I had the honor of filming and directing this video with Andy Zenczak through Gadgetbox Studios for the Organization Lighting for Literacy.
Lighting for Literacy is a Rotary humanitarian educational pathway for youth designed to increase world literacy for the world's population of people who live in the dark after sunset (off-grid). Within this population 85 percent are illiterate. They earn an average of $2.50 a day. Thirty percent of their daily income is spent on Kerosene and candles, highly toxic and flammable products, to heat and light their home.
Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club and United Methodist Church came together in a collaborate effort to create an Earth Day Project for Youth. Using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), the team designed a renewal, solar, lighting sustainable system (RSLSS) Workshops, led by trained engineers engaged local youth in STEM and taught them how to build, solder, and program RSLSS.
In April , 2013, the Rotary and UMC team returned to Colonet, Mex. An additional 10 RSLSS pilot installations were installed by the youth. Today the children now can read and do their homework after sunset. On August 29th, the LFL team shipped another RSLSS to India, to be installed in a school for impoverished children, built by Bagalore IT Corridor Rotary Club in India. In addition in April 2014 Doug McNeil was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change.