GOGLA Members Engaged in Relief Actions in the Philippines

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GOGLA Members Engaged in Relief Actions in the Philippines

GOGLA is delighted to announce that several GOGLA members have engaged in relief actions within regions in the Philippines worst affected by Typhoon Haiyan. After being hit by Haiyan, energy supply systems collapsed in many regions and communities found themselves without access to electricity. However, especially in this early phase, light is critical for emergency response teams, relief centers and hospitals. Also, major concerns about security issues at night are being raised and ways of communication are aggravated due to limited or no access to electricity which makes phone charging impossible. The provision of solar lanterns facilitates the work of first responders and medical assistance teams and enables those affected to connect to their families thanks to solar lanterns with integrated phone chargers. Solar lanterns provide light and security to those affected and support the reconstruction process by shortening the long and dark nights. Below you can find a non-exhaustive list of GOGLA members' engagement: D.light and Kopernik are working together to connect d.light S300 solar lights to typhoon-devastated communities in the Eastern Visayas and Oriental Mindoro. Already a total of 660 d.lights have been sent to the Philippines to provide people with light and mobile chargers. The project details are published here. In cooperation with Habitat for Humanity Philippines and One Heart for Hope Foundation, Nokero offers a discount on solar light bulbs that will be sent to the Philippines. Additionally, for every N222 being bought, Nokero will donate a second one to the Philippines. In total, Nokero already donated around 4000 solar light bulbs. For more information on how you can help, click here. The Solar Energy Foundation is equipping schools with solar lamps that are being used as reception and medical centers. These solar lights will remain in the schools on long-term and support the pupils’ learning opportunities. A second container with solar lights will equip hospitals and municipal buildings as well as the first reconstructed houses. If you want to support the activities of the Solar Energy Foundation, please find out more here. WakaWaka is cooperating with the International Rescue Committee, Cordaid, Save the Children and the Red Cross in order to provide as many WakaWakas to the Philippines as possible. For every WakaWaka light, solar charger or solar kit bought, WakaWaka will donate a second one to the Philippines. If you want to support WakaWaka’s efforts or want to make a donation, please visit WakaWaka’s webpage here. For more information, please contact Viviane Raub (v.raub@gogla.org)

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