Tyler Tamasi '15: Light for Education in the Philippines
Even in the sun-drenched islands of the Philippines, access to light can be scarce. Over 20 million people in the country lack access to electricity, including 1.5 million students at 8,000 unelectrified schools. In the dark, these children rely on the dim light of kerosene flames to read and complete homework assignments once the sun goes down; a study strategy that is dangerous both for their health and their homes. Exposure to the fumes from kerosene lamps can lead to detrimental health effects, and homes are regularly set ablaze by lanterns that have been knocked over.
Over the summer of 2014, I worked with Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines, an organization that seeks to fight poverty in the Philippines by providing all off-grid villages with sustainable access to solar energy. Stiftung also works with We Share Solar to provide solar suitcases to populations that lack power. Specifically, I worked on Stiftung’s Light for Education Program, which focuses on providing solar energy to rural schools. I was able to find this opportunity through Princeton’s International Internship Program and received funding through the Office of International Programs as well as the Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund.
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