A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

 
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After solar lamp and solar panel distribution
After solar lamp and solar panel distribution

On July 28 2015, with financial support raised through Global Giving, ECCA distributed Solar powered lamps (along with Solar panel) in Bidhadheshwari Higher Secondary School of Asrang in Lalitpur district as part of relief activities for the victims of April earthquake. Each of 400 households received two lamp units and one solar panel. Initially being scheduled the day before, bad road conditions (arising due to landslide) on the way to Asrang delayed the Solar Tuki distribution by one day. Nevertheless, school students and parents came again the next day to receive Solar Tukis for their homes.

In Asrang village, Lalitpur, around 97% of the houses got damaged in April's earthquake and recovery process is taking time. With most of the electrical infrastructures damaged during the earthquake, the residents of Asrang had been facing problems of lighting during night time. Those who had access to kerosene lamps were in no advantage because of probable health hazards. Educational arena of school children was equally affected. Thus, to improve the living and learning condition of people of Asrang, distribution of solar lamps and panels was prioritized since it has multiple advantages. Solar Tukis provide a stable and environmentally friendly source of lighting to the families in their homes or temporary shelters.

“Some children have to walk for 3 hours to get to the school“, says a teacher. The village school Bidhyadhishwari Higher Secondary School, which is located on the top of a hill, was severely damaged during the earthquake and the destroyed classrooms were replaced by temporary learning center (consisting of bamboo-structured huts with space for about 30 children, but cannot provide the same teaching conditions as a solid building). “On top of this challenging surrounding, the students have to work hard to help the family when they return from school in the afternoon” the teacher informs us. That's why it's even more important to help the students to improve their living and learning conditions.

"Now we can study anytime we want. Most of the time, we are busy helping our parents with chores. But now, not even darkness can deprive us from studying. From now on, I will study even harder", said Sandesh, one of the students.

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in post earthquake recovery activities. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected people.

Globalgiving UK representative distributing
Globalgiving UK representative distributing
ECCA Program Officer distributing solar lamp
ECCA Program Officer distributing solar lamp
Happy after getting solar tuki
Happy after getting solar tuki
A Group Snap receiving Solar System
A Group Snap receiving Solar System

27th July 2015, was a clear and sunny day when our team left ECCA-office for an approx two-hours-ride to a small village located in Chaughare VDC, Lalitpur. In the fond of our car, there were Solar Lighting Systems to be distributed to EQ affected families in need. Additionally, we carried various piles of note books for the students in severely damaged school in the same area. I feel it was a short trip, but the activities with a long-term impact.

Gathering of community members to receive solar light.

Gathering of community members gathered to receive solar light.

Some families were already waiting for us when we arrive at the partly destroyed school yard (Shree Gyanodaya Lower Secondary School, Chaughare) to distribute the Solar Lighting System. The system distributed consisted of 2 bright bulbs along with the mobile charging facility and radio inbuild in the system. This reliable and environmentally friendly source of electricity for their homes. will keep the family members safe during the dark hours of night time and support the family members connected with communications and information.

As we had limited system to support the community members, Mr. Tej Lama (Chairman of School Management Committee) supported us through identifying the highly needy family members in the community. Families with old aged members, disabled members, nursing mothers, and school going children were highly prioritized in the distribution.

99 Yrs oldest lady in the community.

99 Yrs oldest lady in the community.

Amongst them, there’s a 99-year-old lady with her great-granddaughter. She still remembers her earthquake experience of 1933 and shared about her experience during that time. The great-granddaughter also shares her joy with other children and gathers together with her friends who all love dancing.

Distributing Solar System to different abilities family.

Distributing Solar System to different abilities family.

In the scenery of the partly destroyed school yard, the Solar systems stand like a symbol of hope and shows that earthquake recovery and ecology can go together hand in hand. And apart from providing electricity for the basic needs of families, there will be still enough solar power for playing music – so the girls can go on dancing!

It is made possible due to your help and support. Thank you for your help and support. We would also like to thank Mr. Kushal Gurung (CEO) of WindPower Nepal and The Mayor Hotel for supporting the solar system for the families of Earthquake Affected families in Nepal. 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.

Old aged family receiving Solar Light
Old aged family receiving Solar Light
Nursing mother receiving Solar Light
Nursing mother receiving Solar Light
Damaged house
Damaged house

A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th April in Nepal claimed life of above 7,800 people and directly affected above 8 million people. Due to the destruction of houses in rural as well as in urban areas, people are forced to refuge in an open space. There is urgent need to provide basic needs (treated drinking water, food, medicine, tent, etc.).

ECCA has mobilized youth volunteers in the community to provide immediate relief materials. Coordination is also being done with Nepal government, other civil society organizations, NGOs and international agencies.

A separate project has been created in the Global Giving Support Nepal Earthquake Relief

Initially, your donation will help to meet the survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, your support will be used to support longer-term recovery efforts.

Some of the relief activities carried out by ECCA are:

  • ECCA started production of chlorine solution (branded as WATASOL) from the very next day of earthquake. WATASOL production is being done by using all the available WATA devices, as per the technology developed by Antenna Technologies Switzerland. ECCA is distributing WATASOL in bottles of 60ml and 1 liter. WATASOL is tested for quality before distribution. Many volunteers came forward to support in the bottling and packaging of WATASOL. WATASOL has been supplied for use at the hospitals as well.
  • Water filters embedded with silver colloidal treated tulip filter candles have been distributed, which can filter murky water to remove impurities.
  • Self Help kits were distributed that contained helmets, wheel barrows, shovels, ropes and other tools essential to dismantle and manage the damaged houses.
  • Tents were provided to the needed families.
  • Medical camp has been set-up to provide treatment to the injured
  • Food package has been distributed
  • Solar light has been provided

 The relief works are continuing.

Thank you for the support you have been providing. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

We look forward towards getting your continued support, at this time of natural disaster.

Please follow us at   http://eccablogs.wordpress.com/   and  like our facebook page to get updates. We also look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.

Thank you & Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

Chlorine solution distribution
Chlorine solution distribution
Self-help kit
Self-help kit
Tent distribution
Tent distribution
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

Do Support us through Visiting our Facebook page, Twitter, Blog and YouTube Channel, along with our Website.

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