Project #7850

Solar Lamps for 2600 Students in Sundarbans, India

by Association for Social and Environmental Developme
Hasina Khatun using her new solar lamp
Hasina Khatun using her new solar lamp

Dear Donor,

We are very happy to let you know that on 27 and 28 April 2012, 300 poor, meritorious students received solar lamps. There was much excitement and joy among the students, their teachers, parents and the community at the handing over ceremonies which were held in the two remote islands of Maipith and K-Plot in the Sundarbans. The students, from Grades Seven to Twelve were from eight local schools on the two islands.  

Hasina Khatun, a recipient of a solar lamp from K-plot Island said, “I am happy to receive the solar lamp. Earlier I would have a lot of trouble studying by kerosene lamp. The smoke would get into my nose and mouth. I hope other students will also have this privilege."

The students who received the solar lamps were initiated into the Green Rhinos Program, an exciting new initiative of ASED which aims to create 10,000 youth nature leaders by 2013.  To know more visit

We sincerely thank you for being a partner in this endeavor which is greatly benefitting students in a remote and fragile ecosystem!

With warm regards,

Diti Mookherjee

Donor, Rachel Ann Garibsingh handing over a lamp
Donor, Rachel Ann Garibsingh handing over a lamp
Kelsey Torchia, from Minnesota, at the ceremony
Kelsey Torchia, from Minnesota, at the ceremony
Students with their solar lamps
Students with their solar lamps


Dear Donors,

We are getting ready to hand over 300 solar lamps to students in the Sundarbans very soon!

On 27 and 28 April 2012, 300 students from local schools in the Sundarbans will receive solar lamps. Handing over ceremonies will be held at two locations. The students who will receive the lamps will also be encouraged to join the youth nature leadership program that ASED runs called the Green Rhinos Program. Towards this goal at the lamp handing over ceremony, the students will receive an orientation on the natural treasures the Sundarbans harbor, the threats faced by this fragile ecosystem and how they could play their part in protecting this ecosystem.

Here is a project video

Watch out for our next report!!


Many thanks,

Diti Mookherjee

We are excited to inform you that we will be giving out over a hundred solar lamps to poor meritorious students in early February 2012!

We will soon send you a report on how the solar lamps given to the students last year are impacting their lives. So watch out for our next report!

We thank you dear donors for partnering with us to help children in the Sunderbans better their lives in an ecologically sustainable way.

Dear  Donors,

It gives us great pleasure to let you know that “Solar Lamps for 700 Students in Sundarbans, India” has achieved its target of raising $6000! We have already given 150 individual solar lamps and 7 twin light systems to school hostels. We will be giving out the remaining solar lamps by early January 2012. Encouraged by your response we have planned to continue with the project now aiming to provide Solar Lamps for 1600 students in Sundarbans.

GlobalGiving is hosting a Bonus Day on 19 October 2011 where they will be matching every donation at 30%! They have $100,000 is available in matching funds. The Bonus day starts at 12:01 am EDT on October 19th/
9:01 pm PDT on October 18th and will last until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT/ 8:59 pm PDT (whichever comes first). For India the time would be approximately 8.30 am to 8.29 pm on 19th October.

If you wish to donate or know of a friend or relative who would like to do so, this is a great opportunity!

Thank you once again for believing in this cause.

A student receiving a lamp from Ekta of ONergy
A student receiving a lamp from Ekta of ONergy

On 15 July 2011, 150 solar lamps were handed over to poor meritorious students of seven Government schools and one school run by Baikunthapur Tarun Sanga (BTS) at a ceremony on Maipith Island in Sundarbans. Present were students and teachers of the schools, representatives of ASED, ONergy, BTS and the local government. Parents of some of the students also attended the ceremony. The students, who were given the solar lamps, were chosen by the school authorities on the basis of academic merit and economic need. The staff of BTS visited the homes of these students for verification. Seven sets of twin LED solar tube lights were donated to seven schools where there are residential students or special coaching so that students can study properly after dark.

 Name of the School                             Number of students who received solar lamps

 Baikunthapur High School                                                          15

Bhubaneswari Jaikrishna High School                                         19

Debipur H.M Vidyapith                                                               13

Ambikanagar Haripriya High School                                            22

BTS Pathbhawan                                                                      30

Debipur Karunamoye Balika Vidyapith                                        18

Madhya-Purba Gurguria Adarsha Vidyapith                                 14

Kantamari Churamani High school                                             19


              Total                                                                       150

 The joy on the students and teachers faces was so wonderful to see! The boys and girls receiving the solar lamps said they would be able to study better with the lamps and hoped that in future other fellow students could also receive these lamps.

 We thank you, our donors, for your generous support and look forward to a continued relationship.

Student receiving a lamp from Sushanta of BTS
Student receiving a lamp from Sushanta of BTS
Thank you kind donors
Thank you kind donors
A better life for the girls of Sundarbans
A better life for the girls of Sundarbans


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Organization Information

Association for Social and Environmental Developme

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Diti Mookherjee
Kolkata, West Bengal India

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