In pursuit of one of its main advocacies, that is providing a source of renewable energy source for last mile communities the Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities (SEED4COM) Team have just rolled out a new program for small islands.
There are about 2, 564 Barangays in the Philippines that still do not have access to any type of electrical source. Some islands or communities may have generators but the costs they have to pay is so high. At an estimated cost of Php40.00 for four hours, that means for a 24 hour collection alone, the will be paying Php 7,200.00 each month just so they can switch lights on and maybe one electric fan. The Philippines is among the countries who pay the highest rates in electricity, and it is hurting the marginalized members of our society the most. Imagine eating supper with your family in pitch dark, you’re lucky if you have a candle or a small kerosene lamp.
Dubbed as the “Hero of light” project, SEED4COM aim to provide solar lamps to 300 Fishermen and their Families in the Marine Sanctuary in Cordova, Cebu, a breeding ground of marine life where we all source our seafood that supports all our sustenance and chain of livelihood that supports a huge population.
We are most blessed in the Cebu province because our seawaters is considered to be among if the most abundant with marine life, that is why seafood is a staple in our dining tables. Fishermen are rather forgotten at most times, yet they pose risks and dangers in their lives as they go out at sea.
Through this project, fisherman can have daily savings of Php 40.00 which can definitely go a long way. It can already be a better meal, school materials or something they can save to start a micro-business.
If you donate Php 3,499.00 for one lamp, you are giving a fisherman in Gilutongan Island in Cordova, Cebu and his family the gift of light, a gift that will just keep on giving.
Be a Hero of Light ! Click here to head over to the SEED4COM website to know more about the project.
If you are a blogger, social media influencer or digital columnist, you can also help out by helping campaign online for this project. Check out the SEED4COM website to learn more.