March 12 2021

News from the project supported by Action for Karuna!

In November 2020, Karuna launched a major call to action as part of our solidarity movement: Action For Karuna. More than 70 people got involved by organizing virtual or face-to-face events, and thanks to the 1,160 participants and donors, they raised funds via our crowdfunding platform.

The goal? To fund our solar electrification project in Nepal and train 12 women as solar technicians. Since then, so much has happened on site. Discover the news of this project.


In Nepal, many isolated villages are forced to live without electricity for various geographical, social, economic and political reasons. Despite the country’s capacity to produce hydroelectricity, 35% of Nepalese are not connected to the national electricity grid. Our program therefore proposes to provide electricity to isolated communities that are deprived of it.

Nepal enjoys approximately 300 days of sunshine per year, giving it great potential for solar energy technology, including solar home systems. Karuna-Shechen’s rural electrification program, which harnesses this potential while empowering women, aims to help rural communities without electricity by providing access to this energy while generating income.


As part of the project, a 15-day training program was organized for the women, where they received information on solar electrification and entrepreneurship.

Balman, the program manager and coordinator of the training, explains: “This training enabled 12 women to become qualified solar technicians. Each participant was able to gain technical knowledge about solar lighting systems and is able to install and even repair them.”

 

Devi lives in Udaypur village in Nepal with her husband and two daughters. She is one of the 12 women who have benefited from the training: “I believe that women are just as capable as men if they have access to the same education. I am confident that the skills I have learned in this training will open up new opportunities for me to earn a living and give my children a better life. I’m going to open a small business too: I’m going to manage a budget and analyze the market as best I can so I can seize opportunities, take initiative!

 

To discover more testimonials on the solar electrification project and women’s entrepreneurship training project, you can check out the video made for International Women’s Day!

 

After the training, 600 households without electricity were selected for the distribution of solar home lighting systems. Kumari Pariyar, a beneficiary villager, testifies: “Due to lack of lighting source, we face lots of hardship for doing regular household chores in the evening. We can tend the livestock only after dawn. After installation of solar home system, I won’t have to work in the darkness again and my children can  study for longer period of time in the evening.”

 

Thanks to all of Action for Karunas participants and donors, Nepalese families have a brighter future. Thank you

 


Action for Karuna returns the week of May 24-30, 2021!
Ready to deploy all your creativity and solidarity?

After a successful 3rd edition in November 2020, which brought together thousands of people all motivated by altruism in action, Karuna’s movement of solidarity initiatives returns, this time at the end of spring!

Whether you are a yoga teacher, a meditator, a coach, a student, ahead or member of a company, a sports(wo)man, a school teacher… you can create a solidarity project, alone or in a team, and unite your friends and family to support Karuna-Shechen’s projects.

Join the Action For Karuna movement today. Register and create your collection page. Together, let’s move towards a more altruistic world.