One Million Lights Distribution, Zambales

Written by Year 11 student, Nadia

In the weekend of 17-18 March 2018, 6 senior students travelled to Nagsasa Cove in Zambales to distribute 37 solar lamps with One Million Lights. Our group has been raising funds and awareness for One Million Lights for the past year and a half, and the distribution that we helped organise and carry out was the result of months of hard work.

We managed to raise enough money to procure 66 solar lamps for communities without electricity in the Zambales area. Of the 66, we distributed 37 to families who could make the trip from their remote mountain homes. Thanks in part to our efforts, the people we met now have a free and eco-friendly alternative to kerosene lamps (which are costly and have health consequences), and can work longer hours to support themselves and their families.

This distribution was a valuable learning experience for us; we not only got a sense of how such an event is organised, we also had a chance to learn more about OMLs beneficiaries and how they live in order to try and help them better. Our team will continue to support OML as much as we can, and hopefully we can organise another distribution for next school year.