A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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Chepangs are one of the most underprivileged indigenous groups of Nepal. Their settlement areas lie far from development and people are compelled to lead hard lives.  Lothar VDC is one of those remote areas of Chitwan which acts as a home to over 5027 Nepalese people of whom 4000 are highly marginalized Chepang  people (Census 2011). The struggle has the civilization pushed back under margin of underdevelopment.

Lack of electricity is one of the major concerns in Lothar. It has affected series of socio-economic factors including education. To enhance child education by introducing Lothar community to efficient solar  technology, ECCA provided Solar Tuki sets, mass charging sets as well as maintenance training to 4 villages of Lothar namely Lo-ling, Gundi, Cheuding and Kalitar. Students, teachers and parents of 4 schools gathered on June 6, 2016. Each household received 2 solar tuki lamps benefitting 292 households in total, whereas mass charging stations (to charge the solar lamp) are kept at schools as an motivating agenda for school attendance. Thereby, students must come to school to charge their solar lamp.

IMG_4663Students and their parents were invited to receive Solar Tuki lamps
web2ECCA staff provides basic handling techniques of Solar Tuki

ECCA also provided 3 days long Solar tuki repair and maintenance training to 8 participants; 2 from each village. This will help them repair the lamps by themselves without having to travel far for its maintenance. These trained solar lamp repairing technicians will also be benefitting from the income received by repairing the solar lamps.

The program will definitely play a vital role in child education. One of the ECCA program officers elaborated at the end of the program-

“Although people enroll their children at schools, only an average of 50% attend school regularly. Drop out rate is high and we believe that solar tuki can be a milestone to change this."

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While the loadshedding hours (for the electricity supplied from the government utility company) continue to increase in Nepal, alternative energy usage is amplifying in the lives of Nepalese people. Currently, Nepal faces 10-11 hours of loadshedding in a daily basis. The consequential effects brought by this situation in national economy is often highlighted; however its effect on education of children is hardly addressed.

The earthquake had made it worse. Loss of electrical infrastructures, weakened financial state and lack of immediate accessibility to alternative energy sources in rural areas started bringing people back to using harmful kerosene lamps.

To help young children in their education, and to help women in their household chores, ECCA provided over 1500 solar tuki lamps (along with solar panels) in schools of different earthquake affected villages.

“It has been around 9 months since my children received this tuki in their school. Seeing my children study during night with this tuki makes me happy too”, said one of the parents last week. 

IMG_4537Rasila, a grade 10 student, studies for her School Level Examination in Malta, Lalitpur

 

IMG_4542Rasila's mother gives fodder to animals with the help of tuki

We thank GlobalGiving and all our supporters / donors. Your continuous contribution has helped us improve hundreds of students' lives.

Next, we plan to provide solar tuki lamps to earthquake affected refugees' camp and backward Chepang community in Chitwan.

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ECCA distributed Solar Tukis to 350 families and 400 families in the earthquake affected areas of Malta and Asrang respectively.

When distributing Solar Tukis, ECCA provides the villagers an option of either using individual solar panels or establishing a multiple charging station at schools. By establishing a multiple charging station at schools, we give the families another reason to send their children to school. Through this initiative, we have succeeded in increasing the school enrollment and class attendance rates of students in rural areas.

We are also pleased to inform you that “A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal” has been exclusively selected by GlobalGiving to be a part of its “Crowd Power – Renewable Energy Match Funding Campaign”.

Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) is matching 50% of all donations done starting from Wednesday, February 17, 2016 00:00:01 (GMT) till March 7, 2016 or until the funds last. A total of £10,000 is available for matching. (Here is a helpful online tool to help you determine your local time)

  • The campaign will provide a match for up to £600 per donor per project.
  • Donations can be made in USD or GB Pounds.
  • A minimum of £500 must be raised to unlock the matching.
  • Only online donations made by debit and credit card, PayPal, or a GlobalGiving official gift card are eligible for matching. Donations made by cheque or text-to-give are not eligible.

For UK donors, please visit http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/alternative-energy-for-nepal/ . Please also click on the Gift Aid option, which gives us 25% additional benefit with no extra cost!

For US and donors in other areas, please visit https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/alternative-energy-for-nepal/

Thank you.

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Dibya Ghimire during her study hours

"If it weren't for the solar tuki, I would be struggling with oil lamps to study at night. The efficiency it bears has helped me keep up my grades at school", says Dibya Ghimire, a grade 8 student of Shree KaliDevi Higher Secondary School, Malta. Earlier ECCA had distributed solar tukis to 350 students of Shree KaliDevi H.S.S after the dreadful earthquake of April destroyed electrical infrastructures of the village.

Dibya, who is now staying in a temporarily built house recalls the earthquake to be 'an completely unexpected nightmare'. "95% of the houses in my village either got destroyed completely or damaged to an extent that requires its demolition. This forced all of us to through serious consequences", shares Dibya. "Even after few months, we were still trying to catch up with our lives that we were living before. What troubled me was the fear of not being able to attend our school anymore because the earthquake took most of the buildings. But it was a very good thing that our school got temporary classrooms built up and it opened again."

"I have my District Level Examination coming up. So studying late at night using solar tukis has become a routine for me." Dibya happily adds, "Solar tuki has not only helped students like me but also all of us here. Be it in the kitchen or out in the field, using solar tuki is a lot more fuel-saving and effective." Along with solar tuki distribution, training on solar tuki maintenance was also given to local people so, in case of any problem, people can get their own local technician. This has motivated people of Malta to use this efficient lighting technology.

Lastly, we thank Global Giving and all our supporters / donors for helping us support students like Dibya. Your continous contribution has helped us improve thousands of students' lives. For updates, please also visit our websiteFacebook,  Twitter , Blog and YouTube Channel.

Here are some glimpses from solar tuki distribution that took place in August 26, 2015.

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A student sharing a smile with ECCA Program Officer Mr.Rabindra Khatri 

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As Senior Social Mobilization Officer of Lalitpur District Mr. Bisweswor
Koirala(left) provided tuki to a parent during the program

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A group photo with some students and their parents at the end!




Dear all,

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness (ECCA) is currently in its 29th year of establishment. Over the years, we have succeeded in making significant improvements in the sector of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), school environment, community development, promotion of alternate and renewable technologies (A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps,  ICS training) and even conservation related entrepreneurship. We can proudly say that our actions have helped people change their lives. Women in Jajarkot have learnt to invest in income generating activities through saving and credit schemes initiated among their own group. Children of Dolakha have learnt to initiate community awareness programs on their own. Our actions have made a difference in a sense that each trained member in the society now bears a sense of responsibility. The earthquake was however a turning phase for all but it proved more of a reason to work harder right from renovation and rebuilding to development that offers sustainability. From construction of Temporary Learning Centers to formation of nature club in schools, we have been attempting to bring progressive change from local to national level.

This note, henceforth, is to remind each of you contributors for your priceless support because all our successful attempts would have not been possible without you. To all supporters who are incessantly helping us in every way, be it on site volunteering or project donations, we express our heartfelt gratitude. To every heart out there that believes in us, we are thankful.

Considering the present hardships (due to cold weather) being faced by the earthquake affected people (who are still living in temporary makeshift shelters), ECCA recently initiated a campaign Win Against Winter. We're sure we'll receive support from each one of you as well.

We wish to move on with your ever-growing aspiration to help our motives.

Furthermore, we have prepared a short 2 minute video on our post-earthquake activities. We look forward to receiving your response on it. 

Thank you!

ECCA Nepal

 

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Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

Location: Lalitpur, Bagmati - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.ecca.org.np
Project Leader:
Prachet Kumar Shrestha
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Kathmandu, Bagmati Nepal
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