Liter of Light just won the Asia Pacific social innovation and partnership award in the social prosperity category.
Out of 95 applications from 16 countries in the region, it is the only Philippine organisation to receive this prestigious recognition from the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taiwan.
Liter of Light won the award for its case study on its current “Light it Forward” campaign, which unites artists, the media, businesses, and service groups to change the world from home. Illac Diaz, Liter of Light’s Founder, and Ami Valdemoro, Director of the Board of Trustees, presented the case to a distinguished panel of judges from around the region.
By giving just 20 minutes of their time, “LIGHT IT FORWARD” is giving Filipinos a new way to connect for good. Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, LIGHT IT FORWARD invites ordinary people to do extraordinary things through building solar lights for communities without electricity, even in the midst of this global health crisis.
As of today, LIGHT IT FORWARD has counted on the support of over 120 celebrities, influencers, and artists, with an estimated total fan base of 30 million supporters.
“At a time when many social impact organisations have had to cease operations, we are humbled by this news,” says Diaz. “Receiving the Asia Pacific Social Innovation and Partnership Award is a testimony to our Liter of Light team’s hard work and dedication to continue to be of service to our communities even in the midst of this pandemic.”
Ten projects from six countries will receive their awards, which will be formally announced at the Asia Pacific Social Innovation Summit, which will be held virtually from September 21-25. The summit will focus on how social innovations can alleviate recent global challenges.
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About Liter of Light:
Working in 32 countries with over 2,700 youth ambassadors, Liter of Light is one of the largest organisations that works with youth to engage companies in Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa on building simple and repairable solar lights, mobile charging systems, and street lights. Using materials from within each community, the organisation has empowered the lives of over one million people a year, while creating opportunities for green micro business, and lowering carbon emissions by 1000kg per hand-built solar lamp.