“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.”
Mr. Man Bahadur, Chaughare, Lalitpur, Nepal
On July 27, 2015 solar lighting systems were distributed in Chaughare VDC of lalitpur district. ECCA, along with support from 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.
After 4 months, we visited families in Chaughare and 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, Ghunga 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.
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 Ghunga while giving us farewell. His words made us feel that it was definitely worth to help needy people as him 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 share our stories within your friends and family network so that we could reach to more and more needy families. We look forward towards your valuable suggestions and comments regarding our works.
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-Denis Janker, Mukesh Karn, Upama Tamla