the Philippine city is famous for its breathtaking beaches. But a bit further downtown a surprise awaits in a seemingly ordinary place. This is the village of Ludo. In fact, it is a village on top of a cemetery. Wherever your look, there are graves. Ludo people put up boards against graves to put a roof over their heads. Here, graves are their safe haven and a playground for their children. It holds a little secret:
This is where the dead and the living exist side by side. The residents clean up garbage for a living
and yet never let go of hope. However, when the darkness sets in,
the realities of life crawl back in to worry the residents. The village doesn’t have the luxury of electricity
so darkness reaches them faster than in other place. The village, which lacks electricity,
has no choice but to endure the long nights. Families depend on candles, which are never enough. Even if we are in the middle of doing chores,
we cannot continue once it becomes dark. If we just had a little light at night,
our families would be better off; we could at least do something. Parents in Ludo want to provide better opportunities for their children. Samsung Electronics employees volunteered to assemble solar–powered LED lanterns to help those around the world in need of light. It’s hard to imagine how people could live without light at night. I believe lanterns are not just products with some brand-new technology. It is a beacon of hope for them. Samsung Electronics took part in the ‘Earth Hour’ campaign, turning the lights off for an hour in 44 of its offices around the world. Through this campaign, Samsung Electronics not only aims to raise awareness for environmental issues, but also provides real help by delivering solar-powered lanterns
to areas without enough electricity. These small lanterns will help brighten Ludo’s nights,
empowering villagers to pursue their dreams. I couldn’t study at night before.
But now, that I can, I am so exciced. The lanterns bring us longer days.
Now I can get more things done and enjoy more things. Once a year, Samsung Electronics is humbled with an hour of darkness. And that darkness becomes light in another place. Share the light