Give the gift of light on Earth Day with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. CBTL Philippines partnered with My Shelter Foundation to give solar powered lamps to underprivileged children from the Dumagat tribe. Celebrating Earth Day on April 23, 2016, the country’s authority in coffee and tea through its Caring Cup Program will be gving everyone the chance to experience being a Solar Lamp Volunteer for a day at its 26th St. Bistro store in Bonifacio Global City.
Happening from 3pm to 5pm, you will be taught how to build a solar lamp for a fee of P950 only. This is actually a good activity for kids to participate in this summer. If you’re a parent, I suggest you bring your kids along. This will be an educational and meaningful one as children are thought to help those who are in need at a young age. As an adult, I’m sure you’d be interested to build a solar lamp. I am!
The campaign by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is in support of the United Nations’ 7th goal for sustainable development: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY. Recognizing that a great number of communities in the Philippines still continue to live without electricity in their homes, one of the most basic necessities for decent living conditions, CBTL is hoping to do its part to respond to the need by giving the gift of light through My Shelter Foundation for its Liter of Light project.
The Liter of Light (or Isang Litrong Liwanag) project is an initiative that brings solar lamps to communities that lack electricity. Recent developments have enabled My Shelter Foundation to convert common kerosene lamps into a medium that gives people access to sustainable light. Kerosene lamps are one of the cheapest light devices in energy poor areas, yet the downside is that they let out toxic smoke harmful to the health of individuals. Through the Liter of Light project, the kerosene lamps are made clean, becoming a source of light that does not give off harmful fumes through a combination of a simple circuit, LED, solar panel, and battery.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is raising 100 eco-friendly solar lamps, all of which will be donated to the underprivileged public school students from the Dumagat Tribe. The Dumagats are a community situated in Gabaldon, one of the most isolated villages in the Nueva Ecija Province. Nomadic in nature, the tribe has continued to live their simple day-to-day lives without electricity.
Even with roughly 60 families living around the village center and others scattered around the mountain range, the Dumagats live far apart from each other, making it difficult to provide a centralized supply of electricity. That is why a workable solution to this problem is to provide each family with a solar lamp that can provide light to each household in order to assist with their sustainable livelihood of luya (ginger) and gabi (yam) plantations.
Be an advocate of sustainable development and celebrate Earth Day with The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf! Enjoy a sense of fulfillment that can only come from being a light to others. BE THE LIGHT BY GIVING THE GIFT OF LIGHT! To make a pledge and to know more details on the initiative, e-mail [email protected].