One Village Philippines

Team Members: TszHang (Chris) Lee, Aidin Massoumi, Eric Richards, Daniel Vazquez, Lin Hein, Rogelio De Guzman, Yuka Okina, Daniel Witteman, Taewook Kim
School: UC San Diego

One Village Philippines is a multidisciplinary team of fifteen engineering students within the UC San Diego Global TIES program. This team is working together with the non-profit organization Gawad Kalinga to support its mission of alleviating poverty for communities across the Philippines by providing humanitarian solutions via engineering services. Due to limited lighting, nighttime travel is especially difficult for residents and they often feel unsafe. Additionally, power outages often occur within the community due to electrical failures. Through the development of a sustainable lighting solution, the SolarE team addresses the need for sufficient lighting throughout the village at night and catalyzes social entrepreneurship within the Filipino community by empowering villagers to produce and sell the solar light locally.