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Contribute to electrify a remote Himalayan village with clean energy

Hello,

I’m about to embark on an extremely exciting adventure. I’m selected to be part of a team that will electrify Tyokma, a remote village in the Himalayan region of Ladakh that doesn’t have electricity. And hold on, it gets better: We’re installing a solar microgrid. Which means that it isn’t just development, it’s sustainable development.

I’m going to be a part of the Climate Action Expedition 2019 organised by the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE). GHE focuses on providing renewable energy access to remote off-grid communities. They have electrified over 90 villages in the Ladakh region now, through installation of solar microgrids. Solar microgrids consist of a grid of solar panels and batteries that enable the village to self-sustain and be independent of the larger electric grid in the region.


The currently used source of energy in villages like these has been kerosene, which not only poses negative effects on health but also has a severe adverse effect on the environment. Provision of clean energy can help offset 12 tons of Carbon dioxide emissions for a village of 100 homes, annually. Moreover, the electrification of each of these villages can help lift several homes out of poverty through enabling education, creation of livelihoods and empowerment of the local communities.

This July, with your help, I’m going make an effort to bring light to this village. I’ve also decided to plant a tree for every person that helps fund this expedition, because a little green support can go a long way. 
 
Spread the word!
Sending lots of love, gratitude and good green vibes your way,
Annanya

For more information on the kind of work that GHE does, watch this short film.
For more information on the benefits of solar microgrids, read this.
For more reasons as to why you should donate, watch the movie Swades.
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31st July 2019
Hello!

I’m back and so absolutely thrilled to have undergone such an experience. I have a lot to tell you but will first thank you all for contributing and helping out in whatever way you could. I ended up raising Rs. 1,92,771, which was a lot more than I’d expected to raise.





We ultimately didn’t electrify Tyokma. We electrified Yougar, a village in the Zanskar Valley that is home to 125 people in 8 households. Through a combination of road travel and trekking, it took us 4 days to get there from Leh, the capital city of Ladakh.



Living in the village and electrifying it was a great learning experience. The community there has so little but has a lifestyle that is very happy, simple and sustainable. The means of livelihood there are almost negligible and almost everything is produced for self-sustenance.



One of the biggest changes that electrification will help make is improved time use, as it will enable them to do more productive work after sundown; be it studying, cooking or knitting. The other big advantage will be decreased reliance on kerosene lamps that pose health hazards for the community. This is especially pertinent since the nearest medical facility is a 2 day trek away. All in all, the villagers were absolutely thrilled and have a joint bank account where they have regularly been pooling in money to maintain the solar micro grid in the future.

Here is an article in the local news about the work we’ve done:
http://greaterjammu.com/ghe-provides-solar-micorgrid-to-village-yougar/

Thank you all once again and I will now get to planting all of those 58 trees, all in your name :)



Hello!

I’m back and so absolutely thrilled to have undergone such an experience. I have a lot to tell you but will first thank you all for contributing and helping out in whatever way you could. I ended up raising Rs. 1,92,771, which was a lot more than I’d expected to raise.





We ultimately didn’t electrify Tyokma. We electrified Yougar, a village in the Zanskar Valley that is home to 125 people in 8 households. Through a combination of road travel and trekking, it took us 4 days to get there from Leh, the capital city of Ladakh.



Living in the village and electrifying it was a great learning experience. The community there has so little but has a lifestyle that is very happy, simple and sustainable. The means of livelihood there are almost negligible and almost everything is produced for self-sustenance.



One of the biggest changes that electrification will help make is improved time use, as it will enable them to do more productive work after sundown; be it studying, cooking or knitting. The other big advantage will be decreased reliance on kerosene lamps that pose health hazards for the community. This is especially pertinent since the nearest medical facility is a 2 day trek away. All in all, the villagers were absolutely thrilled and have a joint bank account where they have regularly been pooling in money to maintain the solar micro grid in the future.

Here is an article in the local news about the work we’ve done:
http://greaterjammu.com/ghe-provides-solar-micorgrid-to-village-yougar/

Thank you all once again and I will now get to planting all of those 58 trees, all in your name :)



30th June 2019
Hello all,

I will be setting off for the expedition tomorrow. Thank you to each and everyone for all of the support and good will. I am honestly blown over by how kind and benevolent everyone has been.

I will give you a detailed update once I'm back from the expedition.

I'm so glad there are so many people willing to contribute to such a worthy cause.

Best,

Annanya 
Hello all,

I will be setting off for the expedition tomorrow. Thank you to each and everyone for all of the support and good will. I am honestly blown over by how kind and benevolent everyone has been.

I will give you a detailed update once I'm back from the expedition.

I'm so glad there are so many people willing to contribute to such a worthy cause.

Best,

Annanya 
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Rs.168,771 raised

Goal: Rs.210,000

Beneficiary: Annanya Mahajan info_outline

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So proud of you 😊

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Good Luck Ananya !