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Liters of Light

Providing solar powered lamps to far-flung communities in Gabaldon

Story by Cynet William November 30th, 2017

As part of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's many social initiatives, 30 volunteers went out to visit one of the villages of the tribes in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. Like many tribes living in far-flung villages in the Philippines, the Dumagat Tribe endure the inconvenience of having no electricity. With gas lamps, candles and tinder being used as the primary source of light at night, the villages' safety is often at risk. The group's objective was to hand out solar-powered electric lamps from Liter of Light to help improve the situation of the locals. Due to the increasing numbers of NPAs in the area, the group was escorted by the military.

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Everyone gathered to enjoy the performances prepared by both the locals and the visitors.
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The villagers were happy to receive the sustainable light source, who were all shocked after being told the lamps were free
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Dumagat Tribe ladies with their nganga kits
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A Dumagat Tribe family bidding us farewell as they cross the river with their solar powered lamp
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The local army exchanging jokes in their downtime
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Gabaldon, Central Luzon, Philippines