A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

 
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Students Expressing their Gratitude.
Students Expressing their Gratitude.

“I felt a lot of difference in our living condition without light and with light, especially during evening hours and dark night. Our economy is based in barter system of commodities that we have, due to which we do not have enough money to purchase and install light in our houses. Hence, all the houses in our community do not have light. But, now after using Solar Tuki, it really changed our life and way of living in our community. I also feel good that our children also regularly do their homework in evening hours and their study is in progress.” – Ms. Kamala (farmer & housewife of Syamrang village, Chitwan).

Chepang community, living in Symarang and Sarling village of Chitwan District, are among deprived community from development. They have very low level of education and requires various activities to empower and educate them. People in this community, still today do not have any source of clean lighting option during evening hours. Hence, ECCA in coordination with Unica Foundation, distributed 55 and 85 sets of solar tuki in Sarling and Symarang village. Along with the distribution of Solar Tuki, repair and maintenance; children training camp; youth training camp were also organized to aware the community and make themselves trained to maintain solar lights.

Balpa (student) shared that because of solar lights, it is so easy to read and complete homework at night also. Before he and his friends used to get scolded by their teachers as they were not being able to complete their home work.

The principal of Dhrungbang Primary School shared his words towards us is before it is always a huge problem to take a sick person to hospital at night because of light but now the role can played by the provided solar lights. The solar tuki maintenance training helps them to solve if any problems occur in solar lights.

Solar Tuki is bringing change in lifestyle of Chepang community. It is made possible due to your help and support. Thank you for your help and support. Please share the news in your network so that together we can bring greater impact in our community. Do support us through visiting our Facebook Page, Twitter, Blog and Youtube Channel along with our website.

Thanks & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Orienting on using solar tuki before distribution
Orienting on using solar tuki before distribution
Ms. Kamala Sharing her experience.
Ms. Kamala Sharing her experience.
Chepang Student under solar tuki light
Chepang Student under solar tuki light

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Studying for Bright Future.
Studying for Bright Future.

The Year 2014 had been an incredibly successful for us in bringing HOPE & SMILE in the faces of Children & Students – The Future Youth of Nepal. Hats Off to you all for your invaluable contribution in our initiation. A Big Big Hug to you all for all of your support that helped us bring changes in a part of our community.

It is believed that pictures speaks thousands word of expression. We have tried to put all the pictures in the form of movie of 2 minutes and 57 seconds, Just for YOU, To share the STORY as an expression of our Gratitude. Without your SUPPORT we would not have been able to make a difference.

Wishing YOU a belated Happy, Wonderful and Successful New Year 2015, I would like to present the movie on:

The story of LIGHT FOR ALL in Glauthok VDC, Chitwan District, Nepal.

We are committed to bring changes in the lives of people and WE Wish, together with YOU and US, IN 2015, WE will BRING more & more New SMILEY FACES in our Community.

Thank you!

Angel Chitrakar

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School girls with
School girls with 'tuki' on their way.

Technological advances has the human race reaching new heights. There’s nothing that we don’t know of. Developments in the sector of technology, banking, fashion and ideas are changing the way we live. We want it all, and we want it more. Like our developments, there is no limit to what we want.

Far away from all of this in the Glauthok and Wakran villages in Chitwan where road, electricity and health posts haven’t yet found its way, residents are living an almost nomadic life. Comparatively. Small traditional houses, maximum of two stories, minuscule windows that barely let the light pass in the room, and an attached animal shed. Here, animals are as important as your meals as they are the only source of income of some families. When ECCA went there for its ‘Light For All’ Campaign, staffs were appalled at the situation. No one had attempted to spare a glance outside the window into the infinite opportunities.

One of the main enemies of development is illiteracy. To fight this problem, government has established a fair number of schools in the area. Its accessibility is another story, but students venture to walk even a couple of hours to go to their schools and be educated. By the end of the day, the students would be exhausted and for the effort they put, no good result is harvested. There is no light at night to study with. Parents, too, hesitate sending an extra pair of hands to two-hour worth of exhausting walk away to get education that will not be useful. So what could’ve been done?

The objective of distributing solar ‘tuki’ in this area was not to bring drastic changes. This was to merely fuel the fire that the residents had in them. As per the strategy, students were given a solar ‘tuki’, stationing the mass charging device in the school. So students, obliged by the ‘tuki’ and their studies, would attend the school. This is not the first place this idea was implemented. But the results were heartwarming. Then, tattered clothes and lack of facilities barely mattered. Light a match, light the kindle – the residents of this forlorn place only needed someone to tell them that they can do it. It’s only a matter of time, before they will accomplish what had seemed impossible.

Your support means a lot to these people. Wakran and Glauthok aren’t the first place where our project has brought hope to, neither will it be the last. And please, let us not stop here. We express our sincere gratitude for your help and look forward to your suggestions regarding our works. For more updates, visit our Facebook page, Twitter, Blog and YouTube Channel, along with our Website.

Thank you!

A woman with
A woman with 'tukis'.
A boy charges his
A boy charges his 'tuki' at his school.
A Happy & Satisfied Family with Solar Tuki
A Happy & Satisfied Family with Solar Tuki

"Our house is located at a minimum of 5 hrs walking distance from the nearest road head. We relied on kerosene lamp in the evening hrs for light. Basic living facilities like electricity access, clean water access, proper education, health facilities are a Big Dream for the families like US. But, after getting a set of SOLAR TUKI from ECCA in the month of March, we are now living in Our Dream of having Safe & Clean Light. We now have;

  • A Smoke FREE Evening Environment for Studying our Children
  • CLEAN & BRIGHT Light than Kerosene Lamp
  • FIRE Hazard SAFETY Assured
  • EASY Mobility during Night hours from place to place
  • MONEY & TIME SAVED from purchasing Kerosene

Thank you very much for Granting US to Live in the DREAM day's for our Family."

-Mr. Min Kumar (Family Head), Galauthok, Korak VDC, Chitwan.

This is a story that our staff Mr. Bipin Shrestha received from his recent field visit to Glauthok village of Korak VDC, Chitwan District. While interviewing children and the family members, Bipin felt honoured to be a part of this program as he could directly feel the impact of our activities. The families expressed a lot of gratitude towards all the donors and supporters for helping them to live in a part of their dream.

THANK YOU very much for your support in our project and our community. We believe that TOGETHER with YOUR Support we can bring smiles in more and more families of the rural communities of Nepal. As an opportunity to increase funding in our project, we can effectively utilize the Global Giving Bonus day On 16th JULY 2014. On this day, Global Giving is giving away US $ 130,000 to all its project partners. Hence, as our partnership status stand in SUPERSTAR Level, we are eligible to receive 50% bonus as  matching fund in all the donations received from 9:00 AM onwards till US $ 130,000 fund remains. Hence, We would like to request you to share and inform your friends and family to donate in our project on the BONUS DAY (July 16).

We look forward towards your continued help and support in coming days ahead. Also please visit our FACEBOOK, TWITTER and BLOG to receive updates in our activities.

Thanks & Regards,

Enlightening future through Solar Tuki
Enlightening future through Solar Tuki
A Smoke Free Environment for Study
A Smoke Free Environment for Study
Smiley Snap after the Discussion with Children
Smiley Snap after the Discussion with Children
getting to know solar tuki
getting to know solar tuki

In the past month, solar tuki multiple charger (one charger having 25 solar PV panel + one charger having 20 solar PV panel = total 45 solar PV panels, capable of charging 90 solar tuki lamps at one time) was placed in Rastriya Primary School, Glauthok village in Chitwan district, South Central Nepal. Total 90 pcs. solar tuki lamp were provided (42 households x 2 pcs. per household = 84 pcs. plus 6 pcs. for school use).

It was significant also because most of the families residing in the village are Chepang (nomads). They are a highly marginalized indigenous ethnic minority group. They are dependent on Diyalo (wooden strip of pine trees) for lighting their homes. They often make a big open fire which is contributing for light as well, thereby contributing towards excessive use of firewood and deforestation. They cannot afford to buy kerosene for lighting the kerosene wicked lamp (known as tuki in Nepali language).

The main income source of the people is agriculture but due to insufficient water to irrigate their field, the agriculture produce is hardly enough for 6 months. Rest of the year, people go for labor in nearby towns and go in the jungle to find tuber, root, bulb to feed the family.

Most of the village housewives are now happy from the use of solar tuki because of ease of life, no need to collect Diyalo, convenient to prepare evening meals, health benefit and brighter light. Mr. Buddhi Lal Chepang, a teacher in the Rastriya Primary School, expressed happiness in providing the solar tuki lamp. Now, the students need not fear about the fire hazard and the black soot particulates (emitted by Diyalo, which causes various health problems like eye irritation, cough, etc.) and the students can now study better.

For long-term operation of the solar tuki, locals were provided repair and maintenance training as well as the required tool sets.

I would like to thank all for your support. Because of your help and support, we have been able to make a difference. We hope for the same type of support in the coming days.

Please like our facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

Thank you & Regards,

multiple charger
multiple charger
solar tuki distribution
solar tuki distribution
solar tuki along with charger-group
solar tuki along with charger-group
orientation on solar energy
orientation on solar energy
orientation on solar tuki
orientation on solar tuki

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Prachet Kumar Shrestha

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Kathmandu, Bagmati Nepal

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