In response to these escalating disasters, the non-profit organization “Mountain Heart Nepal” was formed, with a primary mission to improve health service delivery in rural Nepal. This organization constructs health clinics in remote areas and sponsors medical and surgical treatment. It also provides education for underprivileged children living in rural areas.
In a joint effort with the non-profit Direct Relief (a humanitarian aid organization with a mission to improve the lives of people affected by poverty or emergency) and Mountain Heart Nepal, Unite to Light donated solar lights to villages without any access to electricity that had been affected by the disasters in Nepal. One of these villages was Ratamatea-3, in the Sinduli District. Mountain Heart followed a day in the life of a young child from this village to highlight the struggles of living without reliable sources of electricity.
“Saroj, a diligent boy of eight from this very village, has been using kerosene lamps to do his homework. Due to the lack of access to electricity in both his house and his school, Saroj and his friends frequently rush to their homes at the end of the school day in order to study or complete their assignments before dark. Such is the condition of the students and people there. The lack of electricity has not only kept individuals from accessing their basic needs but has come to be a major hindrance in the growth and development of the people and the village itself. Furthermore, the effects of indoor air pollution (from kerosene and wood-burning stoves) causing acute respiratory infections remain a major threat to the poor health-related quality of life.”
Even before the earthquakes, life in remote villages in Nepal was a challenge. The shipment of 120 solar lights to the students at Tamlingbhanjyang Secondary School represents opportunity, hope and excitement. A simple solar light can transform the possibilities of what the future holds for these children.