Give the Gift of Light

Update posted by Jonathan Dayrit On Jul 15, 2016

The 'Give the Gift of Light' project started as a modest idea and crowdfunding campaign here in GoGetFunding last June 10, 2016. Today (July 15), about a month later, we celebrate together with you our first month of existence sharing the following great news.


"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16


Within a month, you (good friends, acquaintances, supporters and backers - yes, that means all of you) have:

  • contributed almost $150 online and around $100 in offline contributions to the initial / seed funds. These amounts allow us to purchase / acquire around 10 solar lights which will be given to families in identified remote / off-grid communities with the help of our partners (Arnel, AD, Julian, etc). What can we say? A million thanks for helping to share the gift of light to others.
  • Aside from the monetary amounts, you have motivated us to do more and to continue on by sharing with us your messages of support & encouragement, prayers, moral support, logistical support, and by sharing the campaign to other friends via social media, by word of mouth, etc. This is equally valued and appreciated.

Matthew 5:14-16

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.



Within the next few days, we will begin sending the solar lights to the communities and update you with news on how your contributions and support are helping to 'light up homes' and 'light up spirits'.


[Above] - Photos of first batch of lights acquired via the seed funding and is now on its way to the identified communities.


[Above] - One set of light - un-boxed




John 8:12

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."


Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.




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Update posted by Jonathan Dayrit On Jun 30, 2016

First, many thanks for supporting our Give the Gift of Light campaign. We have received feedback from some of you about difficulties some of you are having in sending your contributions via Paypal or credit card. Kindly note that Paypal is the payment processor option available with GoGetFunding but that within Paypal, there is also an option to NOT create a Paypal account (if you don’t have one yet) and instead pay with a credit / debit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Amex).

Allow us to also clarify that contributions can be done to the Give the Gift of Light campaign in GoGetFunding from virtually anywhere (any country). Those in the Philippines and anywhere outside of the U.S. CAN contribute using Paypal or via credit / debit card. In the case that someone from the Philippines wants to contribute using a Philippine-issued credit or debit card, the amount to be contributed (in US $) will be converted to the equivalent Philippine peso amount at the current exchange rate.

The following instructions and screenshots below may help guide you send contributions.

Once you click the Donate Now button in GoGetFunding, you will be redirected to this link - https://gogetfunding.com/campaign_funds/?pre=50368... - and will be presented with the following screen.

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Kindly note that you can:

  • Input the desired donation amount;
  • Choose (check or uncheck) whether the donation amount and name is hidden
  • Optionally, you can place info such as your First name, Last name and email address as well as optionally place a public comment

Click on the Continue button below the screen. You will then be redirected to a page similar to the screenshot below.

Kindly note again the following:

  • You have options to change the amount and/or edit entries you made in the previous page (red ovals in screenshot above);
  • Options and inputs you made in the previous screen are reflected on this page for your confirmation (yellow rectangles in screenshot above)
  • Whether you will be donating using a Paypal account or will be donating via Credit / Debit card, you still have to click the ‘Check out with Paypal’ button (green oval with red arrow in screenshot above).
  • Kindly note again the text at the bottom (green rectangle in screenshot) that “When at PayPal, login to your existing PayPal account OR click the option to pay by debit/credit card.”

Clicking the Check out with Paypal button brings you to the next screen.

The next screen (shown in the screenshot above) gives you two options for contributing / donating.

  • Logging in with a Paypal account if you already have one and plan to contribute via Paypal funds; OR
  • Simply contribute using a credit card or debit card (will not require you to register with Paypal

Just choose which is appropriate for you.

Since the Paypal login and Paypal use is quite straightforward (and we have not encountered much feedback or error reports on this), the next set of instructions / guides will focus on payment via credit card (without logging in to Paypal or creating a Paypal account).



The screenshot above is similar to the screen you will see if you chose the Pay with a credit or debit card. Please note that info you will input in the top boxes are the same info you have associated with your credit or debit card.

Kindly note the checkbox highlighted by a red arrow in the screenshot above. If you simply want to pay via credit or debit card and NOT create a Paypal account, you should untick or “clear” this checkbox (remove the check).

To further emphasize, please refer to the screenshot below.

Well there, we hope the above instructions / guides / screenshots helped to resolve issues with making your donations. To be sure, please DO inform the campaign team (privately; you can email [email protected]) if you encounter problems in making contributions to this campaign so that we can assist you or offer alternatives.

Likewise, we have coordinated with GoGetFunding technical support and they have advised that if any of the would-be contributors encounter problems, they can send an email to [email protected] (contact person: Victoria) and GoGetFunding technical support team is very much willing to help resolve the issue.

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Update posted by Jonathan Dayrit On Jun 29, 2016


From wikipedia:

The Lumad is a term being used to denote a group of indigenous people in the southern Philippines. It is a Cebuano term meaning "native" or "indigenous". The term is short for Katawhang Lumad (Literally: "indigenous people"), the autonym officially adopted by the delegates of the Lumad Mindanao Peoples Federation (LMPF) founding assembly on 26 June 1986 at the Guadalupe Formation Center, Balindog, Kidapawan, Cotabato, Philippines. It is the self-ascription and collective identity of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao.


Profile:

  • Community members of Sitio Anghel, Barangay Managok,Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
  • Members of Lumad (indigenous people of Mindanao)
  • Link with community: Bro. Arnel Alvarez (SIM Missionary and member of this campaign team) with help of Pastor Roger Porquillo and wife Josie as well as Ex. Barangay Captain Eli.
  • # of solar lights needed - at least 25 solar lights for at least 25 families living in homes without electricity (off-grid)


Through and with the help of our campaign partner, Bro. Arnel Alvarez, who is currently serving as missionary in Malaybalay, Bukidnon (Mindanao), Lumad families living in off-grid community of Sitio Anghel, Barangay Managok, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon were visited and identified as potential beneficiaries of solar lights though the 'Gift the Gift of Light' campaign. Bro. Arnel, together with Pastor Roger Porquillo as well as Ex. Brgy. Captain Eli, and community leaders helped to identify around 25 families needing solar lights for their children’s education (studying at night), safety and protection (walking home in the dark, treacherous roads / walking paths at night) and in doing chores and enjoying “family time” at night. Families and community leaders interviewed said that they don’t expect the electric company to install electricity to the community anytime soon. Most of the community members are farmers (hired help in farms) and part of their limited income is spent on buying kerosene and/or candles for their “light” during night time. They will benefit much from solar lights to be donated to them.


Your contribution to the 'Give the Gift of Light' campaign will enable Bro. Arnel, Pastor Roger and the campaign team to provide solar lights to these Lumad families in Bukidnon on your behalf. Support the campaign now for as little as $1 (you can Donate via Paypal or credit card via GoGetFunding website. If you would prefer other methods for sending contributions and backing, please get in touch with the campaign team).


Your contribution to the 'Give the Gift of Light' campaign will enable Bro. Arnel, Pastor Roger and the campaign team to provide solar lights to these Lumad families in Bukidnon on your behalf. Support the campaign now for as little as $1 (you can Donate via Paypal or credit card via GoGetFunding website. If you would prefer other methods for sending contributions and backing, please get in touch with the campaign team).

Your contribution to the 'Give the Gift of Light' campaign will enable Bro. Arnel, Pastor Roger and the campaign team to provide solar lights to these Lumad families in Bukidnon on your behalf. Support the campaign now for as little as $1 (you can Donate via Paypal or credit card via GoGetFunding website. If you would prefer other methods for sending contributions and backing, please get in touch with the campaign team).

Your contribution to the 'Give the Gift of Light' campaign will enable Bro. Arnel, Pastor Roger and the campaign team to provide solar lights to these Lumad families in Bukidnon on your behalf. Support the campaign now for as little as $1 (you can Donate via Paypal or credit card via GoGetFunding website. If you would prefer other methods for sending contributions and backing, please get in touch with the campaign team).

Photo Credits: Arnel Alvarez (member of the campaign team)

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Update posted by Jonathan Dayrit On Jun 21, 2016

Dear friends,
(Please note that this was sent out or shared with selected Facebook friends but if you receive this and want to read on and be involved, that is most welcome)

Warm greetings!! After a somewhat successful personal crowdfunding campaign we did which you have supported (thank you very much), I was encouraged to do another crowdfunding campaign - this time no longer personal but for a worthy cause that benefits disadvantaged communities and families in the Philippines. This modest campaign is called Give the Gift of Light and it involves donating and distributing solar reading lamps / off-grid survival lights to individuals / families and communities living in remote areas where electricity is unavailable (called off-grid or off-the-grid).

We have partnered with development workers, pastors and missionaries who work directly with the communities so that they can help to identify would-be beneficiaries. Some of those we have partnered with include: Arnel Alvarez (working with the Lumads in Mindanao), Julian Barcega (working with the Aetas in Zambales and other indigenous groups & needy families) and Adriel Dave Alvarez (working in Camotes Island in Cebu). We are looking forward to partnering with other development workers, pastors and missionaries from other parts of the Philippines. They have been invited to form part of the Campaign / Fundraising Team.

You can learn more about the campaign here: https://gogetfunding.com/give-the-gift-of-light/

This campaign was recently launched and to start the ball rolling, so to speak, we want to have some start-up funding (you will notice that Funds Raised so far is $0 in the campaign page in GoGetFunding - as of June 20, 2016 [Update: As of June 30, 2016, funds raised for the start-up or seed funds is now at $31 - thanks to the seed funding support]). The reason I am sending you this message is to ask that you be part of this initial or start-up funding to start the ball rolling. The target initial start-up fund (just to start the ball rolling - apologies for sounding like a broken record) is a mere $50 - $100 enough to fund 3 - 5 solar lights for initial distribution to needy families already identified through our partners. As mentioned earlier, sending this to “selected” FB friends numbering about 20 which means a mere $1 - $5 backing / contribution from each of these 20 or so “friends” (yes, that includes you if you received this message) will suffice to complete the start-up funding.

In GoGetFunding, the campaign is made public (ie seen by others to which the campaign link is not directly shared) if it has not yet reached $100 total contributions / backing so your backing towards the initial start-up funds will be important to make the campaign public as well.

And as a token of our appreciation for your backing / contribution for the initial start-up funding, we will “raffle off” one additional solar light / off-grid survival light (coming from the campaign team’s own pockets) which will be given to the chosen / selected (as a result of the raffle) initial backer. The lucky raffle winner can then have the light delivered to his address (we could split the shipping cost :)) or have the light donated to a family or individual of his choice under his name.

Remember, all we are asking is for you to contribute between $1 - $5 (but of course you can give more) to “kick-off” (raise an initial $100 to start the ball rolling) the campaign and at the same time have a chance to ‘win’ a solar light in the raffle.

For those of you who have contributed in the other personal crowdfunding campaign I did for my son, please don’t take this to mean that I am taking advantage of your generosity and asking for more. No pressure, whatsoever, backing up this campaign.

Lastly, we would also like to ask for your help and inputs in helping to identify families and communities who may benefit from the solar lights (for them to receive the donated lights) and / or help to identify other potential partners (groups or individuals) already working in those areas / communities.

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Update posted by Jonathan Dayrit On Jun 20, 2016

Great White Light - Solar Reading Light with mobile device charger (also called the Off-grid Survival Light)

The Great White Light is a solar reading light with mobile device (adapters) chargers. It allows you to harness the power of the sun and use renewable energy as source for light and power during off-grid situations. That is why the Great White Light is also considered as an off-grid survival light.



Package contents:

  1. Light Unit
  2. Solar Panel
  3. Gooseneck Stand
  4. Lanyard Strap
  5. Phone adapters
  6. [Warranty card]
  7. [User Manual]

Product Information:
  1. 3.7 V 1000 mAh Lithium-Ion Battery
  2. 1.5W Solar Panel with 5 meter cord and mobile phone adaptors
  3. Twelve (12) 5mm Bright White LEDs
  4. Charge Indicator LED
  5. Charge Controller: Over-Charge / Deep Discharge Protection
  6. Durable Plastic Casing for Maximum Protection








Some of its features include:

  • Three (3) different light modes / configuration to balance between light brightness vis-a-vis battery power. You can set it to bright (high) light for reading that lasts for 6 hours on full battery charge OR set it to low light (usually used as night dim light) that can last for 50 hours on full battery charge. There is also a middle setting that balances between battery life and brightness (runs for about 16 hours) on full battery.

  • The light comes with and can be attached to a goose-neck accessory that allows it to be used in different configurations(table top light, hung by a post, handheld, etc).

  • The plastic casing of the led lights is made of durable, non-breakable material that allows the light to be used in rugged environments (can be dropped without breaking).
  • The package comes with a lace allowing the light to be strapped to your neck and allowing you to use the light in your chest area (useful if you are using the light as a flashlight or guide light while you are walking and your hands are 'full' with items you are carrying).

  • The package comes with mobile device charging accessories allowing you to 'charge' mobile devices. There are at least 5 different mobile device adaptors that come with the package.
  • Comes with a 1-year warranty*
*Conditions apply




Uses:

  • By Choice: For the campers, outdoor adventurers, mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts who choose to be off-grid (alone, enjoying the peace and quiet of the outdoors) at times but would still need night light / guide light and still need to have their mobile devices to be charged. The Great White Light with mobile device charger would be an affordable yet very useful companion during your outdoor trips.
  • By Chance and Circumstance: There are situations in life where being off-grid (not having electricity, light or electric power) is not a choice. Some of these situations include living in a rural and remote community not serviced by an electric company, unavailability of electricity and power as a result of a natural disaster or calamity (earthquakes, typhoons, war or conflict), and even getting a vehicle malfunction or a flat tire in a remote location in the middle of nowhere. Again, in these situations or cases, the Great White Light with mobile device charger would be your 'reliable companion'.
  • By Profession: Fisherfolks, farmers. tour guides, photographers will find the Great White Light as a reliable companion in their profession.
  • By humanitarian, relief and development organizations and local government units: Humanitarian agencies, NGOs and LGUs can purchase several units of the Great White Light to serve as distribution or relief items during disaster response and disaster risk reduction activities. Light and communications are now becoming a vital need of the beneficiaries (or disaster survivors) in the onset of a disaster or an emergency. Likewise, developmental organizations can also distribute these lights to their target beneficiaries. These solar reading lights / off-grid survival lights help with education. Children living in homes in off-grid / remote / rural locations can utilize the lights while studying, reviewing lessons, and in making assignments at night time. The Great White Light is safer to use compared to a candle or kerosene lamp which is more expensive, more dangerous, and poses a health hazard. The Great White Light also helps with 'Child Protection' since the light is 'safer' to use (less hazards) and the light can help protect / guide children when traveling / walking at night to/from home or school.
Photo below illustrates how the Great White Light has been used [as an aid or distribution item] in humanitarian work, disaster response & recovery efforts and in development work.

* Photo credits: One Million Lights Philippines
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Update posted by Jonathan Dayrit On Jun 11, 2016

Solar Reading Light with mobile device charger.

Package contents:

  • Solar Panel with 5 meter cord
  • Led Light in plastic casing (non-breakable)
  • Mobile phone adaptors
  • Goose neck (for different light configuration)
  • Lace



Uses:

  • By Choice: For the campers, outdoor adventurers, mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts who choose to be off-grid (alone, enjoying the peace and quiet of the outdoors) at times but would still need night light / guide light and still need to have their mobile devices to be charged. The solar reading light with mobile device charger would be an affordable yet very useful companion during your outdoor trips.
  • By Chance and Circumstance: There are situations in life where being off-grid (not having electricity, light or electric power) is not a choice. Some of these situations include living in a rural and remote community not serviced by an electric company, unavailability of electricity and power as a result of a natural disaster or calamity (earthquakes, typhoons, war or conflict), and even getting a vehicle malfunction or a flat tire in a remote location in the middle of nowhere. Again, in these situations or cases, the solar reading light with mobile device charger would be your 'reliable companion'.

Invest in a Great White Light solar reading light with mobile device charger now. For you and/or for someone who needs it. Support this campaign and Gift the Gift of Light!

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Anonymous

Backed with $50.00 On Aug 25, 2016

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Thank you so much Tony Medina for your contribution to the seed fund to jumpstart this campaign. Looking forward to working with Tony Medina Photography - https://www.facebook.com/PicMeStudios/?pnref=lhc in future projects related to this campaign.

Jonathan Dayrit

Posted On Jul 16, 2016

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Tony Medina

Backed with $20.00 On Jul 15, 2016

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Thank you so much Darius and Hedy Erardo for your contribution to the seed fund to jumpstart this campaign. The GtGoL campaign team is very inspired by your comments posted in FB. To God be the Glory!

Jonathan Dayrit

Posted On Jul 13, 2016

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Thank you so much Ms. Jennifer Ringcodan for your contribution to the ’Give the Gift of Light’ campaign. Your kind contribution will provide 3 Lumad families in an-offgrid community in Sitio Anghel, Barangay Managok, Malaybalay, Bukidnon with solar survival lights / reading lights.

Jonathan Dayrit

Posted On Jul 13, 2016

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This project is to give light to those who can not have access to MERALCO, as way of gifting and sharing that we can not remain in darkness for Jesus came to be a Light to the world, and He has sent us to be a light to darkness!!!

Darius Erardo

Backed with $20.00 On Jul 13, 2016

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Thank you so much J. Nave for your contribution to the seed fund to jumpstart this campaign.

Jonathan Dayrit

Posted On Jul 08, 2016

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Thank you so much Jaye Cueto Florendo for your contribution to the seed fund to jumpstart this campaign.

Jonathan Dayrit

Posted On Jul 08, 2016

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Anonymous

Backed On Jul 08, 2016 Amount Hidden

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Jaye Florendo

Backed with $25.00 On Jul 07, 2016

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