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Simply brilliant: A litre of light

Simply brilliant: A litre of light

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

I am Creative Director at Acart Communications, a Canadian Social Issues Marketing agency. Read more