About us

Vision

"From marginalized to sustainable communities"

Mission

"To give hope and light"

Goals

"Community Development. Energy Solutions. Beacons of Hope"

Story

Our Humble Beginnings

A Glimpse of Hope

SOLAR Hope was founded in December 1, 2017 as a positive outcome of the founder’s (Mark) struggle with depression. He is an achiever, a leader and a multi-talented person. But early in 2017, he was diagnosed with depression. The next few months of battling against his condition nearly pushed him on the verge of giving up his life. However, his breakthrough came when he joined an outreach to the Bajao settlement in Malitam, Batangas.

The Fire Rekindled

What he thought was an opportunity for him to help despite his condition became, instead, an avenue for the community to help him realize his sense of purpose. Piece by piece, he regained his passion of reaching out to other people, which he believes to be what he will do for the rest of his life.

Passing on the Beacon of Hope

Today, he along with his team seek to offer their best to give light and hope to the lives and houses of people in need. They endeavor to challenge other people to join their advocacy and to become Beacons of Hope to the rest of the world.

How it came to be

About
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crane

Crane symbolizes HOPE while the Sun Rays symbolizes LIGHT. Hence the symbol is a reminder that we are beacons of hope.

Milestone

Where are We

SOLAR Hope Founded
1st Adopted Community: Bajaos in Batangas
2nd Adopted Community: Dumagats in Tanay
SOLAR Hope Concert: 1st Anniversary
SEC-Registered
Henkel Grant
3rd Adopted Community: Iraya Mangyans in Occ. Mindoro
Tanglaw Concert
Project Tanglaw Batch 1 (Solar Lanterns)
Launching of Liwanag 2022
New Energy Nexus Incubation Program
Project Tanglaw Batch 2 (Solar Home Systems)
Ingram COVID-19 Initiatives
4th Adopted Community: Calawis in Antipolo
5th Adopted Community: Caniogan in Morong
Social Innovation Challenge 2020
3-week Online International Collaboration
Project Tanglaw Batch 3 (Solar Home Systems)
Solar Hope Goes Online!
Tanglaw 4 Every Juan

SOLAR Hope Founded

Dec 1, 2017

It was founded over dinner when Mark and his friends decided to continue helping the Bajao community

SOLAR Hope Founded

1st Adopted Community: Bajaos in Batangas

Dec 16-17, 2017

We started helping the Bajao fishing community in Malitam, Batangas specially in their education and land issue

1st Adopted Community: Bajaos in Batangas

2nd Adopted Community: Dumagats in Tanay

Mar 17, 2018

We started helping the Dumagats in the mountains of Tandang Kutyo, Tanay specially in their electrification and communication issue

2nd Adopted Community: Dumagats in Tanay

SOLAR Hope Concert: 1st Anniversary

Dec 1, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary with the Bajao community with one of our biggest outreach participated by around 500 Bajaos and 100 volunteers

SOLAR Hope Concert: 1st Anniversary

SEC-Registered

Feb 28, 2019

We are finally official and registered in SEC as a non-profit, non-stock organization

SEC-Registered

Henkel Grant

Mar 20, 2019

We received our first big grant which we used to procure 50 solar lanterns for our communities

Henkel Grant

3rd Adopted Community: Iraya Mangyans in Occ. Mindoro

May 16, 2019

We started helping the Iraya Mangyan farming community in the remote island of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro specially in their electrification

3rd Adopted Community: Iraya Mangyans in Occ. Mindoro

Tanglaw Concert

Aug 3, 2019

We were chosen as the beneficiary of the fundraising concert which we used to procure additional 13 solar lanterns for our Dumagat community

Tanglaw Concert

Project Tanglaw Batch 1 (Solar Lanterns)

Aug 31, 2019

We were able to light 69 homes with solar lanterns to the communities.

Project Tanglaw Batch 1 (Solar Lanterns)

Launching of Liwanag 2022

Dec 1, 2019

To provide 4 sustainable sustainable solutions to Bajao, Dumagat, and Iraya communities and challenge 500 beacons of hope by 2022

Launching of Liwanag 2022

New Energy Nexus Incubation Program

Jul 30, 2020

In the midst of the pandemic, we were privileged to be part of a 4-month incubation program for energy startups that helped us pivot our approach in the communities

New Energy Nexus Incubation Program

Project Tanglaw Batch 2 (Solar Home Systems)

Aug-Dec, 2020

We were able to light 170 homes with solar home systems in Sitio Rawang and nearby communities to help families cope with pandemic and distance learning

Project Tanglaw Batch 2 (Solar Home Systems)

Ingram COVID-19 Initiatives

Aug-Dec, 2020

We were able to provide financial support to our adopted communities through a 100k grant from Ingram Micro.

Ingram COVID-19 Initiatives

4th Adopted Community: Calawis in Antipolo

Dec 12, 2020

We started helping the Dumagats in the mountains of Calawis, Antipolo specially in their electrification and cooperative

4th Adopted Community: Calawis in Antipolo

5th Adopted Community: Caniogan in Morong

Jan 30, 2021

We started helping the islanded community in Caniogan, Morong specially in their electrification and education 

5th Adopted Community: Caniogan in Morong

Social Innovation Challenge 2020

Sep 2020 – Apr 2021

We won the 7-month incubation program of iVolunteer’s SIC 2020 for non-profitthat helped us learn more about volunteerism and nation-building.

Social Innovation Challenge 2020

3-week Online International Collaboration

Jun 7-25, 2021

We will work together with Japanese professionals to develop a design sprint for our initiatives under Spiceworx training program.

3-week Online International Collaboration

Project Tanglaw Batch 3 (Solar Home Systems)

Dec 2020 – Jul 2021

We will light 273 homes with solar home systems in 3 communities: Mangyan, Calawis and Caniogan to help them cope with the pandemic.

Project Tanglaw Batch 3 (Solar Home Systems)

Solar Hope Goes Online!

Jun 26, 2021

In celebration of the 3-year journey of Solar Hope together with the communities and our partners, we are now officially launching our website through Tanglaw 2021 Fundraising Concert.

Solar Hope Goes Online!

Tanglaw 4 Every Juan

Jul-Dec 2021

To light 200 homes with solar in Dumagat families in Rizal to reach out to those without access to energy.

Tanglaw 4 Every Juan
Jul-Dec 2021 Community
Jun 26, 2021 Side-Event
Dec 2020 – Jul 2021 Community
Jun 7-25, 2021 Side-Event
Sep 2020 – Apr 2021 Side-Event
Jan 30, 2021 Community
Dec 12, 2020 Community
Aug-Dec, 2020 Community
Aug-Dec, 2020 Community
Jul 30, 2020 Side-Event
Dec 1, 2019 Side-Event
Aug 31, 2019 Community
Aug 3, 2019 Side-Event
May 16, 2019 Community
Mar 20, 2019 Organization
Feb 28, 2019 Organization
Dec 1, 2018 Community
Mar 17, 2018 Community
Dec 16-17, 2017 Community
Dec 1, 2017 Organization

The Team

Know who we are

John Mark Napao

President and Founder

Mark graduated BS Electrical Engineering at UPD, Magna Cum Laude. He has 8 yrs+ experience in NGO work. He is also an inspirational speaker.

Lorelisa Ethel Luya

Vice President, Development

Ethel graduated BS and MS Electrical Engineering at UPD. She has done power systems and energy access research for UP Diliman and Ateneo.

John Audie Cabrera

Assistant Vice President, Development

Audie graduated BS Electronics and Communication Engineering and is a graduate teaching fellow at UPD.

Jeremiah Tanquintic

Vice President, Finance

Jamie graduated BS Business Administration and Accountancy at UPD and has worked as accounting supervisor in First Gen.

Hannah Grace Bielza

Assistant Vice President, Finance

Hannah graduated BS Accountacy at Lyceum, Cum Laude. She has worked as auditor in National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

Joseph Quiñones

Vice President, Administration

Joseph graduated BS Information Technology at DMMMSU-MLUC. He has worked as Sales Data Entry Specialist at Oracle NetSuite.

Hazel Rivera

Assistant Vice President, Administration

She graduated Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics at UP Diliman and is currently pursuing her Masters in Statistics.

Mark Brian Maravilla

Vice President, Legal

He has worked with various government agencies such as the Department of Agrarian Reform as well as private firms.

Cristobal Rabino

Assistant Vice President, Legal

Tobey graduated BS Accountancy, Magna Cum Laude at PUP, MS Business Technology Management in UPD and taking law at Arellano.

Gerald Moton

Vice President, Marketing

Gerald graduated BS Travel Management at OLFU. He was an Assistant Artistic Director and Singer of 180 Degrees Music Team.

Lester Corpuz

Assistant Vice President, Marketing

Lester graduated BS Business Administration, HR Development Management at MMSU. He worked as a Recruitment Specialist at Jobaxy PH.

Luis Barrera

Information Technology Lead

He is a Cloud Services Manager by profession working with Tech One Global overall handling SOLAR Hope's IT infrastructure.

Marceli Gonzalez

Web Development Lead

Celi graduated BS Information Technology at AMA. He was the director of Cyphace.org.

Irish Joy Deocampo

Education Lead

Irish graduated BA English Language and Literature/Letters, Cum Laude and taking Masters in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies.

Chris Lloyd Lajara

Engineering Lead

Chris graduated BS Electrical Engineering, Cum Laude at TUP-Taguig and is taking Masters in Power Systems at UPD.

Englebert Teh

Corporate Treasurer

Engle graduated Management Engineering at ADMU. He worked currently as AVP of Business Research and Development in Megaworld Corporation.

Rosanna Napao

Board Adviser

She worked for Shining Star Alternative Learning System (SSALS) for 5 years teaching informal education to out-of-school youth.

Jeremiah Napao

Board Adviser

Jerry graduated BS Electrical Engineering at CIT and Certificate in Teaching Program at PNU. He worked in Meralco for 34 years.

Daniel Fadi Rahayel

Board Adviser

Fadi graduated BS Electrical Engineering and currently taking MS. He worked as Project Lead in Power4All.

Chariecon Labrador

Corporate Relations Lead

Cha graduated BSBA Marketing Management. She worked as Sales Support Admin II in Ingram Micro. She is a Church Kids Teacher.