Solar Lamps for 2600 Students in Sundarbans, India

 
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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

 

Dear Donors,

We are getting ready to hand over 300 solar lamps to students in the Sundarbans very soon!

On 27 and 28 April 2012, 300 students from local schools in the Sundarbans will receive solar lamps. Handing over ceremonies will be held at two locations. The students who will receive the lamps will also be encouraged to join the youth nature leadership program that ASED runs called the Green Rhinos Program. Towards this goal at the lamp handing over ceremony, the students will receive an orientation on the natural treasures the Sundarbans harbor, the threats faced by this fragile ecosystem and how they could play their part in protecting this ecosystem.


Here is a project video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuHGYyFz6UA&feature=youtu.be

Watch out for our next report!!

 

Many thanks,

Diti Mookherjee

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Diti Mookherjee

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Kolkata, West Bengal India

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