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Solar light distribution on the eve of International Women’s Day

Women play a crucial role in the protection and conservation of our environment and natural resource management. Strengthening the role of women in conservation and with the aim to provide them access to sustainable energy, Balipara Foundation celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 th March, by hosting a joint event with MASK at a village near Bhalukpong.

Solar light is one of the sustainable solutions for socio-economic development of rural communities. It enhances productivity, convenience and quality of life. Women in electricity deprived households wake up long before dawn to finish their household chores and rush to work. Children in these households do not have light to study at night. And the side-effects of using candles and kerosene have damaging consequences on the health. According to Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD, 2007) without adequate supplies of affordable energy, it is impossible to improve health, education and reduction of poverty.

Recognizing the need to foster socio-economic development of these women and to empower their role in conservation, Balipara Foundation played a key role as a contributor to the initiative. The entire event was organized by the women of the village starting from the construction of the hall using bamboo and clothes to providing light refreshment. The programme started with the felicitation of the guests including members of Balipara Foundation.

Followed by a lamp lightning ceremony by Darshana and Mary from Balipara Foundation. After that, Mary Dutta gave a speech on the importance of the day and also a brief on the vision, mission and objective of Balipara Foundation.

180 solar lights of Sun King brand were distributed among the people from 25 villages. 10 lights were also distributed to the members of the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark, who were devoid of electricity at their homes. A start up guide was provided to the beneficiaries by Eliza Bodo from MASK. The event concluded with a vote of thanks given by a local woman.

Below is the list of villages covered and number of household:

SL

Village

HH

1

GOYBARI

28

2

BEHER GAMI

37

3

NO-2 KADAMGURI

7

4

DALANGURI

30

5

RWISUMWIJULI

12

6

ANJALIPARA

16

7

SONAISHREE NORTH

18

8

SONAISHREE SOUTH

12

9

NO-1 DIMAPUR

46

10

BATHWOPURI

6

11

MAIBONG NWGWR

27

12

NO-2 DIMAPUR

11

13

NO-1 MAIDANGSHREE

55

14

AONTHAIBARI

13

15

DWIPHANGJIRI

55

16

SANTIPUR

25

17

HAJOGUDI

10

18

MAINAOGURI

16

19

NIJWMPUR(BORIGAMI)

19

20

BG DWIMUGRI

28

21

BALIGAON

44

22

GANESH PATHAR

8

23

RWMWI GAMI

16

24

RAMJULI

18

25

THARAIBARI

14

 

 Total

571

 

 

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