A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

 
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Sagma Secondary School, Bhogtani VDC, Morang
Sagma Secondary School, Bhogtani VDC, Morang

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.

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.

Also, please like our facebook page for updates regarding our activities and twitter to receive our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

Thank you & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Senior Program Officer

ECCA

Children With Kerosene Lamp in Evening Hrs.
Children With Kerosene Lamp in Evening Hrs.
Family using Solar tuki for Economic Activitiy
Family using Solar tuki for Economic Activitiy
Family Head with Solar Tuki
Family Head with Solar Tuki
Student using solar tuki for study
Student using solar tuki for study
Taking SolarTuki to School for Education and Charg
Taking SolarTuki to School for Education and Charg
Taking SolarTuki to School for Education & Charge
Taking SolarTuki to School for Education & Charge
Community Charging Center Established in School
Community Charging Center Established in School
Charging Solar Tuki in School
Charging Solar Tuki in School
Enlightened through the power of Solar Light
Enlightened through the power of Solar Light

In the project update submitted for the month of February, we reported about the situation faced by 52 children residing in an orphanage home Rejoice and Salvation in Trinity Service (Apologize for the mistaken name in earlier reporting) regarding the situation of power outage and use of candles for their study hours in evening after school. Hence, we initiated towards installing a solar LED lighting system in the orphanage to ease the children's study and support the education of the children. The above picture is from a room shared by a group of children – Mika, Laxmi and Abnigail.

After the installation of light, the students now do not need to use candles as an option for light during evening hours for their study. Mika told us that "My eyes used to hurt a lot when I used to study in the light of candles. Now, there is a lot of relief for me. My eyes feels relief during studying under solar light. In fact we don't feel that there is electricity power outage or loadshedding. Its not only me, all the children in the orphanage feels the same." Similarly, Abnigail told us that she along with her other colleagues' used to get scared to go to restroom during evening and night time due to power outage as it used to be very dark outside. But, now due to the installation of solar light system, children feel free to use the facilities without scaring.

I felt very happy when I listened to the feelings and feedback of the children in the orphanage. The smile in the face of children encouraged a lot to me to work more in this field and support the needy children and students in order to support their education.

I would like to thank all for your support and believing in us to bring the change in the life of people in our community. Because of Your help and support, we have been able to make difference. We hope for the same type of support and coordination in coming days ahead.

FYI, GlobalGiving is organizing September fundraising challenge. The organization capable of raising most funds in the month of September will be awarded. Hence, we would like to request you for your support through spreading out the message of September fundraising Campaign and help us achieve our target and goal to support our community.

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,

Angel Chitrakar

Senior Program Officer

ECCA

Milan showing his house in Warangi VDC.
Milan showing his house in Warangi VDC.

I feel privileged to post this updates directly through the experience from my fresh field visit of eastern hilly region of Nepal. My current field visit included a visit in a school (Shree Laxmi Secondary School) located at Warangi VDC of Morang District. It took me 8 hrs of continuous walk from the nearby road accessible area to reach in the school. Due to the harsh hilly terrains, this place is yet to be electrified. The people in the village till this day are relying in the traditional kerosene lamp for the lights during evening hours to pursue their daily activities.

During my visit to this school, I interacted with teachers, students and parents about the options they have for light during evening hours. Few of them answered – Solar Home System, but, most of the peoples answers were same – “Kerosene Lamp”. Among the people who are using kerosene lamp, one of the student “Milan” (15 yrs of age and studying at grade 10) took me to his house and showed his kerosene lamp as a form of only lighting source, which he uses during his regular study hours in evening and night time during his exams. He shared about the struggle and sufferings that he is into while using kerosene lamp for studying late evenings. Due to poor economic condition of his family, they couldn’t afford bigger solar home system as a source for clean lighting in their house.

37 students like Milan in grade 10 and a total of 335 students in Shree Laxmi Secondary School have the same story. Hence, we have decided to install a community charging center in the school and facilitate the students with a piece of solar tuki to take them in their home in the evening hours, so that the sufferings of those students studying under the light of Kerosene lamp could be minimized. It will improve their educational condition and health as they will have access to clean form of lighting source and healthy environment to breathe in.

We would like to thank you for all your support and believing and supporting us in our campaign. Because of You, we have been able to bring changes in the life of students in rural Nepal towards their better lives and education. Furthermore, we would like to request you all to share the information of our project and request your friends and families to donate on 12th June 13 (Wednesday). This particular day is very important for us because, GlobalGiving has announced this day as GG Bonus Day. Hence, of the total donation received in all the projects from 9:00 AM on this day, 40% of additional amount will be matched by GG until it’s US $90,000 budget is completed. Hence, your support through spreading out the message of bonus day will help us achieve our target very soon through securing additional funds.

We hope for the same type of support in the days to come ahead. 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,

Angel Chitrakar

Milan, with his kerosene light used for study.
Milan, with his kerosene light used for study.
Milan taking care of Goat as an income of family
Milan taking care of Goat as an income of family
Students in Orphanage
Students in Orphanage

Remember your childhood days for a moment when you were studying in school. Your daily life would be waking up early in the morning, getting ready for school, spending whole day in school with friends and teachers, learning new things, returning home, playing for some time with friends, completing home-works from school for next day and going to bed. And when you have exams your parent guides you to spend less time in playing and focuses to spend more of your times in studying so that you could get good scores and grades. Now imagine, its an evening time. You are studying very hard sitting in your study table, preparing for attending final exams of your grade. You have all the supports that you need from your parents. Your table lamp is ON and you are in deep concentration in your study. Suddenly, your table lamp goes OFF . . . . . . . . . . and you are in the lap of complete darkness. You can’t see your notebooks and books placed in your table. You can’t even see anything around you due to the darkness. You don’t have any control over the situation where you are. How would you FEEL and react at that moment? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

It’s an exact situation for 52 orphans staying in Rejoice Trinity and Salvation, an orphanage home located in sub urban area of Lalitpur District. Every day during evening hours, when they are studying and doing their home works, power goes out due to load-shedding and these students are forced to use candles. Candles are the only source of light during that time otherwise, they are in the lap of complete darkness at the middle of their study. As there are small children in the orphanage home, using candles are very risky for them as fire could easily spread in the whole building if mishandled. Small children could easily burn their note books and books while studying in the candle light. Incident of burning eyelashes and hands by the small children had already been observed. Hence, the only option to save from these type of accidental incident to occur in future is to install a proper and safe light so that the students don’t need to depend on the electricity and candles for lighting option.

Hence, to support the education of the students of orphanage, a solar lighting system enough to provide power backup during the power cuts so as to light the rooms are supported. The installation of the system is in progress. This will ease the study of the students and help them to shape up their future towards the vision they had made.

ECCA on behalf of the students from orphanage would like to thank you all for your invaluable support which is definitely going to make an impact towards brighter and better future of the students.

Thank you very much and we anticipate the same in coming days ahead. Please feel free to send us your suggestions and feedback regarding our works in ecca@mos.com.np or angel@ecca.org.np.

Students studying under candle light
Students studying under candle light
Students studying under candle light
Students studying under candle light
The reason for smile in face of children.
The reason for smile in face of children.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we - ECCA Family would like to express our sincere gratitude towards all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support and contribution towards our initiation in serving the needy students and the community in Nepal.

Thank you for spreading A Joy of Light in the Life of needy people in rural areas, and helping them to create a reason of smile in their life. A smile in the face of needy is what matters the most and have the strength to change the world. Without your support we would not have been able to bring smile in the faces.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for being the reason for change.

We look forward towards your continued support in the days ahead and request for your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our programs more effectively.

Sincerely,

Angel Chitrakar

Sr. Program Officer

ECCA

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Prachet Kumar Shrestha

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Kathmandu, Bagmati Nepal

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