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Come together to raise fund to light up the remotest village in Ladakh

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 Himalaya.

The region has approx. 100 remote villages most of which do not have access to grid-based electricity. Some of these villages lay at an average trek distance of 4-5days from the nearest motorable roads. Due to the inhospitable terrain, the development of these villages has thus been very limited. There is no mobile connectivity in these villages and very few medical facilities 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 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.

GHE work has been recognized by World Economic Forum and The World Travel & Tourism Council

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,  which is at an altitude of 13,500 ft.

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 i.e. Rs. 70,261 per participant (which include 25% material cost and 75% cost of survey, expedition, and installation).

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

Travel to and from Leh: $233-311 i.e. Rs. 15,000 - 20,000
Trekking gear (shoes, sleeping bag, woolen jackets, gloves etc.):  $233-311 i.e. Rs. 15,000 - 20,000

The total expedition cost per participant is around $1722 i.e. Rs. 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

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More about MHE/GHE:

  • GHE has till date electrified 55 villages since it began with its pilot model of DC-based electrification in 2014.
  • Installed a total of 257 micro-grids with a total capacity of 41.8 kW.
  • GHE has created 20 home-stays for tourists in the villages that have been electrified.
  • There has been an increase in income of approximately $44,000 across the 25 villages electrified through engagement in tourism in 2017.
  • GHE has also trained 35 villagers as entry-level solar grid technicians.
  • GHE has indirectly and directly employed 70 villagers to assist in its expeditions, village surveys, and the solar grid installations. Of this number, 15 have been women who are leading home-stay related activities.
  • Saved approximately 103 tons of Kerosene on an annual basis and helped mitigate 256 tons of CO2 gases on an annual basis from these solar electrified villages.

"Be the change you want to see in the world - Mahatma Gandhi"
Hitesh Kumar Mahawar,
M.Tech. Student, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT Bombay
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विश्व भर से आये दस लोगो के समूह ने हिमालय की वादियों में बसे एक दूरदराज गांव को बिजली देने की ठानी हैं:

क्या आपमें कभी किसीकी मदद करने का भाव आया है? ऐसे लोग जो की पिछड़े हैं और जो की सभी मूलभूत सुविधाओं से वंचित है जैसे की बिजली, सड़क और पानी। क्या आपने कभी किसीके घर को प्रकाश से उजागर करने का सोचा हैं जिन्होंने कभी भी अपने जीवन में एक बल्ब तक नहीं देखा?

अगर आपका ऊपर किये गए किसी भी सवाल का जवाब हाँ हैं तो धन्यवाद। आप समाज की परेशानिओं से अवगत हैं और आप उन सभी लोगो से सहानुभूति रखते हैं जो जीवन में इन समस्याओं से रोज़ रूबरू होते हैं। आपके पास एक सुनहरा मौका हैं इन सभी लोगो की मदद करने का।

गांव में बिजली लाने में मुझे मदद करे और देश को और समानता की तरफ ले जाये।
आपकी छोटी सी सहायता किसी के जिंदगी मैं सकारात्मक बदलाव ला सकती है। आप किसीके ख़ुशी का कारण बन सकते है।

तो इंतज़ार न करे और साथ आये और जितना हो सके उतनी मदद करे।

किसीकी मुस्कराहट का कारन बने और सहयोग करे।
Acceptance Letter for the Expedition
Acceptance Letter for the Expedition
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5th May 2018

Thanks for your patience.
It gives me immense pleasure to share with all of you that we electrified the Chalak Village and this could not have been possible without your generous support.

Now, you are the reason for the smile on the faces of the villagers who saw the light bulb in their homes for the 1st time. Thanks a lot for donating to this campaign and making others life little easier and bringing the world a little closer.

Thanks a lot for having faith in me and supporting me for this expedition. This crowdfunding campaign and electrification expedition are very special to me as it is the 1st time I was doing something as challenging as this.

Please visit the link below for detail story of this electrification expedition:
My Story Of Electrifying A Village In Himalayas @ 13,500 Ft.

Thanks a ton to all of you!

Keep supporting and helping others and keep inspiring others with whatever work you do in your life :)

Julley! (Thanks in Ladakhi)
Hitesh Kumar Mahawar

16th March 2018

Thank you so much for being a part of my crowdfunding campaign! Thanks to you and many others.

Your generous contribution is just a few days away to be used for electrifying the Chalak village in the Markha valley region of Leh @13,5000 ft of Himalaya.

I am starting my journey today (16th March 2018) to Leh and now required to withdraw the amount raised through the crowdfunding.

I'll update all of you once the solar installation is being done and share some photos of the same.

Thank you again! Keep supporting and contributing to the causes which matter to you and society :)

Thanks and Regards,

P.S. My revised estimate for the expedition is Rs. 140,000 whereas I am glad to announce that I managed to raise Rs. 132,000 from online and offline funding processes.
8th February 2018

As the deadline to transfer the cost to GHE nears I would be making my first withdrawal towards the expedition. I thank you for contributing to the cause and promise to keep you updated about the process and the expedition as things happen.

Thank you again for making this possible and helping me help society.

In case you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

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Anonymous donated Rs.2,000
5 months ago

Wish you all the best

Rana donated Rs.500
5 months ago

Hope you continue this good work and inspire others!

Abhijit donated Rs.20
6 months ago
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6 months ago
Neeraj donated Rs.20,000
6 months ago

Keep up the good work

Aditya donated Rs.500
6 months ago