| Jan 12, 2018
Solar Tuki supporting education and lives of Chepang people
A student studies with the help of solar tuki
Solar tuki lamp provided by ECCA is contributing positively in 4 Chepang villages of Chitwan.
Monitoring visit conducted recently by ECCA revealed that the solar tuki lamps are helping Chepang children in their education and also in family's daily household activities. According to residents of Glauthok village, the tuki lamp has been one of the vital items in their household.
Sharmila, a fifth grader at Shree Rastriya Primary School says the tuki lamp has been a night-friend for her. "I need to do household chores at morning and evening. It is at night that I mostly need solar tuki for studying." They charge the tuki at school during day time and use it in the evening. That way, they also get to attend the school regularly.
However, one major challenge has been protecting the solar tuki lamp during rainy season. "It's portable so I took it to the fields during rainy season and, unfortunately, it got rusted. We were not able to light it for a month... we got it repaired later. Since then, we have been cautious on the use of tuki during rainy season."
Repair and maintenance training was, in fact, provided by ECCA to selective local people of each village for the sustainability of the tuki lamps. The villagers pay reasonable amount of money to the person for the repair service.
While talking about environmental and economic benefits, the villagers state that the solar technology has replaced kerosene lamps in all the households of the village. "Till date, we have been able to save a lot of money, which would otherwise be used to buy kerosene", one villager shared.
The villagers have requested for new set of lamps, since some lamps they have are not functioning. So, ECCA plans to provide and replace the lamps soon.
We are really thankful for your support. Your support will help us support more people and villages devoid of electricity.