Their day ends when the sun goes down. About 2 years back, the Students in Free Enterprise at H. They realized that just hours out of their beloved megapolis Mumbai, their brother and sister Indians lived in unbelievably poor conditions. So they decided that they would take it upon themselves to bring about rural transformation in these dark villages.
Ayesha Mirchandani, Vice-President, Operations at Project Chirag recalls this as one of the defining moments in her life. But the idea was unique… a college student can afford to give Rs It could mean not having a packet of chips for lunch, Project chirag taking a train to college instead of a taxi….
According to Ayesha, they faced a lot of challenges in terms of convincing people to switch to the new lighting systems. According to Ayesha, hardwired ideas such as these were difficult to tackle, but personal interactions between members of the Chirag team and villagers helped convince the latter and seeing an illuminated bulb would seal the deal.
Since its inception, the initiative has provided solar lighting to more than 10, rural households in seven states, impacting 60, villagers. The most recent project was in Aruna Chapori, a village located on a sandbar in the Brahmaputra. The village was cut off from the southern bank of the Brahmaputra in the s, and had no access to the electricity grid.
Each solar lighting system has an individual solar panel and one of them also has a mobile charging facility. The solar lamps are sourced from a company, which chooses to remain anonymous, that develops and manufactures solar products.
|Project Chirag - Lighting The Path To Progress - The Better India||It takes INR to light up one house and each village has anywhere from 15 to houses. She managed to raise more than INR 2.|
|Let there be light||It takes INR to light up one house and each village has anywhere from 15 to houses. She managed to raise more than INR 2.|
Each lamp costs around Rs. As for the villagers, the solar lights have become a boon. The minimal usage of kerosene oil has cut down their monthly expenditure.
The kerosene through the PDS system is available to them at Rs 30 and the cost on the black market is Rs Previously, each household consumed around litres of kerosene a month; today, it is one litre in nine months.
An added and welcome bonus is a a healthier environment to breathe in. Occurrences such as small children gulping down kerosene mistaking it for water have reduced significantly.
The introduction of solar lights has also impacted various other areas, especially education. The children have switched from kerosene lamps to solar lights, which not only give better lighting but also allow them to study late at night.
The men and women can also stay out for their work for longer hours without worrying about finishing the household chores before it gets dark. In some villages, women especially have benefitted and are able to take on handicraft work or join self-help groups and support each other.
The recent Assam project had two youth ambassadors, Saumya Dedhia and Noori Chaudhary, who accompanied the Project Chirag team to execute the operations in the villages there.
Project Chirag has also been partnering with last-mile NGOs as they become the point of contact for villagers to ensure better coordination and execution of their plans.
The recent Assam project was executed in partnership with Jadav Payenga Padma Shree recipient, who is a tribal environmental activist and forestry worker from Jorhat. He is also known as the Forest Man of India for his efforts in converting a washed out land into a 1, acre forest.
The way ahead Project Chirag primarily associates with corporates and trusts for fundraising. Individuals can also contribute through cheques and bank transfers. However, with the Assam campaign, the team has leveraged the online platform for fundraising for the first time. According to her, the success of such campaigns has also become a motivating factor for the entire team to keep going ahead.
The online fundraising campaign for the project in Assam was concluded on July 16 this year where the targetted Rs 6 lakh was collected within a month. Project Chirag is looking at more such online fundraising campaigns to happen in the future to create a novel platform for individuals looking to contribute to a cause.
After the Assam project, the team is looking forward to touching more lives in other remote areas by associating with NGOs and educational institutions for extensive participation.
Their target is to reach out to 15, households in next three years by expanding to different states in the country. Having touched so many lives in such a short span of time, Project Chirag is going stronger day by day. Their mission is to light up million more lives as they go ahead.
The individuals and the corporate who are willing to contribute to their cause can reach out to them at partner projectchirga.The Joshua Project Progress Scale is an estimate of the progress of church planting among a people group, people cluster, country or language. The Progress Scale is derived from people group values for percent Evangelical and percent Christian Adherent.
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We are always in search of people who want to share their time and skills with us. Join our ever-growing network of volunteers. The Project Chirag team is not afraid of the challenge. “As the youth, we really need to step forward to contribute towards solving social problems facing India today and Project Chirag is a platform for the youth to be a part of the India growth story.
Jul 16, · Dhruvraj Bhartia with Project Chirag installs solar lights in unelectrified homes of Assam. Project Chirag UK is an offshoot of a parent charity in India, Project Chirag (attheheels.com).
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