Solar Lamps for 2600 Students in Sundarbans, India

 
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Dear Kind Supporter,

 We are pleased to let you know that 200 girl students received solar lamps in December 2014 and January 2015 bringing the total number of individual students who have received solar lamps to 1600.

This year 800 more students in the Sundarbans will receive solar lamps. It is quite amazing how a gift of one lamp can bring so many benefits. It helps to advance a student's studies while saving his/her family the money they would otherwise require to purchase kerosene for lighting. The other siblings of the student benefit when they share the light for their studies. The mother can use the lamp for cooking after the student is done with studies. These are all students from poor and ultra poor families who otherwise would not be able to afford to purchase a solar lamp.

The need in the area is still enormous with over 3000 students requiring solar lamps. Microsoft Youthsparks Bonus Day starts tomorrow at 9 am EDT. Do take this opportunity to continue your support for the needy students of the Sundarbans!

In gratitude,

Diti

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!

Sincerely,

Diti

Geetika studying by the light of the solar lamp
Geetika studying by the light of the solar lamp

Dear Kind Supporter,


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.

 

Thank you,

 

Diti

Genna, from Seattle USA, distributes a lamp
Genna, from Seattle USA, distributes a lamp
Kushal, Project Resource Person distributes a lamp
Kushal, Project Resource Person distributes a lamp
The Solar Lamps distribution ceremony
The Solar Lamps distribution ceremony

Dear Kind Supporter,

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.

TODAY is Bonus Day. All donations to this project will be matched by 100% by Microsoft!

Bonus Day starts at 12 pm (noon) EDT/ 9.30 pm Indian Standard Time. Funds run out very fast so do hurry if you wish to make a donation!

Thank you.

Diti

Shampa Sahoo, who received a state scholarship
Shampa Sahoo, who received a state scholarship

Dear Kind Supporter,

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!

With gratitude,

Diti

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Diti Mookherjee

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Kolkata, West Bengal India

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