Children
 India
Project #7850

Solar Lamps for 2600 Students in Sundarbans, India

by Association for Social and Environmental Developme
Vetted

Dear Kind Supporter,

Since the inception of the Solar Lamps Project in 2011, 1600 individual students have received a solar lamp. Solar lighting has been provided for an entire girls' school hostel with 40 students and sets of twin solar lights have been installed in 8 government high school hostels and a coaching centre benefitting over 400 students. Since April 2012, we have the students who are receiving the solar lamps into the Green Rhinos Program, a transformational youth nature leadership program.

This has been possible with your support. These poor meritorious students would otherwise have not been able to afford the use of these lamps. The solar lamps have benefitted the students and their families in multiple ways.

 

The solar lamps provide the students with a strong steady source of light by which to study after sundown.  Many students have been able to improve their grades in school as a result of receiving this lamp. Priyanka, a girl student studying in Kishorimohanpur High School says, “I can study without the smoke from a kerosene lamp stinging my eyes and nose.” Hena, a girl student of Debipur Karunamoyee Balika Bidyayatan, says “All my brothers and sisters sit around the lamp to study together. The lamp has made a very big difference in our lives.”

 

The solar lamp is useful for the entire family. Family members can use it to do housework and it is used as a torch at night if anyone needs to go outside the hut at night. It saves the use of at least 18 liters of kerosene a year resulting in 2% saving in the family’s annual expenditure.The reduction in use of kerosene has helped to reduce carbon emissions benefiting the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, aWorld Heritage site.

The lamp has helped to bring the family together. Parimal, father of a student who has received a solar lamp happily proclaims, “The whole family gathers around the lamp to eat together at night. This is a wonderful program!”

The Solar Lamps Project has been a successful project by ASED. We are closing the project as we are now concentrating on creating the capacities of the young people in the Sundarbans and in other parts of India to protect and improve the environment. This is being done through our   Green Rhinos Program through which we create youth nature leaders. By end of 2015, we will have created 2600 Green Rhinos.

We aim to create 5,000 Green Rhinos in India by 31 December 2016 and 10,000 globally by 31 December 2018. We are fundraising for the Green Rhinos Program through GlobalGiving at  http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/create-5000-youth-nature-leaders-by-december-2016/. It would be wonderful if you could support this program!

With our best wishes and gratitude,

Diti

Dear Kind Supporter,

 We are pleased to let you know that 200 girl students received solar lamps in December 2014 and January 2015 bringing the total number of individual students who have received solar lamps to 1600.

This year 800 more students in the Sundarbans will receive solar lamps. It is quite amazing how a gift of one lamp can bring so many benefits. It helps to advance a student's studies while saving his/her family the money they would otherwise require to purchase kerosene for lighting. The other siblings of the student benefit when they share the light for their studies. The mother can use the lamp for cooking after the student is done with studies. These are all students from poor and ultra poor families who otherwise would not be able to afford to purchase a solar lamp.

The need in the area is still enormous with over 3000 students requiring solar lamps. Microsoft Youthsparks Bonus Day starts tomorrow at 9 am EDT. Do take this opportunity to continue your support for the needy students of the Sundarbans!

In gratitude,

Diti

Dear Kind Supporter,

We are overjoyed to let you know that in the eve of the New Year 100 girl students will receive solar lamps. A few days into the New Year, 100 more girl students will receive solar lamps. 

The students will be from local schools in the Kultali community development block, one of the six most backward blocks in the Sundarbans.

Till now 1400 individual students in the Sundarbans have received solar lamps. This gift of light has changed their lives forever!

In this festive season we look forward to your continued support in changing the lives of many more young people.

With the warmest wishes for a peaceful and happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Diti

Geetika studying by the light of the solar lamp
Geetika studying by the light of the solar lamp

Dear Kind Supporter,


We are very pleased to let you know that 100 students on the remote L-Plot island in the Sundarbans received solar lamps on 8 August 2014. They were handed over the lamps at a ceremony organized in the local high school in the presence of the school headmaster, teachers and other dignitaries from the community. The students were shown how to use the lamps and were requested to contact the Project staff in case they faced in problem during use.

The students were inducted into the Green Rhinos Program to create youth nature leaders and viewed an audio visual presentation on the “Nature of Sundarbans”. The threats facing the Sundarbans and how students can protect the Sundarbans was discussed.

The Solar Lamps Project has now benefitted 1400 individual students in the Sundarbans.

Geetika studies in Grade 4 and lives in the remote village of Binodpur. Her parents are daily wage earners. She says, “Earlier kerosene lamps were our only source of light in the evening. But one solar lamp has changed our lives! I am able to do my lessons till late at night and my parents can use the lamp for household work, when I am not studying.”

Geetika adds, “My friends were asking if they could also receive solar lamps …they are using kerosene lamps for studying at present.”

There are many more students in the Sundarbans who need solar lamps. One lamp changes many lives! You are part of this change and we look forward to your continued support.

 

Thank you,

 

Diti

Genna, from Seattle USA, distributes a lamp
Genna, from Seattle USA, distributes a lamp
Kushal, Project Resource Person distributes a lamp
Kushal, Project Resource Person distributes a lamp
The Solar Lamps distribution ceremony
The Solar Lamps distribution ceremony

Dear Kind Supporter,

Through your generosity 1700 students in the Sundarbans have received the opportunity to better their lives. One solar lamp helps a student further her/ his academic studies and saves at least 18 liters of kerosene a year resulting in 2% saving in annual family expenditure. It results in reduction in carbon emissions benefiting the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, a World Heritage site.

Many more students are yet to be reached.

TODAY is Bonus Day. All donations to this project will be matched by 100% by Microsoft!

Bonus Day starts at 12 pm (noon) EDT/ 9.30 pm Indian Standard Time. Funds run out very fast so do hurry if you wish to make a donation!

Thank you.

Diti

 

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Association for Social and Environmental Developme

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal - India
Website: http:/​/​www.asedkol.org
Project Leader:
Diti Mookherjee
Ms.
Kolkata, West Bengal India

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