Delivering Solar Lanterns and Water Filters to Typhoon-affected Areas in the Philippines

Kopernik distributed solar lanterns and water filters to six central Philippines islands affected by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Project Type

  • Technology Distribution


On 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, inflicting massive damage on six central Philippine islands. Over 14 million people were affected and over four million displaced. The affected areas suffered from lack of essential resources, such as food, clean water, and electricity. Due to bad weather and the road condition, the local population only received limited assistance so reconstruction of the area moved slowly.


Kopernik distributed 1,055 solar lanterns and 203 water filters to typhoon-devastated communities in the Philippines over six project phases. With the help of two local partners, Rotary Club of Bacolod North and AMDA (Association of Medical Doctors of Asia), we identified people most in need and reached the areas that were most affected. Our local partner delivered solar lights and water filters door-to-door and through assembly points.

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The technologies were delivered to individuals and families, in addition to community centers, hence providing lights to stairs, pathways, kitchens and health rooms for patients. It was noteworthy that although the local population received these solar lights due to the response to Typhoon Haiyan, they would be valuable for a long time given the prolific nature of natural disasters in the Philippines that has led to instability in the nation’s electrical grids.

This project is managed by Kopernik Solutions and implemented by PT Kopernik on behalf of our client.