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
Milan showing his house in Warangi VDC.
Milan showing his house in Warangi VDC.

I feel privileged to post this updates directly through the experience from my fresh field visit of eastern hilly region of Nepal. My current field visit included a visit in a school (Shree Laxmi Secondary School) located at Warangi VDC of Morang District. It took me 8 hrs of continuous walk from the nearby road accessible area to reach in the school. Due to the harsh hilly terrains, this place is yet to be electrified. The people in the village till this day are relying in the traditional kerosene lamp for the lights during evening hours to pursue their daily activities.

During my visit to this school, I interacted with teachers, students and parents about the options they have for light during evening hours. Few of them answered – Solar Home System, but, most of the peoples answers were same – “Kerosene Lamp”. Among the people who are using kerosene lamp, one of the student “Milan” (15 yrs of age and studying at grade 10) took me to his house and showed his kerosene lamp as a form of only lighting source, which he uses during his regular study hours in evening and night time during his exams. He shared about the struggle and sufferings that he is into while using kerosene lamp for studying late evenings. Due to poor economic condition of his family, they couldn’t afford bigger solar home system as a source for clean lighting in their house.

37 students like Milan in grade 10 and a total of 335 students in Shree Laxmi Secondary School have the same story. Hence, we have decided to install a community charging center in the school and facilitate the students with a piece of solar tuki to take them in their home in the evening hours, so that the sufferings of those students studying under the light of Kerosene lamp could be minimized. It will improve their educational condition and health as they will have access to clean form of lighting source and healthy environment to breathe in.

We would like to thank you for all your support and believing and supporting us in our campaign. Because of You, we have been able to bring changes in the life of students in rural Nepal towards their better lives and education. Furthermore, we would like to request you all to share the information of our project and request your friends and families to donate on 12th June 13 (Wednesday). This particular day is very important for us because, GlobalGiving has announced this day as GG Bonus Day. Hence, of the total donation received in all the projects from 9:00 AM on this day, 40% of additional amount will be matched by GG until it’s US $90,000 budget is completed. Hence, your support through spreading out the message of bonus day will help us achieve our target very soon through securing additional funds.

We hope for the same type of support in the days to come ahead. Please like our Facebook page to get updates regarding our activities and follow us on Twitter to get our tweets. We are also looking forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works as well.

Thank you & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Milan, with his kerosene light used for study.
Milan, with his kerosene light used for study.
Milan taking care of Goat as an income of family
Milan taking care of Goat as an income of family
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Students in Orphanage
Students in Orphanage

Remember your childhood days for a moment when you were studying in school. Your daily life would be waking up early in the morning, getting ready for school, spending whole day in school with friends and teachers, learning new things, returning home, playing for some time with friends, completing home-works from school for next day and going to bed. And when you have exams your parent guides you to spend less time in playing and focuses to spend more of your times in studying so that you could get good scores and grades. Now imagine, its an evening time. You are studying very hard sitting in your study table, preparing for attending final exams of your grade. You have all the supports that you need from your parents. Your table lamp is ON and you are in deep concentration in your study. Suddenly, your table lamp goes OFF . . . . . . . . . . and you are in the lap of complete darkness. You can’t see your notebooks and books placed in your table. You can’t even see anything around you due to the darkness. You don’t have any control over the situation where you are. How would you FEEL and react at that moment? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

It’s an exact situation for 52 orphans staying in Rejoice Trinity and Salvation, an orphanage home located in sub urban area of Lalitpur District. Every day during evening hours, when they are studying and doing their home works, power goes out due to load-shedding and these students are forced to use candles. Candles are the only source of light during that time otherwise, they are in the lap of complete darkness at the middle of their study. As there are small children in the orphanage home, using candles are very risky for them as fire could easily spread in the whole building if mishandled. Small children could easily burn their note books and books while studying in the candle light. Incident of burning eyelashes and hands by the small children had already been observed. Hence, the only option to save from these type of accidental incident to occur in future is to install a proper and safe light so that the students don’t need to depend on the electricity and candles for lighting option.

Hence, to support the education of the students of orphanage, a solar lighting system enough to provide power backup during the power cuts so as to light the rooms are supported. The installation of the system is in progress. This will ease the study of the students and help them to shape up their future towards the vision they had made.

ECCA on behalf of the students from orphanage would like to thank you all for your invaluable support which is definitely going to make an impact towards brighter and better future of the students.

Thank you very much and we anticipate the same in coming days ahead. Please feel free to send us your suggestions and feedback regarding our works in ecca@mos.com.np or angel@ecca.org.np.

Students studying under candle light
Students studying under candle light
Students studying under candle light
Students studying under candle light
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The reason for smile in face of children.
The reason for smile in face of children.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we - ECCA Family would like to express our sincere gratitude towards all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support and contribution towards our initiation in serving the needy students and the community in Nepal.

Thank you for spreading A Joy of Light in the Life of needy people in rural areas, and helping them to create a reason of smile in their life. A smile in the face of needy is what matters the most and have the strength to change the world. Without your support we would not have been able to bring smile in the faces.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for being the reason for change.

We look forward towards your continued support in the days ahead and request for your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at ecca@mos.com.np so that we could implement our programs more effectively.

Sincerely,

Angel Chitrakar

Sr. Program Officer

ECCA

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Solar Tuki Handover to Community
Solar Tuki Handover to Community

With YOUR SUPPORT, 65 household of Onewang Village, situated in a remote location in the hills of Chitwan with no access to electricity were equipped with Solar Light. Now, they do not have to rely on kerosene based wicked lamp for lighting their evening hours which had created enormous amount of negative health impact and economic impact in their daily life till day. In addition to the distribution of solar tuki, a group of 5 local youths were also trained for repair and maintenance of Solar tuki in case of need in future.

To increase the enrolment and attendance of students in school, the solar panels for charging the solar tuki were installed in the school as a mass charging station. This will encourage parents and Guardians to send their students to school in order to get their solar tuki charged and they could get clean and better light in evening hours.

We would like to acknowledge Shanti Griha (an organization working in Onewang Chitwan) for providing us an opportunity to serve in the community who are in need of those lights.

We acknowledge your support to date and seek your support to bring more impact in the life of these students studying and people living in rural areas. You can increase your impact through donating in October 17th, 12:00 Noon EST onwards in the website on Global Giving bonus day. Global Giving is providing 30% matching bonus in the donations received in projects and matching up to US $ 50,000. Hence, we would like to request you to circulate this message within your friends and family so that we could be able to raise more funds and change the life of needy ones.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our supporters, well-wisher and partners of Global Giving. We would also like to receive your feedback and suggestions in coming days ahead.

Thank You,

Angel Chitrakar

ECCA, Nepal

Mass charging installed in School
Mass charging installed in School
Repair & Maintenance Training for Locals
Repair & Maintenance Training for Locals
Mass Charging Installation
Mass Charging Installation
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Education Through Solar Tuki
Education Through Solar Tuki

Seasonal greetings and thank you, to all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support in our program. Without your support we would not have been able to serve the needy community in our country.

New Youth Children Development Society is an orphanage being operated by a group of youth in Bhaktapur District. It serves 52 deprived orphan children from various location of different age from 6 to 18.The orphanage has been providing all the basic needs of the orphans living there along with quality education.

However the centre faced a problem along with the entire country related to power crisis. The children who were staying there had a hard time studying after they returned from the school as the peak time for the power cut was in the evening. They used to study under the candle lights which created a nuisance for them. The main reason for it was the fire flame and being cautious towards the burning candles which created a lapse of concentration towards their studies. In addition they could not study at places, they wanted as the candle possessed high chances of fire accidents and also it could be easily extinguished by wind.

Thus keeping this in mind ECCA with financial support from Donors like you, has provided solar lights to the all the children of the orphanage in 50% subsidized rate. Along with it a solar mass charging station has been established where the light holders charge their solar lights. They charge their lights in the daytime and use it to study in the evenings.

These solar lights have provided an opportunity for the orphans to study in their regular schedule unlike the days before where they used to wait for the electricity to come. Even they can study at their desired place like in bed, in the balcony etc and the problems are not faced like those with the candle. “Now I do not need to wait for the electricity to study and the light seems better than the candle”, said Parshuram who is one of the residences of the orphanage.

We thank you for partnering with us to help the rural people and students of Nepal better their lives in an ecologically sustainable way. We hope for your suggestion and recommendation in future.

Regards,

We are safe from fire through Kerosene Lamp
We are safe from fire through Kerosene Lamp
We got access to clean light
We got access to clean light
We do our jobs to take care of our lights
We do our jobs to take care of our lights
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