Dear Kind Supporter,
We are overjoyed to let you know that in the eve of the New Year 100 girl students will receive solar lamps. A few days into the New Year, 100 more girl students will receive solar lamps.
The students will be from local schools in the Kultali community development block, one of the six most backward blocks in the Sundarbans.
Till now 1400 individual students in the Sundarbans have received solar lamps. This gift of light has changed their lives forever!
In this festive season we look forward to your continued support in changing the lives of many more young people.
With the warmest wishes for a peaceful and happy New Year!
We are very pleased to let you know that 100 students on the remote L-Plot island in the Sundarbans received solar lamps on 8 August 2014. They were handed over the lamps at a ceremony organized in the local high school in the presence of the school headmaster, teachers and other dignitaries from the community. The students were shown how to use the lamps and were requested to contact the Project staff in case they faced in problem during use.
The students were inducted into the Green Rhinos Program to create youth nature leaders and viewed an audio visual presentation on the “Nature of Sundarbans”. The threats facing the Sundarbans and how students can protect the Sundarbans was discussed.
The Solar Lamps Project has now benefitted 1400 individual students in the Sundarbans.
Geetika studies in Grade 4 and lives in the remote village of Binodpur. Her parents are daily wage earners. She says, “Earlier kerosene lamps were our only source of light in the evening. But one solar lamp has changed our lives! I am able to do my lessons till late at night and my parents can use the lamp for household work, when I am not studying.”
Geetika adds, “My friends were asking if they could also receive solar lamps …they are using kerosene lamps for studying at present.”
There are many more students in the Sundarbans who need solar lamps. One lamp changes many lives! You are part of this change and we look forward to your continued support.
Through your generosity 1700 students in the Sundarbans have received the opportunity to better their lives. One solar lamp helps a student further her/ his academic studies and saves at least 18 liters of kerosene a year resulting in 2% saving in annual family expenditure. It results in reduction in carbon emissions benefiting the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, a World Heritage site.
Many more students are yet to be reached.
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This month another 100 deserving students will receive solar lamps! We are in the process of identifying these students from schools on two of the remotest islands in the project area. Teams of students who have received solar lamps and subsequently the Green Rhinos youth nature leadership training are conducting nature conservation activities in their villages.
“A solar lamp changed my life! I secured high marks in my board examinations and received a scholarship of $420 from the State Education Department”, says Shampa Sahoo excitedly. She lives in the remote Binodpur village in the Sunderbans where the Solar Lamps Project is being conducted. With a solar lamp she is able to study for long hours by a steady light. Before receiving the solar lamp she would be able to study for a limited time as kerosene is expensive to buy for her family. The quality of light was poor and her eyes would burn.
More than 1700 young people have bettered their lives with your support. Help us to reach out to many, many more needy and deserving students. As part of the team do spread the word about the project.
June 25, 2014 is a Bonus Day when all donations will be matched 100%!! Mark your calendar!
We are pleased to inform you that since the inception of the Solar Lamps Project in 2011, we have provided 1300 solar lamps to individual students, provided solar lighting for a girls' school hostel with 40 students and sets of twin solar lights to 8 government high school hostels and a coaching centre benefitting over 400 students. Since April 2012, we are inducting the students who are receiving the solar lamps into the Green Rhinos Program, a transformational youth nature leadership program.
It is amazing to see how a single solar lamp has transformed the lives of the young people who receive it. They are now able to study for much longer hours by a source of light that is steady and powerful. Their families who are already very poor do not need to incur any recurring cost for providing them this light. Carbon emissions are also being reduced as kerosene is not being used. This is benefitting the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans.
All this has been possible because we are working together as a team. These young people know that they have friends from all over the world and this is a source of inspiration and reassurance for them.
We look forward to your continued support.
With warm regards,
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