled with water and a bit of bleach and inserted through a roof. The bottle refracts sunlight with the intensity of a 55-watt light bulb that is powerful enough to light up a room. A nighttime upgrade with a solar panel retails at around P400 pesos." MyShelter Foundation says that "20 months after project started, Liter of Light has grown from one bottle lamp in the Philippines to 350,000 lights in 15 countries around the world. "


The Sustania Award had conducted a poll for its People’s Choice Award, which was determined by online voting. The poll closed on  October 30, 2013 and Liter of Light was in first place.

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