Isang Litrong Liwanag (“a litre of light”) is a sustainable lighting project designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and implemented by MyShelter Foundation in the Philippines.
The idea is amazingly simple: a large plastic soft drink bottle is filled with chemically sterilized water, and sealed into the tin roof of a house. The free and sustainable sunlight from outside is dispersed into what was once — even in broad daylight — a dark and dangerous home.
From the campaign site:
3 million households still remain powerless outside Metro Manila. And even in the metro, families still continue to live in darkness. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has reported that a large number of fire- related incidents involve faulty electrical connections. Informal settlements are high-risk areas, since the BFP does not conduct fire hazard inspections in these communities. MyShelter envisions sharing to unprivileged communities an economically- and ecologically-sustainable source of light that will provide an immediate solution to our fellowmen’s problems.
Thanks to Kerry for sharing.
Isang Litrong Liwanag