Did you know that right at this moment 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity?
Before you continue to read, take a brief moment to think about all the electricity sources around you as you read this article (computer, lights, heater, air-con, fan, stereo, T.V….).
We may all be guilty of take electricity for granted but the people behind Liter Of Light are changing this!
Liter of Light is a non-for-profit organisation founded by Illac Diaz, of My Shelter Foundation, that aims to light the homes of one million people by the end of 2012.
Developed by a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a liter of light is literally a liter of solar powered light. By using a plastic soda bottle, filtered water and some bleach, a powerful 55 wattage of light can be generated without a flick of a switch – check out this Infographic to see more!
This clever design addresses the basic lighting needs for homes situated in developing countries and with the help of Liter of Light, Diaz is taking solar light to these people in need.
Costing a mere $10 to make, this solar light from a soda bottle if set to brighten a home for 5 years.
Named as one of the four ‘lighthouse projects‘ at the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, this pioneering enterprise has already touched the lives of more than 15,000 – 25,000 low income houses across the Philippines.
Dedicated to the principle that all liters of light must be made from affordable local materials and only require simple carpentry skills, Diaz is ready to take his lighting philosophy to 20 key cities in need and beyond!
Setting up Walk For Light, the people at Liter of Light are hoping to raise awareness of the 1.4 billion who live in darkness and garner support and donations to help them light these lives.
Check out the 2-min official video on the work of Liter of Light above, and meet Solar Demi, a man who has already installed over 643 solar light bottles in his community.
If you are in the Boston Area why not join in the Walk For Light on May 13th and help to light a home for 5 years and all for $10? To register for the walk or to pledge a donation visit the official Walk for Light website here.