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.
"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;
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).
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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.
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By the end of December 2013, 9 schools located in 3 VDC’s of Morang District were supported with the installation of solar tuki community charging centre. As the schools were located in hilly terrains, the community did not have access to electricity. As a result the low income families in these communities till this day were forced to use kerosene as the only option for light in the evening hours. But, with the installation of these community charging centres in school compound, a total of 1200 students studying in these schools have been directly benefited, who now have access to safe and clean light in evening hours in their home.
Along with the support of establishing community charging centre in schools, 11 representative’s participants from these 9 different schools were trained towards repairing and maintaining the fault solar tuki’s. This two day’s training organized on 16th and 17th January had made them able to undertake the entire repair & maintenance activities required for an effective functioning of solar tuki. Each participant was also supported with a set of equipments required to run the repair & maintenance centre in their school. This will ensure about the continuous operation of solar tuki distributed among the students in the school.
This program is very good for us, because it has supported our children to study in a smoke free and clean environment. Previously, they used to study using kerosene for light in evening time. Some children makes excuses for reading showing health problem from kerosene lamp. Now, I believe that they can study safely with the light of Solar Tuki. And now with this 2 day’s training and equipments, I can also help the education of these children from my school through providing service of repairing the malfunctioning solar tuki’s.
– Mr. Sambhu Rai (Parents-Sarashwati Primary School).
Our primary students are benefiting from the use of solar tuki. And, I want to make sure that they don’t require switching to kerosene lamp any more. Hence, I participated in this 2 days repair and maintenance training and trained myself towards keeping the solar tuki in function all the time. I hope the tools set for repair and maintenance will support the skills that I have learned from this training and keeping my children out of kerosene lamp.
– Mr. Tej Nath Timilsina (Principal-Durga Primary School, Jante)
THANK YOU for your support and believing in US. YOUR Help and Support is Invaluable to US in our WORK. Because of Your help and support, we have been able to make difference in the life of needy families. We look forward towards the same support in coming days ahead. Please share our stories within your circle of friends and family to help us bring changes in the rural communities of Nepal.
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Senior Program Officer
Established in 1956, Shree Sagma Secondary School, located at Bhogteni – 6, VDC is also one of the oldest school among 12 schools located in Bhogteni VDC of Morang District. Located in northern hilly rural region of the district, it provides secondary level education for above 250 students of the community. Students walk a minimum of 15 min to 2 hrs to reach the school for their education. Only connected with rural road network with sparse existence of public transportation facilities during dry season only, the community needs to walk for nearly 6 hrs to reach the nearest marketplace for purchasing their daily required commodities.
Lack of electricity access in this community has forced students to use kerosene as an only option during evening hours to study. Purchase of kerosene is also very rare for the members of this community due to low economic condition of families. Hence, students have hard time studying during evening hours. Some families had installed solar home system in their houses for lighting facilities. But, the poor income families do not have income enough to purchase and install the solar home system in their homes, forcing them to use kerosene lamp as an only alternative for lighting during evening hours.
Recently, through the support of Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Kathmandu, we have been able to support the installation Community Charging Centre in the School and support 100 set of solar tuki to the students. After the distribution of solar tuki for the students in this school, we made a monitoring field visit in the community. Here are some of the glimpses from that field visit which I would like to share with you.
The smile in the face of children and families after using solar tuki encouraged me to continue my work in this field and support the needy families of rural areas in order to support their education of students and children.
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