[Korea Green Foundation News] Solar Lighting Campaign
for Asia Getting Start!
The Korea Green Foundation Declares Its Solar Lighting Campaign for Asia
10,000 Eco-friendly Solar Powered Lamps Will Be Sent to Electricity-Deficient Regions in Indonesia and Nepal
The Korea Green Foundation working together with the corporate organization Global Love Sharing, officially kicked off the "Asia Sun Powered Lights Campaign" at 11 A.M., on April 26th at the Global Village School. The campaign strives to provide small solar powered generators and LED lamps to schools and households in under developed Asian countries, such as Vietnam, Indonesia, and Nepal. 40 children who study at the Global Village School and who were of varied immigrant backgrounds -- namely foreign workers, foreign women married to Korean men, multicultural families, and people of Chinese descent -- , were present at the ceremony that day.
Hae-seong Kim, who chairs the Global Love Sharing board affirmed, "We cannot live without the earth. We will continue to be healthy so long as the earth is healthy. I’m happy to join this event as a jumping-off point for sending out light to energy deficient countries."
Yul Choi, Head of the Korea Green Foundation, gave a somber analysis in which he explained, "1.5 billion people worldwide are deprived of electricity, and they dwell in darkness night after night. More than half live in Asia-Pacific regions." He noted,, "supplying electricity necessitates a tremendous infrastructure; however, solar energy is a natural energy which can supply electricity with nothing but a small generator." Thus we began our "Asia Solar Powered Lights Campaign" as a follow-up to the first Life Saving Asia Project -- the 2005 "Well of Life."
Vietnamese immigrant Nueng Nng Thu took the initiative as the first donor to give solar powered lights to a backwooded village in her homeland. She said, "Many people in Vietnam have reliable access to electricity, however, approximately 1.7 million households in 15 regions across the nation don’t (*please refer to the attached map). Even if electricity becomes available a lot of Vietnamese’s average monthly income only totals up to 50,000 Korean won (approximately $50), thus cannot foot the 25,000 Korean won ($25) electricity bill each month. To get some lamp oil to at least light up a lantern, one must walk ten to thirty kilometers to reach the market. I seize this opportunity to send solar powered lighting so that the Vietnamese may lighten their homes as brightly as we do here in Seoul. I am honored to be the first donor. I hope many other Koreans will join in the donation."
The Korea Green Foundation aims to provide ten thousand LED lamps, charged with solar panels, with a view to help brighten the prospects of Asian people and children’s lives, security and education. These LED bulbs deliver 3-watts of light, which is equivalent to the amount of light exuded by of 50-watt incandescent bulb in a 5m² room in your home.
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