Our Current Work in the Philippines
April 14, 2014
One Heart for Hope believes whole heartedly in enabling children to have positive present and future lives. They work specifically in the Philippines and have donated items including solar lights, flip flops, and toys. The following images are from their most recent distribution on Jinamoc Island (Basey, Samar).
March 28, 2014
92 solar lights were given by iMKIRAN and Humanity First Canada, to families on remote islands off the coast of Roxas City. While staying on Panay Island after distributing lights, Kiran learned that these villagers have no options for light other than renting a generator for 200 Pesos per night (USD$4.50). If people were to rent a generator every night for a year, it would cost them USD $1641. Instead, Kiran has given them solar lights to provide twice the brightness of an average kerosene lamp for two years without additional costs incurred.
March 24, 2014
Nokero’s media partner, iMKIRAN, spent time in two Capiz villages getting to know the locals and their needs. Finally, he has given two N200 solar light bulbs to each family with the help of everyone who donated to his campaign. The below video is streamed live from the Philippines where recipients were overjoyed to finally receive light. Make sure to watch until the very end of the video, as it is the best part!
Kiran says, “Your lights are amazing too. Really saw the impact first hand when I stayed overnight at the island. Saw them light up like stars.”
March 20, 2014
Today our lights are being distributed in Filipino islands near Roxas City. Kiran Singh has worked with United Sikhs to continue building homes for the community, and getting to know the families who will become the lucky recipients of light. As Kiran says, these homes and these lights provide: work for local carpenters, work to entertain the youth, and more time for mothers to cook food for their families.
March 10, 2014
Feed the Hungry says of recent distribution, “the impact is so so so great – I am a believer that light really gives hope – no one wants to be in darkness – sure enough the joy in folks were amazing!”
The lights were distributed in 15 locations, including the Divine Word Hospital. Below is a Hospital nun accepting the light: “Now we will never be in the dark helping the sick and needy,” she says. By her side are community members who used lights during a brown-out to spell “TY FTH” (Thank you Feed the Hungry). It has been months since the typhoon hit the Philippines but light is still out in so many places and Feed the Hungry’s impact was great.
March 3, 2014
Habitat for Humanity Philippines reported that they successfully distributed 624 solar light bulbs to Batbatan Island, Cebu in Kintarcan Hagdan and Langub Barangays.
Click below to view the full report:
February 26, 2014
Our partners at One Heart for Hope have relayed the message that much help is still needed. Electricity is out in many remote areas and people are struggling to accomplish daily tasks in the darkness. They sent us this photo of power lines down throughout many towns that they work in.
February 14, 2014
Happy Valentine’s Day from Nokero and all of our partners.
This photo is from recipients of solar light bulbs in Gibitngil, Malapascua & Hilantagaan Islands.
February 13, 2014
Our friends at the United Methodist Church continue working hard to bring light to families in Tacloban and Baybay, Leyte. UMC representatives and volunteers are currently in Cebu evaluating further needs. They say that the lights were already well received and education regarding solar light went well among local Filipinos:
February 10, 2014
Great news from our partners at Feed the Hungry– N200 lights have been collected in Manila to begin distribution among rural areas that still need light.
February 5, 2014
One Heart for Hope provided Nokero with touching photos of their distribution in the Philippines.
90% of homes were destroyed in Basey Poblacion, Samar. The town saw 600 casualties during the typhoon, but has managed to see the light of hope with the help of Nokero and One Heart for Hope. OHFH Director of Operations, Noel Galang, visited families in Basey who were living in darkness among temporary tents. He says, “the smiles on their faces showed how grateful these people are.”
In Brgy. Lantangan in Gigantes Norte Island, north of Iloilo, people were given light by OHFH and Nokero to help bring comfort to their temporary homes and shelters. One Heart for Hope says, “This tiny solar-powered bulb can illuminate a small shack enough for kids to eat meals properly and do chores at night. It was very fulfilling to see the people’s faces brighten up knowing they will have a light at night from now on. These eliminate the use of dangerous kerosene that emits uneven light, harmful fumes, and the dangers of fire.” See the below images of Noel Galang distributing lights:
Santa Cruz is one of the most impoverished areas among Camotes Island, and they rely homes with tarps used for roofs. To rebuild their lives, One Heart For Hope gave them something to start a new life with: vegetable seeds for proper nutrition, Nokero solar lamps for light at night, and a bag that included ropes, toiletries, canned goods, and rice. The below images are Reil Nudalo, OFHF Camotes Coordinator and Scholar, distributing relief goods to the people of Sta. Cruz:
February 3, 2014
January 27, 2014
Relief Web reports that the latest flooding and landslides have displaced over 100,000 people. Although the Typhoon may be out of the minds of many Americans, the challenges are still real and daily for those living in the Philippines. Constant battles against unforeseen disaster cause electricity to be out and a huge need for solar light bulbs.
January 25, 2014
iMKIRAN is a for-profit photography company that helps spread awareness for NGOs around the world. For 30 days they have paired with United Sikhs and Roxas City’s Mayor’s Office to provide 1,000+ lights to Crossing Lais and Loguingot Island.
January 23, 2014
Reverend Neelley Hicks and United Methodist Communications (UMCom) distributed Nokero lights in areas around Tacloban affected by the Typhoon. See the following photo of a family that was happy to have their life brightened by our lights:
January 10 – 16, 2014
Nokero’s CEO, Steve Katsaros, traveled to the Philippines to visit our business and NGO partners. He met with Habitat for Humanity and S.U.R.E and was informed that the lights have been well received and much appreciated in Tacloban and surrounding areas.
Steve also spent time in Legaspi, where The Solar Champion was filmed and produced by Gerry Balasta. One year ago, Gerry brought Nokero N200 lights to his people in Legaspi and all but a few lights have survived and remained a bright source of light for the village.
In Legaspi, kerosene costs 52.90 pesos per gallon at the gas station, or USD$0.04 per night in addition to a kerosene lamp at the market for 50 pesos ($1.10). Considering that kerosene lamps are incredibly dim and unsafe, a household would need at least 2 lamps for every solar light that they could be using. After one year of using two gallons of kerosene per month and buying two new lamps every 4 months, a family would spend USD$34.68 (PHP 1570.83) over a year. Nokero N200 lights cost USD$15 with no additional costs throughout the year, and a lifespan averaging 2 years.
January 5, 2014
Leklek Villanueva’s “Bags of Hope” project successfully distributed 125 N180 lights within bags that also included medical supplies, hygiene products, and light towels/blankets. The bags included messages of hope from friends and family in the Philippines and Singapore. The bags were distributed to people affected by the Typhoon in the Visayas region– some in Leyte and many in the province of Iloilo on the coast.
January 1, 2014
As the new year begins, Nokero continues to bring hope to the Philippines in the form of light. 21 cases of N200 solar light bulbs are being prepared to ship to Feed the Hungry in Manila, and Nokero CEO Steve Katsaros is preparing for his trip to the Philippines to meet with our non-profit and business partners.
December 26, 2013
The Philippines are unfortunately still in a state of disrepair, but luckily our solar bulbs are providing light and hope to those who expected to be in darkness through the end of the year. People are remaining optimistic, and they truly appreciate the comfort that our light has brought to them at night. Photos courtesy of Enfinity. Visit Nokero’s store to continue to buy solar lights for us to send to the Philippines.
December 23, 2013
During the holidays, Nokero is excited to receive notice from our contacts in the Philippines that the solar lights are being charged and prepared for distribution through Habitat for Humanity. See photos below:
December 16, 2013
CSC featured Nokero’s Solar Relief Campaign as a recommendation for ongoing support and rebuilding efforts after Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Nokero is honored be named among CSC’s three recommendations, which included ChildFund International, Nokero International, and The International Federation of the Red Cross.
Due to constant demand for solar lights in the Philippines, we have extended our campaign for the holiday season. Once again, you can purchase lights at our online store.
December 13, 2013
We are now partnering with Feed the Hungry to send an additional 15 cases to the Philippines. Marketing & PR Program Director, Gloria, says in regard to Nokero: “Thank you again– Together we can help save lives!”
One case of lights will also be put into Project Yakyap’s Bags of Hope to provide medical supplies and solar lights to people in the Philippines. Nokero is excited to have these arrive during the holiday season and provide lights to even more families.
Thank you to all of our supporters around the world who have bought a solar light to make this campaign possible. People have benefited immensely within the Philippines from having light at night.
December 11, 2013
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our campaign for the Philippines… we reached a total of EXACTLY 9,000 light bulbs today. A special thanks to Susan and Tim Burleigh who came into Nokero’s Denver office and purchased the 9000th donated solar light this afternoon.
We would also like to thank Todd Roberts at PricewaterhouseCoopers, in whose name we will be donating an entire case of N200 light bulbs.
Additionally, One Heart for Hope has received their shipment of 10 cases of solar lights and have begun to distribute within the Camotes Islands.
December 9, 2013
Click here to see what it takes for Nokero to manufacture 10,000 light bulbs each day for countries such as the Philippines.
December 9, 2013
AP Images released their series of photographs entitled “Philippines Typhoon One Month On.” As a picture speaks a thousand words, it is evident that weeks after the typhoon there is still much damage to be fixed. See the recent photos here.
December 6, 2013
Previous total: 3,024 lights sent to Habitat for Humanity, 480 lights sent to One Heart for Hope….and now 11 additional cases of lightbulbs (513 individual light bulbs) to be sent to the Philippines ASAP.
Current Total: 4,017 solar light bulbs for Typhoon victims.
Due to our generous donors, loyal customers, and caring friends & family… this includes 4 NEW cases as of today!
Nokero would especially like to thank Red Pepper Kitchen+Bath in Boulder, Colorado for their support. A full case of solar light bulbs will be given to a rural community in the Philippines in Red Pepper’s name.
Habitat for Humanity is excited to be receiving these extra lights for the dark winter nights ahead, that can now be lit up with bright solar light. The lights are being sent to H4H due to the kind generosity of Enfinity, who has pre-purchased the shipping for any additional light bulbs bought for the Philippines on our online store.
December 3, 2013
Nokero received notice that, fortunately, Tacloban should be getting electricity back soon. Unfortunately, outlying areas still do not have light nor electricity. According to the Department of Social Welfare in the Philippines, many of these areas are still in great need of lights, including: Northern Iloilo Coastal Barangays, Nabas, Ivisan, and New Washington. It is not too late to help bring light to these people, and Nokero’s partners are still offering to cover the cost of shipping through the end of the week. Consider buying a master carton of N200 lights while the price is at its lowest and the need is at its greatest.
December 2, 2013
Thank you to InnovatioNews for covering our Solar Relief Campaign today! We appreciate all of the support, as every little bit counts when it comes to disaster relief efforts. See the full story here.
November 27, 2013
Architect Magazine features Nokero’s Solar Relief Campaign as one of their top 5 “Gifts that Keep on Giving“.
November 26, 2013
Our Filipino friend, Jerry, has sent Nokero the following photos. He expects that people will still not have access to electricity for months. Restoration and reconstruction is delayed because of the long, dark nights at this time of year. It is more important than ever for the Philippines to have access to solar light bulbs to help brighten their nights.
Additionally, view the press release that covers our campaign here: Nokero Partners with Habitat for Humanity, One Heart for Hope to Help Relieve Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.
November 25, 2013
Our contacts at Enfinity have received their Nokero lights at the Cebu logistics hub, and prepared them for distribution across affected areas in the upcoming week. One Heart for Hope also sent us photos of the Philippines below.
November 22, 2013
Habitat for Humanity and partners distribute lights: 200 lights sent to Bantayan, Cebu; 1,000 lights sent to Leyte by Tacloban Department of Energy; 150 lights sent to Samar, Ormoc and Javier by Habitat Philippines, and Enfinity; 300 lights picked up by Sasonbi and 1,350 by SURE.
10 cases of solar light bulbs have been shipped to One Heart for Hope to be distributed to the San Francisco islands in the heart of the affected area.
November 18, 2013
Habitat for Humanity announced a formal distribution partnership with Nokero to ensure that all solar light bulbs are sufficiently received by people who need them most in the Philippines. Nokero is also offering a discounted price for any N200s bought for Typhoon Relief, and these lights will be distributed with H4H.
November 17, 2013
3,000 N200 solar light bulbs have successfully reached the Philippines in Manila to be picked up by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Secretary of Energy, Carlos Petilla, also announced that he would like to Tacloba re-lit by Christmastime.
November 14, 2013
Nokero launches the Solar Relief Campaign, paired with the Buy One Give One gift store. Just one light bulb can provide an average of 42 extra hours of light for a family in one week. Every light counts when it comes to providing comfort, safety, and security to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda.
Today, our factory in Hong Kong finished manufacturing of the first batch of lights. 3,000 lights were prepared for delivery to the Philippines for Habitat for Humanity.
November 12, 2013
One Heart for Hope Foundation is excited to distribute Nokero’s N200 solar light bulbs within the Philippines and provide light to families in the darkness. Habitat for Humanity has also become an official distribution partner on the ground. Joining our NGO distributors are privately held companies Enfinity, Sasonbi, Solutions Using Renewable Energy (S.U.R.E.).
November 11, 2013
A number of non-profit organizations contacted Nokero to purchase cases of N200 light bulbs. We’re so excited that so many people are reaching out to help!
November 10, 2013
Nokero’s team in Denver, Colorado decided to create a campaign to help the Philippines receive energy and light as soon as possible.
November 8, 2013
Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda has devastated thousands of people in the Philippines. Those who have survived are without food, water, shelter and electricity.
For more information about our campaign, please email firstname.lastname@example.org