Although I now find myself living and working in the UK, I was born in New Zealand. During my life, I’ve had the good fortune of spending time in two countries where we tend to take certain things for granted.
We expect, for example, to have access to an electricity supply and to light. It’s easy to forget, however, that many people living on our planet are unable to gain access to these fundamentals. This is graphically illustrated by the experiences of inhabitants of the Philippines.
Many Filipinos in villages and slums have no access to indoor light. As a result, you can imagine that they are severely limited, in terms of their home and working lives. Given this background, I’m delighted to bring news of a new initiative that’s known as the 1 Liter of Light Project.
This incredible project is seeking to bring light to thousands of Filipinos. The basic concept behind the plan involves using plastic bottles, which are filled with a combination of water and bleach.
Those bottles are then inserted into holes that are created within the roofs of houses. It’s been discovered that this mixture of water and bleach can be used to diffract natural light, allowing an entire home to be lit, without the need for any additional source of power.
Thanks to their resourceful initiative, the ambitious project aims to provide an incredibly cheap source of light to the local communities. In total, it’s hoped that a million Filipino homes could eventually be lit in this manner.
It’s estimated that the water and bleach mixture can give off the same amount of light as a standard 60-watt bulb. In addition, it’s known that a single solar lamp of this type should be effective for a period of 5 years.
I love this sort of initiative. It’s a really great example of how seemingly simple applications of technology can help to transform lives.