A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness


A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April 2015 and 7.3 magnitude on 12 May claimed life of around 9,000 people in Nepal and directly affected above 8 million people. Due to the destruction of houses, people were forced to refuge in open space and many lost most of their belongings. At many places, electricity distribution infrastructure has also been damaged and people are using kerosene lamp. This project aims to provide solar powered lamp.
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In Nepal, those without access to electricity generally rely on kerosene wick lamps (in 2.4 million households). This form of lighting is neither cost-effective nor environment-friendly. Fumes from the kerosene lamps affect the eyes and lungs and contribute to global warming due to release of greenhouse gas. The quality of light is inferior and there is a high risk of accidental fire. Additionally since kerosene has to be imported, government has to spend its limited foreign currency.


1) Give orientation to village youths & school students on renewable energy, 2) Train on repair & maintenance, 3) Distribute solar lamp, 4) Install charging system

Long-Term Impact

Improvement in quality of life, health (especially of children and women), and studying conditions; increase in evening economic activity; reduction in fire hazards, environmental pollution, global warming, and dependency on imported kerosene.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.ecca.org.np
Project Leader:
Prachet Kumar Shrestha
Team Leader
Kathmandu, Bagmati Nepal
$19,695 raised of $50,000 goal
463 donations
$30,305 to go
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