A Clean Solar Alternative to Kerosene Lamps, Nepal

by Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness
May 22, 2013

Update Solar Tuki - May 13

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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Organization Information

Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness

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