A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal
A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

Seasonal Greetings to all from Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA), Nepal.

I would like to initiate this report with an acknowledgment to all our donors, supporters and well-wishers of our program – “A Clean Solar Alternative To Kerosene Lamps”.

In this quarter, we have continued our work in the sector of research and development sector for the production of new lights and designs, which will provide brighter and better lights. At the same time, we also focused in the promotion of solar tuki and the solar lights in the rural areas to reduce the use of kerosene lamp through cooperation with different local organization as per demand and request. Currently, promotion of solar lights in Kavre District through mobilizing local youths and their cooperatives are ongoing activities.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all donors for your continuous support in our initiation of eradicating kerosene lamp from the rural regions of Nepal.  We would also like to request you to send us your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our project at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our programs more effectively.

Regards.

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5 Watt Solar System with 2 Watt Light
5 Watt Solar System with 2 Watt Light

With the increasing demand of more light and the emphasis made on research and development works towards developing locally and easily assembled LED lights, 1 Watt and 2 Watt LED Lights were produced. These lights currently are in the production phase at the local level by youth group. By the end of January 2011, the lights had been packaged in different system of 5 Watt and 10 Watt Solar System and are now in the promotion phase. Photographs of the systems are attached for the reference.

With the reference of the successful implementation of Solar Tuki Mass charging unit installed in the school of kaleshwor VDC of Lalitpur District and Kantipur Village of Chitwan District, request from the communities and schools from far western regions of Nepal had been received. But, due to lack of enough support, the speed for the installation of mass charging center at different places could not be increases as per the receipt of the requests. Coordination with other organization for the installation of community charging at the needy area is under progress at the local level.

We would like to express our appreciation towards all the donors and GlobalGiving team who had contributed in this project. We would also like to request all our donors and our well wishers to convey the information of our project in your circle for supporting the program. We seek your continuous support and encouragement for the promotion and anticipate cooperation’s in future as well.

5 Watt Solar System with 1 Watt LED Light
5 Watt Solar System with 1 Watt LED Light
10 Watt Solar System with 1 W and 2 W LED Lights
10 Watt Solar System with 1 W and 2 W LED Lights
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Locally Assembled 1 W LED Light
Locally Assembled 1 W LED Light

The following activities had been achieved till the end of October 2010:

• Discussion and meetings with Executive Committee members were done during this period. The discussions were mainly focused for the development of new strategy for the promotion of solar tuki in new locations.

• Emphasis on research & development to increase the efficiency of solar tuki as well as development of new products was also initiated during this period as per the suggestions from the local people and community. During this period, new products with brighter light efficiency were also developed and 2 youth were trained and engaged in the development of the product.

We would like to express our gratitude towards all the donor community and the GlobalGiving team for your continuous supports and encouragement for the promotion of this program. We anticipate for the same kind of support in future as well.

Locally Assembled 2 Watt LED Light
Locally Assembled 2 Watt LED Light
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Community Charging Center
Community Charging Center

The following activities had been achieved till the end of July 2010:

• Establishment & Support for Community Charging Center, Chitwan: A Community Charging center has been established at the kantipur village of Chitwan District. Near about 50 household without connection of national grid electricity are benefited through the establishment of the center. Two persons from the village were trained as well as equipped with the necessary equipments for operating the community charging center in the village. The graph of Gross Happiness Index of the village people seems to be in increasing trend.

• Technical Training for Youths On the job trainings were provided for 5 youths of different areas of Nepal. After skilled with the assembling of solar tuki, they were also equipped through a set of tools to provide repair and maintenance service in their village respectively.

• Coordination with Government Authorities and different NGO’s: One week Solar Light Assembling Training has been organized for women representatives from different women’s group. The training was coordinated with Lalitpur Sub-Metropolitan City Office. The main objectives of the training were to develop skilled workers to manufacture solar tuki and solar lights for the promotion in urban areas as well as in rural areas. Similarly, 3 days technical training for different women groups of Butwal in coordination with WATCH had been organized. The youth trainee from ECCA had provided the training for the womens from different local groups. For the promotion of solar tuki in high hills, coordination with LACCOS (NGO formed by the active local youths) has been ongoing.

Thanks to all the donors who has been contributing for the promotion and successful implementation of our programs. Thanks for all your effort in enabling us to reach in the rural areas where there is a real need of support to change in their livelihoods.

Assembling Training for Womens
Assembling Training for Womens
Students using solar tuki for their study
Students using solar tuki for their study
Use of Solar tuki during preparing evening meal
Use of Solar tuki during preparing evening meal
Smile created by Solar Tuki in Womens
Smile created by Solar Tuki in Womens

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Judge for yourself
Judge for yourself

Bill Brower is a Field Program Officer with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout South and Southeast Asia. On April 28-29 he visited the village of Kantipur in southern Nepal, which received solar lamps three months ago. His “Postcard” from the visit:

It can be difficult when I visit projects, particularly those which seek to achieve less tangible goals like women’s empowerment or a greater environmental ethic in children, to see definitive signs of success. It was therefore a pleasure to stay the night in Kantipur and see how many people were using ECCA’s solar tuki (Nepali for “lamp”) simply by walking up the street (unannounced). The result was promising: Though I only had time to see a fraction of the 60 homes who received a solar tuki, each of the homes I visited was using theirs:

An old man used his while preparing dinner. A woman, taking advantage of its portability, used it while she rinsed off in a stream. Another woman and a family of three a few houses down from her ate Nepal’s traditional dal baht by its light. An old woman added to the light from her traditional stove as she cooked (see picture). And two boys poured studiously over their books (see picture). All of the people I asked said they hadn’t bought kerosene since receiving the lamp (a savings of about three days’ wage per month). You can judge for yourself (see picture), but I think the solar tuki gives more, better quality light. It also undoubtedly gives off fewer fumes and is less of a fire hazard.

It sounds as if ECCA is taking steps to make solar tukis sustainable on a local level. They’ve chosen a simple design, which uses locally available materials (other than the solar panel). They train people in the community to maintain them. They try to ensure ownership by charging a nominal fee for the devices—sometimes facilitated by a local microfinance institution. The main feedback they’ve gotten from users is that they’d like them to provide even more light so they’re designing bigger models.

In a country where large sections are still not electrified, it is a win anytime renewables beat out dirty, loud diesel generators—particularly when the organization behind them is as capable and committed to sustainable development as ECCA.

Cooking food by solar light
Cooking food by solar light
Lighting the way to a career as a doctor
Lighting the way to a career as a doctor
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Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
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