Portable solar lights for families on the remote Upper Dolpo, whose only source of light is fire.
In 2017, when we trekked to Nepal's Upper Dolpo to visit the schools we support, we took 15 portable solar lights. LuminAID's discounted price for each light is ~ $20 US. We wanted to test their durability and usefulness so only took a few for elders with very poor vision.
Within an hour, many other villagers were asking for “light?”
In 2018 we raised enough money for 125 lights. They are proving extremely useful; as a general light in the home, to travel to the toilet at night; to help students read and study in the evenings, and to visit neighbours. Also, many of the older adults suffer from very poor eyesight due to exposure to long hours of sunlight working in the fields at such high elevation (14,000 feet!). They say these lights have really improved their quality of life.
For 2019, we have a request for 100 more lights, complete with names and village location.
LuminAID ships the lights to Kathmandu and they are transported to the Upper Dolpo for the start of the school year, much of the distance by mule or yak.
Every dollar raised will be sent to Nepal. Please help make a difference!
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Tashi delek (Tibetan), Namaste (Nepali) and a sincere Thank you