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
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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New Community Charging System for School
New Community Charging System for School

Thank you, to all our donors, supporters and well-wishers for your continuous support in our effort to provide a clean solar light alternative in place of kerosene lamps for the rural people of Nepal.

In past months, we had received requests to support for the installation of community charging centre in two areas; Chitwan and Solukhumbu. Hence, we had made a technical and design evaluation of our previous community charging centre installed in two areas through interviews and telephone inquiry. With the feedback received from the community, a new model of community charging centre has been designed, which is easy to use for the rural people in terms of technical and is much cost effective than previous community charging system.

Similarly, Mr. Charturbhuj (a youth returned from Arabian country, searching opportunity to work in our own country) has been trained in assembling the solar system. He has been exploring the opportunity to create the market of solar in western region of Nepal. An initial investment to support him for the promotion of solar systems in western region has been made.

Request for the installation of community charging centre at various rural areas are in consideration and evaluation to provide maximum benefit to the rural people of Nepal.

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

Solar Light Assembling Training for Youths
Solar Light Assembling Training for Youths
Hands on training of solar assembling
Hands on training of solar assembling
New Model of Community Charging System
New Model of Community Charging System
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With the beginning of New Year 2012, hopes for the rural people to get a better lighting solution during evening hours are very low. The main reason is due to increase in demand for electricity in urban areas, limited construction and development of hydro power projects, remoteness for the extension of electricity cables. The one and only option to get the light during evening hours for the rural people is through solar lighting system. Hence, the popularity of solar tuki and solar lighting system in rural areas are in increasing trend.

On December 2011, a field visit to Dolkha District was made to explore the possibilities for the promotion of solar tuki. Dolkha District lies in the eastern region of Nepal and is one of the district with settlements in the hilly region. Discussions with the officials of District Development Committee and local organization representatives, to identify the need and the areas for promotion of solar tuki were made. A request for the promotion of solar tuki in Khopacha Village had also been received. As the community are not in the state to pay the upfront cost of solar tuki, installation of a community charging center is in progress.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the team of GlobalGiving for your continuous support and all our donors for your continuous support in our initiation towards eradicating kerosene lamp from rural areas of Nepal and promoting safe and clean lighting option to rural household. We would also like to request you to send us your feedback, comments and suggestion regarding our program at ecca@mos.com.np, so that we could implement our programs more effectively.

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Community Charging Center at Kantipur Village
Community Charging Center at Kantipur Village

With the increasing popularity of solar tuki in the rural areas, the demand of solar tuki sets are in raise. As per the demand and need of solar tuki in the rural areas, a community charging center model was developed to provide the benefit for the community who are not in the state of purchasing solar tuki set. In this system, various numbers of solar tuki are charged at once through using a bigger solar panel, thus reducing the cost of individual solar panel for an individual household.

At Kantipur Village (a remote village settlement of chitwan), the households were not in the state of purchasing individual solar tuki sets, hence, a community charging center was established at the end of March 2010. 48 households were benefited through the distribution of 60 pcs of solar tuki and establishment of the center.

Most of the housewife of the village seems very happy after the establishment and use of solar tuki. The main reasons behind their happiness are saving of money, saving of time to purchase kerosene, health benefit and brighter light of solar tuki. As per Mrs. Januka Sunar, she had saved Nrs 350/- per month to be spent for kerosene, brighter and better light than kerosene lamp, easy use during preparation of evening meals and one and half hour of time and energy saving for purchasing kerosene which she has now been using for income generation through poultry farming. In general, all households of the village using solar tuki are being benefited through various ways.

Mr. Subash Sunar (16 yrs) studying at grade 10 and Mr. Dinesh Gayak (14 Yrs) studying at grade 8 of Jana Jeevan Ma Vi, Kharkatta, Chitwan has been using solar tuki since April 2010. Prior to the use of solar tuki, they had been using kerosene tuki as the only source of light during evening hours. They used kerosene tuki in the evening hours mainly for their study purpose. The students were irritated with the particulate matters and black soot particulates emitted by the kerosene tuki, which had created various health problems like eye irritation, cough problems, etc.

When solar tuki was introduced in the village to replace the kerosene lamp, the students were excited to use it. According to the students, bright light compared to kerosene tuki, smokeless, no fear for fire hazard and benefit for using continuously light are the main encouragement and attraction towards the use of solar tuki. The students had increased their study hours in the evening by 2 hrs after solar tuki were introduced in the village. The shopping time of one and half hour to purchase kerosene for lighting their house for the evening hrs has been utilized in other activities.

Students with Solar Tuki for Education
Students with Solar Tuki for Education
House-wife benefited from Solar Tuki
House-wife benefited from Solar Tuki
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Housewife Using Solar Tuki for preparing Dinner
Housewife Using Solar Tuki for preparing Dinner

Kaleshwor village, known as one of the remote village of Lalitpur district lies at the southern hilly terrains of the district. Although the village is at a distance of 48km from the nearest city point – Chhapagaau, It takes around 8 hrs of local bus ride and 2hrs of uphill walk to reach the village. Due to hilly terrain of the village, the accessibility of each household in the national electricity grid is very low. Hence, the people of Kaleshwor are compelled to use kerosene lamp during evening hours to fulfil their need of light.

Mr. Amrit Gautam, Teacher of Shree Bhag Bhairab Higher Secondary School, came to know about solar tuki when he visited ECCA. He purchased a set of solar tuki for his personal use in his home. The use of solar tuki by Mr. Gautam and his family has been circulated in the village as well as the efficiency, performance and the use of the solar tuki has been demonstrated to the villagers. This created a demand of solar tuki in the village. As there were facility of microfinance for the promotion of solar tuki, the chairman of Jana Jagaran Saving and Credit Cooperative (a local saving and credit group operated by the local villagers) Mr. Giri Prashad Timilsina, visited ECCA office for the promotion of solar tuki in Kaleshwor village.

Thereafter, making an agreement with the cooperative to act as a local agent for the promotion of solar tuki, ECCA had facilitated the use of solar tuki in almost all the household. The use of solar tuki has started in reduction of use in kerosene in the village and declared as kerosene free village in the mid 2009. The local shop owner Mr. Bal Ram Bajara, initiated the solar tuki repair and maintenance centre as his business of selling kerosene went down due to low demand of kerosene. He says – “When I saw Solar Tuki at first in the village, I feared of disrupting my business of sales of kerosene, through which was sustaining my family. I was sure that my sales of kerosene will go down with the increasing use of solar tuki in the village. In no time, my sales of kerosene went down. At the same time, Mr. Giri Prashad Timilsina (Chairman of Cooperative) suggested me to open up the Repair & Maintenance centre in my shop to sustain my business and sent me to the training being organized by ECCA. This has provided me a great relief towards my sustainability of business. Now, the sales of kerosene in the village are very low. People prefer to purchase solar tuki for light rather than kerosene.”

Ramesh Gautam (Student of Grade 11), has been using solar tuki when he was studying in grade 7. He shares his experience of using solar tuki as – “Previously, when I used kerosene lamp for lighting, I felt very uncomfortable during my study in the evening hours. I still remember, that my eyes were irritated and I also got eye infection during my terminal exam time which ruined my exam. I was compelled to breath in the air where smokes from the kerosene tuki were emitted. Hence, I used to avoid study during evening hours. We could not afford for the installation of solar home system as our families economic condition were not very good. I felt very much relieved when my father got a set of solar tuki in my home. The problems that I faced with the use of kerosene tuki were gone. I do not need to breathe in the air of smoke released from kerosene lamp. The light emitted from the solar tuki was very bright compared to kerosene lamp and it does not release smoke. Hence, I got to spend some more time in my study during evening hours. I also could do well in my exams with the help of solar tuki.”

Student using solar tuki for his study
Student using solar tuki for his study
Charging Solar Tuki by local teacher
Charging Solar Tuki by local teacher
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