Millions of light bulbs replaced in Latin America

Campaign News | Monday, 16 June 2008

Millions of Light Bulbs Replaced in Latin Am with Cuban Aid

Cuban social workers have replaced more than 7 million incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs in different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, reported Juventud rebelde newspaper.

The more than 800 Cuban young people who participated of a Cuban program aimed at improving the capacity to save energy in countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, replaced 7 million incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs between 2006 and 2008.

Their efforts were praised by Enrique Gomez Cabeza, head of the Social Worker’s Program at a ceremony held to celebrate the accomplishment of the assignments linked to the Energy Revolution program.

Yunier Cardenas, one of the young social workers who operated in Guyana, said that their mission was not only spreading Cuba’s energy and oil saving initiatives, but also taking a message of support and respect to these sister nations.

In addition to Guyana, this group of young people, along with 38 leaders of the Young Communist League (UJC), 13 electrical engineers and ten teachers, worked in Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Granada, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Santa Lucia and Surinam.

“We would work until sunset because we had to make the most of our time. Sometimes we even changed 300 light bulbs in a single day,” said Alexis Acosta, one of the young workers sent to Antigua and Barbuda.

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