“Gift of Light” given to 17 different communities around the world
Philips Lighting employees across 17 international offices were invited last year to nominate worthy causes or projects that could benefit from the “Gift of Light.” One of those places was Thanh Son, a village in Vietnam two hours drive from the capital of Hanoi. For 30 years, the village has been without electricity, but not anymore. Only the first of many, the community now has 928 energy-efficient solar-powered lights for both homes and roads.
In the past, all activity would stop when the sun went down, but now children can play into the night, and adults can walk around with a renewed sense of safety. Le Viet Hung, Marketing Manager of Philips Lighting in Vietnam was responsible for nominating the idea. He expressed his thoughts on the project:
The candles and kerosene lamps have been put away, and the smiles on people’s faces say it all. Children can play safely and study in the evening and village life has blossomed, no longer constrained by the setting sun.
To make sure employees of the company were invested in the idea, Le Viet Hung and eight other employees actually helped to install the lighting. The company also says that it will offer the village of Thanh Son the same level of support that they usually provide to commercial customers. It’s the start of an ongoing relationship designed to provide life-changing experiences for all those involved.
Mr. Pham Van Lich, a 77-year-old resident of the village, was also happy to express his feeling towards the project:
I’m so grateful that at night it is now brighter and safer both indoors and outdoors thanks to the lighting. The street lighting installed in the village is providing us with a safer environment and enhanced security when moving about the village, which in the past was a real challenge.
The lighting company has already started to implement other similar projects in different countries around the world, but they decided to crown Thanh Son the overall winner of the project, which received over 200 project nominations from its employees, and thousands of votes from across the organization.
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