TACLOBAN RISE presents: Watts of Love

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In support of similar projects with like-minded goals to ILPRO, we’d like to introduce WATTS OF LOVE, a global solar lighting nonprofit committed to empowering the poorest of the poor in the darkest regions of the world. Their mission is to provide sustainable, safe, and reliable lighting products.

Before typhoon Haiyan, Tacloban was ranked in the top 10 Philippine cities in 2010. After the typhoon, much of the city is unrecognizable. And this is Tacloban, a large city – what more countless small towns whose needs may still remain unmet to this day, 13 weeks after the disaster?

One of those smaller islands is Bantayan Island, in northern Cebu, in barangay Sillon. After the typhoon destroyed their home, a mother of 13 waits out the storm with her seven youngest children in a large clay pot. Here are the words of a Watts of Love volunteer, Kevin Kuster, as shared on Watts of Love‘s Facebook page:

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Photo courtesy of Watts of Love.

Kevin here. Although there are many stories to tell in the past two weeks, I feel the need to share this one particular story as I get ready to leave the Philippines.

During Typhoon Haiyan, this woman and her smallest 7 of 13 children stayed in this water jar for protection! Their bamboo hut was completely destroyed and this was the only place for them to hide from the storm and huge crashing bamboo trees.

When I told her she was very brave she said, “No! God is good!” 

Amazing! I knew at that moment that she would be a Watts of Love recipient and that God had brought me directly to her. What I didn’t know was that her husband and 5 oldest children had gone to the church for protection. She and the smallest 7 children did not. When I gave her the solar light, she teared up and began thanking God. 

Now here is the the amazing part of the story! Prior to the storm, she didn’t attend church. She said that after the storm, she knew that God had saved her and her children from death. She decided that from now on, she would always serve God in her “new life!”  

Today, no matter where you are or what problems you might be facing, there is ALWAYS a reason to be thankful. Find the reason in your life to be thankful, focus on it and give thanks. I promise it will change your heart and circumstances.

Whether you are faith-based, there is still much work to be done.

Founder Nancy Economou will speak about their mission and projects at the Feb. 1 TACLOBAN RISE fundraiser. Visit them online at wattsoflove.org

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