Rural Solar Lighting hazard. Kerosene lanterns emit 1/3rd of a empowerment will be a key feature.
ton of carbon dioxide every year, and the Villagers will be able to get the charged
Project total emissions in a villages are significant battery/light units for a cost that is equal to
as hundreds of millions people use them. or less than what the currently subsidized
Leaders of the Initiative price that they pay for kerosene.
We will make an attempt to make solar
Hari Lamba, Downers Grove, IL lights available at an affordable cost, Initial Project Locations
Jiwan Parkash Sondhi, Detroit, MI especially to the poorest in the villages.
Families in each cluster of villages will be Deendayal Research Institute (DRI),
OBJECTIVE benefited in terms of the availability of Siyaram Kutir, Chitrakoot, Dist. Satna,
lighting derived from clean energy for their Madhya Pradesh, 485331, INDIA, Phone
To encourage and promote the Use of income generating crafts activities, the 91-7670-265353 , 91-7670-265623 , 91-
Alternative Energy Resources such as provision of more reading hours for their 05198-224-427, Fax. 91-07670-265510
solar, wind and bio-energy, for meeting the school age children, and creating more E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
urgent needs of villagers in India. employment opportunities to local Website: www.chitrakoot.org
entrepreneurs, many of whom may be
Where and How We Will Begin women. The Sehgal Foundation, IRRAD Green
Energy Training Centre, Gurgaon, Haryana
We will begin with implementing the use of Proposed Approach website: www.smsfoundation.org
solar lights to replace kerosene lamps in the Email: Jay.email@example.com
villages near Gurgaon, Haryana and
Kerosene lamps that have been used in
Chitrakoot, M.P., India to provide benefits to DRI has set up a comprehensive
India are traditionally for indoor lighting at
the villagers such as gainful employment, infrastructure that will help in the
night, and for undertaking urgent family
improvement of health, and replacement of implementation of this initiative. Besides the
tasks outside the home. School going
pollution causing kerosene lamps with solar Centre at Chitrakoot, they have educated
children have limited facility to study at
lamps. resident couples living in the surrounding
night, as they have to use kerosene lamps.
If they are replaced with solar lamps, school area. Also, Mr. Sondhi has set up a training
Current Conditions room, and already installed, on a trial basis,
children can study and function for more
number of hours at night. The germ of the 18 solar lights and 4 solar street lights in
Kerosene lanterns use heavily subsidized some of the surrounding villages.
initiative is to replace kerosene lamps with
kerosene, which is very polluting, causes
solar energy charged lamps with small
indoor air pollution enough to cause severe
batteries that use LEDs (light emitting
respiratory problems for children in
diodes) that use very little power. Women
enclosed village huts, and pose a fire
How can you help?
Rural Solar Lighting Project
Help dispel the darkness, and light up their
lives, by making a tax deductible donation.
An Initiative of
$25 gets a solar lantern for a hut - $100
gets solar lights for a village house – any
multiples of those are welcome too.
Please write a check payable to, “IDCA”, India Development
and earmarked to the “Rural Solar Light
project”. Please mail it to: Coalition of America
Sankeerna Sun-Kiran 360 Hari S. Lamba, 6921 Creekside Rd. Promoting Collaboration, networking,
A variety of solar lanterns are available Downers Grove, Illinois 60516 volunteering, giving, sharing to accelerate
today. The main components are, 1) a sustainable development in India to alleviate
Poverty and mitigate climate change.
small solar panel, a rechargeable battery, (630) 347-2258 (Cell)
and LED (light emitting diode) lights that use
very little electricity and provide similar light To find out more about IDCA, please
Inform, Inspire, Involve
levels to incandescent & CFL lights.
Prakasam Tata, Ph.D., QEP, President, http://idcoa.cloverpad.org
IDCA, 1213 Stonebriar Court, Naperville, IL
60540 Tel: 630-848-1933, Fax: 630-848-
1934. firstname.lastname@example.org 1-630-303-9592
Jiwan Prakash Sondhi
Chairman, Livelihood Initiatives, IDCA
29325.Kennedy Ct. Farmington hills, MI- email: email@example.com
48331 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SOLAR LED 33 LEDs - 2LAMPS & A 10