The Power of  First Light Philanthropy to support the Developing World and underserved US Communities.

The FIRST LIGHT PROJECT is the 501c3 Light Philanthropy initiated by the founder of one of the top US LED Light Manufacturers to help healthcare and eduation institutions around the world.

FIRST LIGHT PROJECT is one of the international service initiatives by Independence LED Lighting and Greater Philadelphia based Upper Main Line ROTARY, specifically to aid Developing Countries and areas in need across America. The Light Philanthropy initiative is supported by product donation matches from Independence LED and fundraising though the ROTARY and other sources.

The regional ROTARY Clubs have supported Power Up Gambia in the past, and the initial First Light Project installation was for a Hospital in the Gambia. The First Light Project has forged a strategic relationship with Power Up Gambia to help create renewable energy and also reduce wasted energy. This dual approach is aimed at creating “Net-Zero” cost of operations facilities in the parts of the world that need it most for healthcare and education.

See the First Light Project First Light Project

This non-profit category of Light Philanthropy may help set a trend for energy-efficient illumination in areas that cannot typically afford advanced technology.

International Service Recognition:

Charlie Szoradi with Rotary District Governor David Ellis

On September 5, 2012, District Governor David Ellis presents a Rotary Citation to Charlie Szoradi, Upper Main Line Rotary Club Board Member, for Leadership in International Service. The presentation was held at the Waynesborough Country Club, and  Mr. Szoradi thanked the District Governor David Ellis and said that he, “Accepts this appreciation on behalf of all of the fellow Upper Main Line Rotary Club members that have helped to get the First Light Project off the ground.”

The Upper Main Line Rotary Club in Rotary District 7450 of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Media Coverage from Africa on the new category of Light Philanthropy

See the Article: First Light Project Launches with LED tube lights for Africa

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Rotary District 7450 Clubs:

Abington at Edge Hill, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd-Narberth, Bensalem , Bristol , Broomall , Bryn Mawr, Central Chester County , Central Delaware County, Cheltenham-Rockledge , Chester, Chester Pike,, Chestnut Hill , Chichester , Coatesville,, Concordville-Chadds Ford, Exton-Frazer, Feasterville, Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia, Glen Riddle , Glenside, Greater West Chester Sunrise , Great Valley, Haverford Township, Jenkintown, Kennett Square , King of Prussia,  LanghorneLevittown-Fairless Hills, Longwood Rotary ClubMadrugadores, Media, Northeast Sunrisers, Oxford, Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn, Philadelphia , Phoenixville , Shady Brook, Swarthmore, Thorndale , Twin Valley , Upper Darby-Lansdowne, Wayne , West Chester , West Chester Downtown “Fridays”, West Grove-Avondale , Westtown-Goshen

The Rotary impact: A founding principle of Rotary was to provide a forum for professional and business leaders for networking across business owners and people in management positions. Rotary creates fellowship and ways to raise money and use financial resources to help humanity on a local community level, national level, and international level. About 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,500 Rotary Clubs worldwide (Rotary International – Local clubs may combine their humanitarian influence worldwide.

The First Light Project is an example of Light Philanthropy, where a local US program prvides international outreach.

The LED Light impact: This LED light matching donation initiative, started by a Rotarian and CEO of an American LED manufacturer, is hopefully an example of a new trend in energy “Light” Philanthropy.  The commitment by Independence LED Lighting, to donate LED tubes lights to communities that need them most, is hopefully a trend that other LED manufacturers will adopt by teaming up with the First Light Project.  The global demand for energy reduction has driven the growth of LED manufacturers and there is no end in sight for the world’s appetite to replace the billions of inefficient fluorescent tubes and other types of “old tech” lighting in hospitals and schools across the US and Developing Nations.

Excerpt from November 2016 Power Up Gambia Newsletter

Power Up Gambia is grateful for the support of Independence LED who made a second generous donation of LED lights to Sulayman Junkung Hospital, Serrakunda General Hospital and APRC Ferrafenni Hospital this summer. We first met Independence LED CEO Charlie Szoradi at a Rotary Club event, and he immediately said he wanted to help. With LED lighting,  solar power projects are more efficient – less power is needed to light up a room. And the hospitals love the lights – since they are durable and last many years, they reduce the hospital’s maintenance costs significantly over time.

More: Power Up Gambia November 2016 Newsletter

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