Friday, February 1, 2013

Create a Light: Ending a Year with the JCI

There is nothing better than to celebrate the year's success by giving back to the community and contributing to help address our problems with energy.

This opportunity came to me when the Junior Chamber International Philippines Duwaling Chapter invited me to join their community affair in Brgy.21-C. (It was already a few years since my last "community visit" so I got excited to the familiar breeze coming in that day.)We got in to our location and the people from Brgy.21-C was more than accommodating and they were all curious and interested about the project. They asked questions and anxiously waited for the actual installation in the volunteer house. Everyone including I was amazed after seeing how bright the final result is!

Even though I was already learning about the project during the orientation with Brgy.21-C residents, the Liter of Light project was given an in-depth view during our presscon with the media and bloggers that proceeded after the community installation.

The Liter of Light is a partnership project of JCIP and My Shelter Foundation that aims to provide an alternate daytime light source. Further, it helps reduce electric consumption through a grassroots-level solution which requires only recyclable materials (how green can this project get?). Lastly, it also helps avoid household accidents caused by candles and kerosene.

So enough stories and let me share what my lens took in the inspiring and productive day I had with JCIP Duwaling and Brgy.22-C residents.

National Treasure JCI Sen Christine Garcia, National Chair JCI Mem Anna Lim, JCI Duwaling President JCI Mem Lani Abapo, and Homeowner Marcelo Ely
JCI Officers installing and demonstrating how to make solar bulbs
(c) Sarah Dayrit Canon AE1 Kodak ASA200

 Brgy. 21-C constituents during the orientation prior to installation of solar bulbs
(c) Sarah Dayrit Canon AE1 Kodak ASA200

Presscon with Davao Media and Bloggers
(c) Sarah Dayrit Canon AE1 Kodak ASA200

About JCI & JCI Duwaling

The Junior Chamber International (JCI) is the leading global organization of young active citizens. JCI is membership-based non-profit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world. The JCI Mission is "to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change."

In the Philippines, there are more than 140 chapters with 9 chapter based in Davao Region. JCI Duwaling is a Davao-based all female chapter of the JCI. Duwaling is an amalgamation of Durian and Waling Waling, two of the most popular symbols of Davao. To know more, visit their page at

**Photos were taken and posted with permission from the JCI Duwaling Chapter.

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