Woman’s Solight lanterns bring light to Ukrainian children who face constant power cuts from Russian attacks
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UKRAINE — A woman has taken it upon herself to literally bring the gift of light to Ukraine while Russia targets its attacks on the power grid, forcing constant blackouts.
It has been 10 dark months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, culminating in 10 months of needless war, countless deaths and widespread destruction that have taken their toll on Ukraine’s power grid.
“I knew I had to bring the light to the children,” said Alice Min Soo Chun.
Chun now travels around Ukraine to deliver her solar powered lamps to those in need.
“Now you have the power of your sun in your hands,” she said. “If you keep fighting with this light in your heart and imagination, there is nothing you cannot do and it is the greatest weapon against injustice.”
Chun’s Solight Lanterns have two major supporters in Disney CEO Bob Iger and his wife Willow Bay, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC.
They saw their work on Gutsy, a show on Apple TV+ in which Hillary and Chelsea Clinton showcase some of the bravest women in the world.
In a Kyiv suburb where power outages are commonplace, Chun visited 10-year-old Ruth and her sister, both aspiring musicians.
They plan to use the lights when they don’t have electricity.
On the show Gusty, Chun named Bob Iger the person she most admires, what the children of Ukraine may be saying about her now.
“These kids have been through so much more than anyone would ever wish for a child,” Chun said. “These kids are the most innocent. And they’re in a war and they haven’t done anything wrong.”
She said it was important to her that she could come here and tell the kids they weren’t forgotten.
“The world still cares about them and there is hope for peace and victory for Ukraine,” Chun said.
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