The following project was conducted prior to the outbreak of COVID-19.
By Emiko Perea
In February, Global Peace Foundation (GPF) the Philippines, in collaboration with Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Korea, provided students with solar lanterns, school supplies, and clothes at Canaan East National High School as part of the ongoing All Lights Village project in Nueva Ecija. The project also gave the school five solar-powered outdoor lamps to enhance the learning environment for the students. The purpose of the project was to elevate the quality of life for communities by providing them with solar energy, education, and other forms of service.
Afterward, Canaan East National High held a turnover ceremony of Solar Lanterns and Solar Street Lights in its gym. During the ceremony, participants were moved by an indigenous dance provided as entertainment, showing the rich culture of the local area they were serving. Mrs. Jocelyn F. Remigio, Program Director of GPF Philippines, elaborated on the background behind the “One Child, One Lamp Project.” The goal of this initiative was to bring solar lamps to students that don’t have easy access to electricity, a lifechanging feature for any student trying to study and stay on track in their academic goals. Furthermore, Mr. Joongseok “Ronald” Park emphasized the significance of the All Lights project for the indigenous families in the area.
The second part of the program included the sisterhood ceremony led by Madam Jenifer S. Villarosa, a teacher from the school department. Eleven tables with three representatives for the Korean donors, parents, and teachers signed a sisterhood certificate together to symbolize their union in the ongoing project and their common goal to uplift the vision of One Family under God. The ceremony forged a bond not only among the local community but also between people of different nationalities. Despite having different backgrounds, their friendship was based on mutual love and respect for one another as members of the same human family.
By the end of the ceremony, the total donations collected for distribution to the All Lights Villages of Riza, Nueva Ecija were 6000 US dollars, 100 solar lanterns, five solar lights systems, 100 bags of school supplies, and ten bags of clothes. In a final act of goodwill for the end of the program, guests, visitors, the school administrators, faculty and staff, and the recipients of the donations gathered outside the school to install the solar outdoor lights donated to the school.
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