Solar power to light Filipino homes in rural areas

Different organizations funded a total of more than $16 million in order to provide electricity  power to over 40,000 poor households in various rural areas in the Philippines.

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The Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) of the World Bank provided $3 million while the European Union granted $12.8 million. The Department of Energy of the Philippines also pledged to give additional contribution to raise the fund.

According to the World Bank, the project will be focused mainly on providing electricity (to be powered by solar energy) to households located in isolated islands and remote areas all throughout the Philippines. The organization also believes that the lack of electricity is one of the primary reasons for the increase of marginalization.

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Although the project will be implemented across the Philippine archipelago, it will give more priority to the households in Mindanao that are widely affected by the ongoing conflict between the military and the rebel groups. Poverty in the conflict-affected areas in Mindanao are reported to be disproportionately high. Nearly one third of the poor people in these areas are still suffering from dark nights because of the absence of electric power.

As said by the World Bank Country Director for the Philippines Mara K. Warwick, “The certified solar packages will ensure not only lighting but will also provide households with energy efficient appliance packages including televisions, radios, phone chargers and fans.”

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Drinking Kefir Milk

I believe that almost all the people in this world would like to be physically fit and healthy. Em I right? Today, I would like to introduce some healthy fermented called “kefir”. Out of curiosity I decide to  purchase some life way kefir in our local grocery store .

Life Way Kefir

As you can see, there are a lot kind of flavor from plain kefir to kefir smoothie mixed with fruits! I pretty sure the company is selling well, LOL! The taste was just like yogurt, I can’t even distinguish it.

As you can see in the packaging, they even highlight  the word “probiotic”, I really wonder what is probiotic. So I decide to research more about kefir, guess what? I did learn a lot of things about kefir, the most important one is – kefir is better than yogurt and both of them are consider to be a fermented milk! Wow!

Upon researching, I learned that I can also create my very own kefir drink. I just need to buy kefir grains and video course!

My 1st goal was to create a plain kefir, I was very nervous and excited. Luckily, it wasn’t that hard to make one. Then after, doing it several times, I store up my own kefir milk then mix it with some fruity to make my own kefir smoothie drink.

It was an awesome experience for me, I never imagine that it could be this simple.

For people who want to know more about kefir:

If you have time, I would highly recommend you to create your own kefir supply, it just as simple as 1,2 and 3! Cheers!

Banana – Ginger Smoothie

If you find difficulty to make your kids drink healthy juice. Try making this smoothie recipes it’s delicious but also had healthy benefits!

Banana-Ginger-Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) vanilla yogurt or kefir
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine in a blendr all the ingredients and blend fully until soomth. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

Turkey Salad Sandwich

This salad sandwich is best to go when in a hurry. Not only its delicious its also nutritious.

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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons green onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion, grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons apple, diced
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 ½ cups turkey, cut into cubes (chicken)
  • ½ cup plain Latta Kefir
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • favorite bread

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix it well. After mixing it place the bowl with cover in the fridge and serve with bread and tomato slices.

Enjoy!

Strawberry-Ginger Shake

A healthy and refreshing treat that is easy to prepare with a fresh ingredients.

Strawberry-Ginger Shake

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 cups of plain kefir
  • 1 cup of strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ginger juice (to taste)

Instructions

  1. In a blender, mix all the ingredients and blend until fully smooth. If desired, add more honey and blend to combine and refrigerate. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!