A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
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“I weave baskets for livelihood. Solar lights have been helping me to make baskets at nights since four months. This is a huge accomplishment for me and my family.”
Man Bahadur, Chaughare, Lalitpur, Nepal

On July 27, 2015 solar lighting systems were distributed in Chaughare VDC of lalitpur district. ECCA, along with the support of Wind Power Nepal Pvt. Ltd. had distributed the solar packages where each one comprised of two solar bulbs, one solar panel and a radio system. They were distributed to 16 highly needy households especially with old and disabled people where they give maximum benefit.

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After 4 months on 25th October,2015 we visited five houses in Chaughare and two in Dalchowki to see if the light is really helpful to the beneficiaries or not. One of the houses we visited was of 69 years old Man Bahadur in Chaughare. With three children and seven members in his family, weaving baskets is his only occupation to support his family. His house was severely damaged by the April earthquake. Since then he along with his family have been living in temporary shelter made of zinc sheet. Initially there was no electricity and they had to struggle at all times. The solar lighting system distributed by ECCA was a solution for their problems. When asked about how much relief it has provided to them, Man Bahadur happily answered saying how much of a help it has been for them. He said,”The solar lights help us when there is load shedding. The bulbs give very good light and they are durable. We don’t have the better option than this. It has been one of the essential things to use in our daily life. The best thing is don’t have to wait for the electricity to charge it.” He sincerely thanked ECCA and all the organisations that provided his family such reliable technology.

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Ms. Manisha, a recipient of solar lighting system in Dalchowki.

Not only him but every household we visited was very grateful towards us. Regardless of whether they use it in the stable, for housework or for weaving baskets, the solar lights have proved to be a boon for all. Most important thing is that children use it for studying. “I wish for the prosperity of ECCA and I hope it supports us with our needs in the future as well” said Ms. Manisha while giving us farewell. Her words made us feel that it was definitely worth to help needy people as her with solar lights during critical time of their lives.

ECCA would like to thank you all for your support for enabling us to make a difference and bring hope and smile in the life of needy people. Please like our Facebook and subscribe our Blogs to get updates on our activities. Do not forget to share the story within your friends and family network and we look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.

Thank you & Regards,

- Denis Janker, Mukesh Karn, Upama Tamla

 

After solar lamp and solar panel distribution
After solar lamp and solar panel distribution

On July 28 2015, with financial support raised through Global Giving, ECCA distributed Solar powered lamps (along with Solar panel) in Bidhadheshwari Higher Secondary School of Asrang in Lalitpur district as part of relief activities for the victims of April earthquake. Each of 400 households received two lamp units and one solar panel. Initially being scheduled the day before, bad road conditions (arising due to landslide) on the way to Asrang delayed the Solar Tuki distribution by one day. Nevertheless, school students and parents came again the next day to receive Solar Tukis for their homes.

In Asrang village, Lalitpur, around 97% of the houses got damaged in April's earthquake and recovery process is taking time. With most of the electrical infrastructures damaged during the earthquake, the residents of Asrang had been facing problems of lighting during night time. Those who had access to kerosene lamps were in no advantage because of probable health hazards. Educational arena of school children was equally affected. Thus, to improve the living and learning condition of people of Asrang, distribution of solar lamps and panels was prioritized since it has multiple advantages. Solar Tukis provide a stable and environmentally friendly source of lighting to the families in their homes or temporary shelters.

“Some children have to walk for 3 hours to get to the school“, says a teacher. The village school Bidhyadhishwari Higher Secondary School, which is located on the top of a hill, was severely damaged during the earthquake and the destroyed classrooms were replaced by temporary learning center (consisting of bamboo-structured huts with space for about 30 children, but cannot provide the same teaching conditions as a solid building). “On top of this challenging surrounding, the students have to work hard to help the family when they return from school in the afternoon” the teacher informs us. That's why it's even more important to help the students to improve their living and learning conditions.

"Now we can study anytime we want. Most of the time, we are busy helping our parents with chores. But now, not even darkness can deprive us from studying. From now on, I will study even harder", said Sandesh, one of the students.

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for helping us in post earthquake recovery activities. Without your help and support, we would not have been able to achieve success in helping the earthquake affected people.

Globalgiving UK representative distributing
Globalgiving UK representative distributing
ECCA Program Officer distributing solar lamp
ECCA Program Officer distributing solar lamp
Happy after getting solar tuki
Happy after getting solar tuki
A Group Snap receiving Solar System
A Group Snap receiving Solar System

27th July 2015, was a clear and sunny day when our team left ECCA-office for an approx two-hours-ride to a small village located in Chaughare VDC, Lalitpur. In the fond of our car, there were Solar Lighting Systems to be distributed to EQ affected families in need. Additionally, we carried various piles of note books for the students in severely damaged school in the same area. I feel it was a short trip, but the activities with a long-term impact.

Gathering of community members to receive solar light.

Gathering of community members gathered to receive solar light.

Some families were already waiting for us when we arrive at the partly destroyed school yard (Shree Gyanodaya Lower Secondary School, Chaughare) to distribute the Solar Lighting System. The system distributed consisted of 2 bright bulbs along with the mobile charging facility and radio inbuild in the system. This reliable and environmentally friendly source of electricity for their homes. will keep the family members safe during the dark hours of night time and support the family members connected with communications and information.

As we had limited system to support the community members, Mr. Tej Lama (Chairman of School Management Committee) supported us through identifying the highly needy family members in the community. Families with old aged members, disabled members, nursing mothers, and school going children were highly prioritized in the distribution.

99 Yrs oldest lady in the community.

99 Yrs oldest lady in the community.

Amongst them, there’s a 99-year-old lady with her great-granddaughter. She still remembers her earthquake experience of 1933 and shared about her experience during that time. The great-granddaughter also shares her joy with other children and gathers together with her friends who all love dancing.

Distributing Solar System to different abilities family.

Distributing Solar System to different abilities family.

In the scenery of the partly destroyed school yard, the Solar systems stand like a symbol of hope and shows that earthquake recovery and ecology can go together hand in hand. And apart from providing electricity for the basic needs of families, there will be still enough solar power for playing music – so the girls can go on dancing!

It is made possible due to your help and support. Thank you for your help and support. We would also like to thank Mr. Kushal Gurung (CEO) of WindPower Nepal and The Mayor Hotel for supporting the solar system for the families of Earthquake Affected families in Nepal. Please share the news in your network so that together we can bring greater impact in our community. Do support us through visiting our Facebook Page, Twitter, Blog and Youtube Channel along with our website.

Old aged family receiving Solar Light
Old aged family receiving Solar Light
Nursing mother receiving Solar Light
Nursing mother receiving Solar Light
Damaged house
Damaged house

A devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25th April in Nepal claimed life of above 7,800 people and directly affected above 8 million people. Due to the destruction of houses in rural as well as in urban areas, people are forced to refuge in an open space. There is urgent need to provide basic needs (treated drinking water, food, medicine, tent, etc.).

ECCA has mobilized youth volunteers in the community to provide immediate relief materials. Coordination is also being done with Nepal government, other civil society organizations, NGOs and international agencies.

A separate project has been created in the Global Giving Support Nepal Earthquake Relief

Initially, your donation will help to meet the survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, your support will be used to support longer-term recovery efforts.

Some of the relief activities carried out by ECCA are:

  • ECCA started production of chlorine solution (branded as WATASOL) from the very next day of earthquake. WATASOL production is being done by using all the available WATA devices, as per the technology developed by Antenna Technologies Switzerland. ECCA is distributing WATASOL in bottles of 60ml and 1 liter. WATASOL is tested for quality before distribution. Many volunteers came forward to support in the bottling and packaging of WATASOL. WATASOL has been supplied for use at the hospitals as well.
  • Water filters embedded with silver colloidal treated tulip filter candles have been distributed, which can filter murky water to remove impurities.
  • Self Help kits were distributed that contained helmets, wheel barrows, shovels, ropes and other tools essential to dismantle and manage the damaged houses.
  • Tents were provided to the needed families.
  • Medical camp has been set-up to provide treatment to the injured
  • Food package has been distributed
  • Solar light has been provided

 The relief works are continuing.

Thank you for the support you have been providing. Your generous donations are extremely valued.

We look forward towards getting your continued support, at this time of natural disaster.

Please follow us at   http://eccablogs.wordpress.com/   and  like our facebook page to get updates. We also look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.

Thank you & Regards,

Palistha Shrestha

Chlorine solution distribution
Chlorine solution distribution
Self-help kit
Self-help kit
Tent distribution
Tent distribution
Students Expressing their Gratitude.
Students Expressing their Gratitude.

“I felt a lot of difference in our living condition without light and with light, especially during evening hours and dark night. Our economy is based in barter system of commodities that we have, due to which we do not have enough money to purchase and install light in our houses. Hence, all the houses in our community do not have light. But, now after using Solar Tuki, it really changed our life and way of living in our community. I also feel good that our children also regularly do their homework in evening hours and their study is in progress.” – Ms. Kamala (farmer & housewife of Syamrang village, Chitwan).

Chepang community, living in Symarang and Sarling village of Chitwan District, are among deprived community from development. They have very low level of education and requires various activities to empower and educate them. People in this community, still today do not have any source of clean lighting option during evening hours. Hence, ECCA in coordination with Unica Foundation, distributed 55 and 85 sets of solar tuki in Sarling and Symarang village. Along with the distribution of Solar Tuki, repair and maintenance; children training camp; youth training camp were also organized to aware the community and make themselves trained to maintain solar lights.

Balpa (student) shared that because of solar lights, it is so easy to read and complete homework at night also. Before he and his friends used to get scolded by their teachers as they were not being able to complete their home work.

The principal of Dhrungbang Primary School shared his words towards us is before it is always a huge problem to take a sick person to hospital at night because of light but now the role can played by the provided solar lights. The solar tuki maintenance training helps them to solve if any problems occur in solar lights.

Solar Tuki is bringing change in lifestyle of Chepang community. It is made possible due to your help and support. Thank you for your help and support. Please share the news in your network so that together we can bring greater impact in our community. Do support us through visiting our Facebook Page, Twitter, Blog and Youtube Channel along with our website.

Thanks & Regards,

Angel Chitrakar

Orienting on using solar tuki before distribution
Orienting on using solar tuki before distribution
Ms. Kamala Sharing her experience.
Ms. Kamala Sharing her experience.
Chepang Student under solar tuki light
Chepang Student under solar tuki light

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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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