Solar Lamps for 2600 Students in Sundarbans, India

 
$53,136 $11,864
Raised Remaining

Dear Donors,

300 deserving students will receive solar lamps on 16 and 17 March 2013!! In addition they will be inducted into the Green Rhinos Program to create youth nature leaders http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/create-10-000-youth-nature-leaders-in-india/  .

An exciting opportunity for receiving matching funds from GlobalGiving comes our way on March 13, 2013 when all donations made on that day will be matched at 30%!! A great way to get more lamps to needy students!

There is $50,000 available in matching and there is a $1,000 bonus award for the most individual donors and another for the most money raised.

Matching begins at 9 am EST and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 pm. 

For India, matching will start at 6.30 pm on March 13 and end at 5.29 pm on March 14, 2013.

Do consider donating, and telling your friends, family and colleagues.

Thank you for your continued support to the students of the Sundarbans.

In gratitude,

Diti

 

 


A solar light in a hostel room
A solar light in a hostel room

Dear Donors, 

We have some good news to give you to herald 2013!!

Devipur Karunamayee Girl’s High School is one of the main girls’ schools in the Sundarbans, situated in a remote village with no electricity. It is a government sponsored school with more than 800 students. On 19 November 2012, the girls' hostel, where 40 girls live and study, was  lit up with 18 solar lights!   The solar lights are CFL ones of 17 watts each with 3 high powered batteries and 3 panels. The students who live in the hostel are the between 10 to 15 years of age. This lights will not only help them to study but also help in their routine activities.

Bravo to you, our donors, for lighting up the lives of these young girls!! The students in the Sundarbans look forward to your continuing support.

Have a wonderful New Year!

With warm regards,

Diti Mookherjee

The school hostel with the solar panels
The school hostel with the solar panels
Students of Debipur Karunamoyee Balika Vidyapith
Students of Debipur Karunamoyee Balika Vidyapith

Dear Donor,

We are excited to let you know that the hostel of the Debipur Karunamoyee Balika Vidyapith , the only girls' school in Maipith area in the Sundarbans, will be provided with at least 15 solar lights from three 74 watt solar panels. The girls' of the hostel come from underprivileged tribal and scheduled caste families. There are only 4 working solar lights for 40 girls (of which we had given 2 lights) and it is very difficult for them to study in the evening with kerosene lamps. The teachers of the school repeatedly requested ASED to help to light the hostel. After personally visiting the hostel with the ASED team, we have taken the decision to provide the lights. These will be installed on November 17, 2012.

We will also be providing individual lamps to poor, meritorious students in the new year.

During the Festival of Lights (Diwali), we encourage you, your family and friends, to donate a solar lamp to a deserving child in the Sundarbans!

Many thanks for your continued support,

With warm regards,

Diti

Dear Donor,

Our project to provide poor, meritorious students with solar lamps is going well! We thank you for partnering with us.

Till now, 450 students have received individual solar lamps and more than 400 students are benefiting from the 7 sets of twin solar tube lights provided for school hostels and coaching centers. With the funds raised since then we will be providing more individual solar lamps as well as twin solar tube lights later this year.

The project has been very well received by the students, the teachers of the schools, the parents of the students and the community. The demand for the lights is ever increasing!

It is fulfilling to work with this project, which is helping to change the lives of many children and youth in the Sundarbans.

Thank you once again for your support.

Sincerely,

Diti Mookherjee

Hasina Khatun using her new solar lamp
Hasina Khatun using her new solar lamp

Dear Donor,

We are very happy to let you know that on 27 and 28 April 2012, 300 poor, meritorious students received solar lamps. There was much excitement and joy among the students, their teachers, parents and the community at the handing over ceremonies which were held in the two remote islands of Maipith and K-Plot in the Sundarbans. The students, from Grades Seven to Twelve were from eight local schools on the two islands.  

Hasina Khatun, a recipient of a solar lamp from K-plot Island said, “I am happy to receive the solar lamp. Earlier I would have a lot of trouble studying by kerosene lamp. The smoke would get into my nose and mouth. I hope other students will also have this privilege."

The students who received the solar lamps were initiated into the Green Rhinos Program, an exciting new initiative of ASED which aims to create 10,000 youth nature leaders by 2013.  To know more visit http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/create-10-000-youth-nature-leaders-in-india/.

We sincerely thank you for being a partner in this endeavor which is greatly benefitting students in a remote and fragile ecosystem!

With warm regards,

Diti Mookherjee

Donor, Rachel Ann Garibsingh handing over a lamp
Donor, Rachel Ann Garibsingh handing over a lamp
Kelsey Torchia, from Minnesota, at the ceremony
Kelsey Torchia, from Minnesota, at the ceremony
Students with their solar lamps
Students with their solar lamps

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Diti Mookherjee

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Kolkata, West Bengal India

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