Panasonic donates solar lanterns around Angkor

A series of the most poverty-stricken villages around Angkor in Siem Reap province were thrown under the spotlight after Panasonic donated 1,500 solar lanterns on Dec. 3. The company gave the lanterns to UNESCO’s Phnom Penh Office, who have pledged to pass them on to the APSARA National Authority to distribute to the poorest villages.

The move coincides with the 20th anniversary of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor (ICC-Angkor). The ICC-Angkor deals with the safeguarding of Angkor and challenges of the sustainable development of the site. It also works towards enhancing the state of the temples while preserving the archeological wonders.

Anne Lemaistre, Phnom Penh UNESCO Representative, says, “The Solar Lantern donation to the UNESCO office reflects the continued strategic partnership between UNESCO and Panasonic, specifically in the utilisation of technology for societal contribution.

“Through collaboration and innovation, we can work together towards environmental and cultural preservation.”

Michiko Ogawa, Group Manager of CSR Corporate Citizenship Group, Panasonic Corporation, adds, “Availability of light and electricity affects quality of life. Without light, children aren’t able to study effectively at night and access to urgent medical treatment in rural areas with poor electrical infrastructure is limited as well as difficult.

“People can potentially get trapped in the cycle of poverty as they are unable to cope with such societal problems. The Solar Lantern is one way Panasonic aims to lend support to those in the base of pyramid areas through innovative technology.

“We hope the donation can eventually create A Better Life, A Better World for all.”