Panasonic donated 2,400 solar lanterns to 11 Humanitarian and Non-Governmental Organizations in Cambodia, bringing the total number donated to the country under the project to 8,914. The donation ceremony was held at Panasonic Showroom in Phnom Penh.
The donation marks the third of such efforts under the “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” in Cambodia. In FY 2014, Panasonic donated more than 4,000 solar lanterns to 17 organizations including the UNESCO office in Phnom Penh. 2,500 solar lanterns were donated in FY 2013 to 9 organizations including the same UNESCO office. And before the launch of the 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project, Panasonic had implemented a pilot project under which 2,000 solar lanterns were donated to 15 organizations in Cambodia in March 2012. These solar lanterns have been used to address social challenges faced by people living in off-grid areas of the country.
Hidehiko Kondo, Chief Representative of the Cambodia Branch of Panasonic Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd., commented, “We have received positive feedback from these organizations and have learned that many people, especially those living in rural areas of the country are still left behind without access to electricity. Panasonic will continue to fulfill its responsibilities as a corporate citizen in the communities it serves, one of which is through the provision of safe and stable electric lighting.”
Launched in 2012, the Panasonic global “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” aims to create positive changes in lives of people in rural off-grid areas in emerging and developing countries through donation of 100,000 units of the compact solar lighting devices by 2018, the company’s 100th year anniversary.
In Cambodia, 66% of its population is said to have no access to electricity. Availability of light and electricity affects quality of life. The “100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project” came about with the aim to provide electric lighting to enhance access to education, healthcare and business opportunities through the use of the company’s own technology and product.
Each solar lantern is attached to a solar panel. Through the use of renewable solar energy, the product not only mitigates social challenges, but also contributes to carbon dioxide emission reduction.
Panasonic hopes that the donated solar lanterns will provide a better life, a better world for the people of Cambodia and that it will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 11 Organizations that Received Solar Lanterns in Cambodia (in alphabetical order):
1.Association of School Aid in Cambodia
2.Cambodia Education Assistance Fund
3.Cambodia Learning Aid for Children
5.International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Cambodia Country Office
6.Life With Dignity
7.My Happy Village Cambodia
8.PH-Japan (People’s Hope Japan)
9.Shanti Volunteer Association
10.World Assistance for Cambodia & Japan Relief for Cambodia
11.World Vision International - Cambodia
 Source: “World Energy Outlook 2015” by International Energy Agency