Years in the Philippines serving in the US Peace Corps creates a special bond that has made the devastation from Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan especially painful. Awaiting the great storm’s landfall, the world’s thoughts and prayers turned to the millions in its path, and prepared for the relief and recovery efforts that must follow.
This crisis has become another opportunity for NPI to extend its philanthropic interests at this time of great need during this season of thanksgiving. Earlier this year, under happier circumstances, NPI presented solar lanterns from d.light Design (an international social enterprise serving households without access to reliable electric power) to Peace Corps volunteers in Belize, their host families, a Mayan woman’s cooperative, and a fishermen’s cooperative.http://www.npiservices.com/npi-introduces-solar-lanterns-to-belize-march-12-2013/
Kopernik (a non-profit which introduces affordable technologies and creates micro-business opportunities in remote communities to market these technologies) has created a typhoon emergency response. Working with the Rotary Club of Bacolod North in the Philippines to oversee distribution, Kopernik (Http://Kopernik.Info/) has chosen d.light (Http://Www.Dlightdesign.Com/) solar lantern/chargers to provide light to typhoon survivors, and to power critical mobile devices. Mobile devices, which have brought the disaster up close to the world, are now employed for logistics in relief and rebuilding efforts, mapping supply routes, and maintaining vital communications.
NPI is pleased to support the recovery efforts in the Philippines in a way that reflects its corporate values and personal history, via socially responsible organizations bringing appropriate technology and entrepreneurial support to people in places with great need. Our hearts go out to the typhoon victims. May the endurance and pride of the Filipino culture and history rise above this natural disaster. NPI hopes this token of support will bring light and hope to those committed to rebuilding their barrios.