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10 People From Across The Globe Are Coming Together To Light Up Ladakh’s Remotest Village

Posted by Hitesh Mahawar in Society, Volunteerism
January 24, 2018

Have you ever thought of helping someone? Someone who is underprivileged, someone who is not having basic facilities. Have you ever thought of lighting up someone’s house who has never seen a bulb in their life?

If your answer is yes for any of the above questions, then thank you. You know about the problems existing in society and identify yourself with the people who are facing these problems on a daily basis. Here is an opportunity to help these people.

Mountain Homestay Expedition (MHE)/Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) seeks to provide clean energy, education, and wireless connectivity access through solar power, to help improve the living standards of the rural population. The initiative focuses on implementing a holistic development model for the rural un-electrified Himalayan communities by providing energy access through solar micro-grids for these remote villages located in the higher reaches of the Himalayas.

The region has approximately 100 remote villages, most of which do not have access to grid-based electricity. Some of these villages are at an average trek distance of 4-5 days from the nearest motorable roads. Due to the inhospitable terrain, the development of these villages has been very limited. There is no mobile connectivity in these villages and very few medical facilities, which are limited to some villages only. All the people living in these villages come below the poverty line and are able to only sustain their basic livelihood from the crops they grow and the animals they rear.  Energy access intervention has acted as a tool for further development and growth in these remote areas and has led to an increase in income and livelihood creation.

This March, I am delighted to join the MHE 2018’s team of 10 members from across the globe, selected after various rounds of screening process, to accomplish the noble goal of providing electricity to these villages by installing a solar microgrid. This time, we are going to electrify a remote village in the Markha valley of Ladakh called Chalak.

To accomplish this mission, I need some financial support to participate in the process and contribute in the expense of installing the solar microgrid.

MHE 2018’s expedition cost is $1100 ie ₹70,261 per participant (which includes 25% material cost and 75% cost of survey, expedition, and installation).

Other costs (not included in participant’s fee) are:

Travel to and from Leh: $233 – $311 ie, ₹15,000 – ₹20,000.

Trekking gear (shoes, sleeping bag, woolen jackets, gloves etc.):  $233 – $311 ie, ₹15,000 – ₹20,000.

The total expedition cost per participant is around $1722 ie, ₹110,000. Help me to electrify a village and help the country to become more equal.

Your small contribution can bring a positive change in others’ lives.

Thanks and lots of love.

To fund the expedition, click here.

Hitesh Kumar Mahawar is a student, M.Tech, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay.