LWD receives 402 more solar lanterns from Panasonic for rural poor Cambodians
Phnom Penh (Aug 29, 2017) – Panasonic Corporation, one of the largest Japanese electronics producers, donated today 402 more sets of solar lanterns for the fifth phase, worth about US$20,000 to Cambodian rural poor community who have no access to electricity. The donation was channelled through LIFE WITH DIGNITY (LWD) under the coordination of Japan Evangelical Lutheran Association (JELA).
Speaking at the distribution ceremony in Phnom Penh, Mr. Maresuke Iijima, Chief Representative, Cambodia Brach, Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., said that the donation, which was made under Panasonic’s 100 Thousand Solar Lantern Project, aimed to help resolve social challenges such as education, health care, and poverty.
“I hope that sola lantern donation will deepen the friendly relations between Cambodia and Japan and help achieve the sustainable development goals,” Mr. Maresuke said.
In Cambodia, only 34% of the country is equipped with electrical infrastructure. While the urban electrification is 97%, the rural electrification rate is only 18%, showing a wide gap between the firms, village, pheasants and the city dwellers.
Since 2013, LWD received a total of 1,818 solar lanterns from Panasonic.
Target groups who will receive the lanterns included those working and living in the off-grid areas under LWD target areas. They are (i) Village Health Support Groups, (ii) Female Headed Households that have more than four children, (iii) Community Learning Centers and pre-schools, (iv) Village Bank Committees, (v) Agricultural Cooperative Committees, and (vi) Village Development Committees.