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Panasonic Cambodia Donated Solar Lanterns To The Off-Grid Village In Kampong Speu Province

Panasonic Cambodia Donated Solar Lanterns To The Off-Grid Village In Kampong Speu Province

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Panasonic Cambodia has reaffirmed its commitment to providing affordable and clean energy. This effort aims to elevate the quality of life for those residing in rural areas of Cambodia. To achieve this goal, the company has formed a collaborative partnership with the non-governmental organization, Lutheran Hope Cambodia Organization (LHCO) and JELA Foundation.

As part of this long-term mission, the Panasonic has donated 556 solar lanterns in 2024 to off-grid regions in Kampong Speu Provinces. This initiative, called “Light up the Future,” aims to create avenues for quality education, healthcare, and sustainable living in communities that lack access to electricity. So far, The company has donated a total of 18,066 lanterns in Cambodia – and will continue to provide more in future as well.

Mr. Hisakazu Maeda, Country Head of Panasonic Cambodia addressing the gathering.

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At the distribution ceremony, Hisakazu Maeda the country head of the Cambodia branch said expressed his gratitude, excitement, and delight at meeting the people of village face-to-face, as well as his desire for Panasonic Cambodia to become more involved with community projects.

“This is not a one-off project and Panasonic would like to continue with helping to improve the lighting situation for rural places in need within Cambodia,” he said.

Solar lanterns a variety of uses

Prior to the solar lantern distribution, (LHCO) conducted a survey to identify the families with the greatest need. Solar lanterns have a variety of uses, such as providing light for cooking and studying, as well as making nighttime activities safer.

Panasonic – Solar Lantern.

Panasonic Cambodia Commitment

The lantern donation is part of Panasonic’s global corporate citizenship initiative to contribute to society and help build a better world. By providing light to underserved communities, the company hopes to improve education opportunities and living standards.

Panasonic’s “Light Up the Future” Initiative

“Light Up the Future” is a global Panasonic program dedicated to bringing the power of light to off-grid communities around the world. Through the donation of solar lanterns and collaboration with local partners, Panasonic is creating a brighter future for those living in poverty.  

This project picks up where the project to donate 100,000 solar lanterns left off, bringing light to areas that have no electricity using Panasonic’s renewable energy technology. Working with parent organizations such as NPOs, NGOs and international groups, support programs on the ground guide communities toward sustainability and eliminate poverty by providing opportunities for education, health, and increased income.

Villagers receiving solar lanterns during the official ceremony.

About Panasonic

Panasonic, founded in 1918 by Kōnosuke Matsushita as Matsushita Electric Housewares Manufacturing Works in Osaka, Japan today a global leader in developing innovative technologies and solutions for wide-ranging applications in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, industry, communications, and energy sectors worldwide.

Panasonic’s global reach extends to Cambodia, where it established a representative office in 2010. Operating under Panasonic Singapore, the Cambodia office manages marketing, after-sales service, and repairs in the country. Beyond its business operations, Panasonic Cambodia is committed to creating lasting, positive impacts on local communities and society.

The company’s enduring commitment to enhancing people’s lives is reflected in its new brand slogan, “Live Your Best,” introduced in April 2022. This slogan embodies Panasonic’s dedication to supporting customers in achieving their best in today’s changing world, while continuing to contribute to societal progress and development.

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