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Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal

by Karuna-Shechen
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal
Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal

Dear Friends,

Thanks to your support, Karuna-Shechen is bringing light to remote mountain villages in Nepal that have been without electricity – until now!

Our goal was to train local women to install solar lighting systems in households in need, with a special focus on villages impacted by the two earthquakes that struck the country four years ago.

We are thrilled to share this story with you:

Last year, we installed a solar home lighting set for Laxmi, an 84-year-old widow in the Khopachangu Village. She had been living alone for the past five years, relying on a small tuki (kerosene lamp) as her only light source.

We recently visited Laxmi to see how it was going. She told us that before receiving the solar lighting set, much of her time was spent in darkness.

“I can’t work fast because I am old,” Laxmi said. “Now with the lights, I can work slowly and sleep a bit later. I find it very helpful.”

Laxmi then made tea for us to show her gratitude, even though we insisted it wasn’t necessary.

We’d like to pass Laxmi’s gratitude on to you, whose generous support makes it possible to bring light to people in need in Nepal. Solar light is not only improving quality of life, but also increasing the health and safety for people who no longer need to rely on kerosene lamps.

On behalf of everyone at Karuna-Shechen and the villagers we have helped so far, thank you!

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Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that we share this update on our campaign.

Our goal was to train local women to install solar lighting systems in households in need, with a special focus on villages impacted by the two earthquakes that struck the country four years ago.

Thanks to your generosity, women are bringing light to their communities! We are thrilled to share this recent story with you:

Kesari was one of twelve women selected to take part in our Solar Training program in 2018. After two full weeks of training, she returned to her village and began her new life as a certified solar technician.

“Before and after work, I cook food at home,” Kesari says. “In the morning I work as a tailor in a local shop, and in the afternoon I install solar sets and do solar related work.”

Following this schedule, Kesari has installed 100 solar sets in her village.

When asked what challenges she faced, Kesari recounts that the household selection process was difficult.

“We only had 100 sets to distribute,” she says, “and many more people wanted them.”

Supported by the village elders and the elected government officials, Kesari selected the households most in need and worked diligently to bring solar light into their homes.

“This process,” she says, “taught me to stick to the right path even when things are difficult. I will continue to do this to help my community.”

We are so grateful for your role in empowering Kesari and other Nepalese women to bring light to villages in Nepal! We look forward to continuing to work together to install more solar light for people in need in remote Nepalese villages.

On behalf of everyone at Karuna-Shechen and the villagers we have helped, together, thank you!

If you have not done so already, please sign up HERE for our newsletter to keep up to date on how we’re making a difference, together.

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Thanks to your support, Karuna-Shechen is empowering village women to bring light to their remote mountain communities in Nepal!

The twelve solar technicians from six remote districts in Nepal are now even more empowered to be bearers of light in their communities thanks to a recent advanced training.

The five-day intensive training taught the technicians how to repair and manufacture home lighting sets so that they can manage and maintain the solar panels in use in their communities. The technicians also learned entrepreneurial skills to install more sets in their area to help replace more dangerous kerosene lanterns with clean, renewable energy.

We are so grateful for your role in bringing light to these villages in Nepal! Below are pictures of the empowering training session you helped make possible!

If you have not done so already, please sign up HERE for our newsletter to keep up to date on how we’re making a difference, together.

On behalf of everyone at Karuna-Shechen and the villagers we have helped, together, thank you!

 

12 Women learn advance technician skills
12 Women learn advance technician skills
Technicians learn to repair home lighting sets
Technicians learn to repair home lighting sets

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Thanks to your support, Karuna-Shechen is bringing light to remote mountain villages in Nepal that have been without electricity – until now!

The Chepangs and Tamangs are ethnic groups who live in remote, mountainous areas that are without electricity. In the village homes, dangerous karosene lamps provide the only source of light, making it difficult for villagers to do chores and for children to do homework after dark.

In December, 2018, Karuna-Shechen's solar technicians travelled to the remote Makwanpur district to bring light to Chepang and Tamang villages.100 solar home lighting sets were distributed and installed by our trained solar technicians, replacing dangerous kerosene lanterns with clean, renewable energy.

We are so grateful for your role in bringing light to these villages in Nepal! Below are pictures of the distribution and installation you helped make possible!

If you have not done so already, please sign up HERE for our newsletter to keep up to date on how we’re making a difference, together.

On behalf of everyone at Karuna-Shechen and the villagers we have helped, together, thank you!

Villagers collect solar sets during distribution
Villagers collect solar sets during distribution
Villagers take solar sets home in their dokos
Villagers take solar sets home in their dokos
Our solar technician works on a solar panel
Our solar technician works on a solar panel
Installing solar light inside a village home
Installing solar light inside a village home

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300 homes in remote Nepalese villages have light!


So far this year, we have provided training for solar technicians and installed solar electricity sets that are changing lives in some of the most remote and underserved villages of Nepal.


Disconnected from electricity sources, villagers in remote regions typically live in relative darkness, using dangerous kerosene lamps to shed dim light so mothers can cook and children can do homework. By equipping 300 homes with solar electricity sets, we are improving the air quality, reducing the danger and damage from kerosene, and providing a better quality of life for families. Thank you for supporting this important project!


We will continue to update you on the progress and results. In the meantime, Karuna-Shechen is launching a special campaign to teach yoga skills to 1,000 children in need in India. It is a simple & sustainable way to engage young minds and boost their potential! Please see our project page for more information and to help support this altruistic project!


Thank you for reaching out across the globe to support our “Bring Light to Isolated Villagers in Nepal” project & for spreading the word about our new initiative: Teach Yoga to Village Children in India

A typical home equipped with solar electricity
A typical home equipped with solar electricity
Solar electricians installing solar power!
Solar electricians installing solar power!
 

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Location: Kew Gardens, NY - USA
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Vivian Kurz
Kew Gardens, NY United States
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