Some stark realities of India
- 400 million Indians live in darkness after the sun sets
- Many villages have not experienced electricity and that defines their life.
Now you can bring light to the lives of 149 homes (approx 1000 individuals) in the remote hamlets of Gunjibadi and Manikeshwar in the tribal hinterlands of Orissa.
How we intend to bring light to these hamlets ?
* We want to do this at a cost of just 835 INR per home.
* Each home gets 2 solar lamps for 835 INR .
* If you fund 8350 INR you can light up 10 homes for 3-5 years
* Impact : 8 hamlets,149 homes ,1000 people @Gunjibadi and Manikeshwar, Orissa
Pic: A typical home in these remote villages. They are off the grid and without light
The downside of not having light
Education suffers, as kids cannot read. Kerosene lamps come with the danger of fire, injury and even death. Lifestyles are impacted as most work needs to finish before sunset & the village continues to live in the 19th century as they have minimal access to information and news around them (no radios etc.). Plus, it’s expensive, as 10-20% of their income goes towards kerosene, which powers most lanterns.Together, let’s transform & light up these hamlets in remote Orissa. This crowdfunding campaign aims to raise INR 1,49,000/.
Tax benefits of funding this campaign :
Where are Gunjibadi and Manikeshwar in Orissa?
Located a good 6 hours from Bhubaneswar this is a area that is forested , hilly with a significant tribal population. It is fair to say its remote and an area that can benefit from your funding as the basic needs of people are not met .
PIC: Map showing location of the area which will benefit from your funding.
Together let’s light up these hamlets in Orissa! All it takes is a donation of INR 835 from you!
How does it work?
We are looking at solar-powered solutions to bring light to remote villages in rural India. Currently, households with no access to reliable electricity rely on kerosene lamps or candles for light after sunset. These sources of light are dangerous, emit low quality light and are expensive as they have recurring costs. Solar panels are too expensive for these homes to both buy & install as these tribal villages are too remote. The simplest quick fix solution is to use solar lamps.
What are these solar lamps?
PIC: The different models of solar lamps that we can install in home with their current MRP in INR. Images courtesy d.light SOLAR
Each home gets 2 of the above products.
PACKAGE A:The home can choose from one number of A1+ one model of S 20 = MRP of 1024
PACKAGE B: They choose two numbers of Model S2 = 2 lamps with a MRP of 990 INR
D.Light are a global leader in solar-powered solutions for off-grid households & their India HQ is located in Gurgaon.
Details of the tribal villages in Odisha:
DISTRICT – GUNJIBADI AND MANIKESHWAR, ORISSA, NORTH INDIA
|S.No.||Name of the Remote Village / Hamlet||No. of Houses||Gram Panchayat||Block / Zone|
|TOTAL NO. OF HOUSES||149|
These villages have no access to electricity. They also have some of the lowest literacy rates in the state. Bringing light to this village will transform the lives of the people.
Project facts & cost breakup:
Number of households: 149 numbers
Lamps required: 298 solar lamps for 149 household
Individuals impacted: 1000 approximately
Cost of project for crowdfunding – 149 homes * 835 INR = 1,25,000/- INR* (*Includes crowdfunding charges)
By replacing a kerosene lamp with a d. light product, a beneficiary can expect
- A positive impact on education of kids – as they can read now
- Cost savings of up to 10000 INR over five years
- Increased safety from the elimination of accidental fires caused by kerosene lamps,
- Better health
- Increased productivity & a change in lifestyle
- Reduced carbon emissions
A combination of the above 3 models is what each household gets.
Images of a typical village in this area:
Villagers earn only 500 to 1500 INR pm through farming.They spend 100 to 250 INR pm on kerosene
About us:The Good Samaritans
The foundation for The Good Samaritans was laid in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India in 1977 by Emil Jebasingh and Ananthi Jebasingh. With the help of like-minded friends like, Prof. Jeyam Navaraj, Dr Prince Vedaraj, Mr. & Mrs. Albert, Mr. R. Jeyaraj and Mr A Stephen extending a helping hand for the cause of the poor. This movement gained momentum. The Good Samaritans was Registered as a Society on the 12th February 1979 in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, with Emil Jebasingh as its founding Chairman.
The vision of Good Samaritans is – Uplifting the underprivileged by involving the privileged.
It is our mission – To identify the hopelessness of the economically poor, to take initiatives to restore them to confident living by teaming up with similar minded individuals and agencies, maintaining transparency and integrity.
Through the years we have,
- Started a Sewing and Tailoring Centre in 1979 to help the underprivileged and give them a vocation to earn a livelihood.
- Type-writing Centre started in 1980 with 9 needy students
Today 277 of students have passed out of the centre with certifications.
- Computer Centre started in 2002 with a 1 year training course in Computer with 8 students
Today 169 needy students have completed the course and have been helped with placements.
- Constructions: Constructed 110 houses in 1979 for the Fire Victims in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu.
- Relief and Rehabilitation: Participated in Relief and Rehabilitation work in Gujarat when the Earth quake (7.9 Richter scale) struck on Jan-26-2001 (Republic Day) 8 am. Constructed 231 houses for the Earth quake victims of Mathak village, Alwar District, in partnership with Gujarat State Government.
- Houses for Kandhamal riot Victims: We have constructed 2741 houses for the Kandhamal riot Victims in the State of Orissa who lost their houses in the 2008 riots.
Details about the Solar lighting device partner:
LIGHTING PARTNER: d. light SOLAR: Their innovative, affordable solar-energy solutions are transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy. They envision a future where everyone is empowered by the freedom and improved quality of life that comes with access to reliable, affordable & clean solar energy. They have already impacted over 65 million people across 62 developing countries. Their aim is to reach 100 million people by 2020.
Images from the previous solar lamp distribution campaign. This one benefited 181 homes in ODISHA
What are the crowdfunding charges?
Fueladream charges 2% for the payment for the payment gateway and 7% as crowdfunding charges. With GST the total comes to 10.62%. There is also an initial fee of 3000 INR which is being waived for us.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an Idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream is a crowdfunding site and platform in India that allows for such a pooling of funds.
You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on a FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.