Rural Solar Home Lighting Program implemented by AIDA Don Boscoin collaboration with Barefoot College (BFC)TiloniaRajasthan and supported by Coco Cola Foundation (CCF) and APPLE Foundation was inaugurated symbolically by switching on of solar lamp by Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong district at Taron village on 06 August 2017 and by Mr. DipuGangmei, Chief Executive Officer, Tamenglong district at Pinjang village on 08 August 2017 in the presence of villagers, AIDA representatives and Barefoot College representatives.
The rural solar home lighting programme covered a total of 450 households in 6 villages. 8 women from the 6 villages were trained as Solar Mamas (solar engineers) for 6 months at Barefoot College Tilonia Rajasthan in 2016-2017. These 8 women are hardly educated and they are 35 to 60 years old. All the 8 women are cultivators but today they have succeeded to give light to 450 households in Tamenglong district of Manipur.
Coca Cola Foundation (CCF) sponsored 250 solar sets, 20 solar lamps and 12 solar lamps without battery and 2 REWs with spare equipment to light Gaengluan – 1 (Part 1,2,5), Gaengluan – 2 (Part 3,4) villages of Khoupum subdivision,Tamenglong district Manipur. Apple Foundation sponsored 200 solar sets, 212 solar lampsand 2 REWs with spare equipment to light Tharonvillage part 1 & 2 of Tamenglongdistrict. The equipment were sent from Barefoot Colalge, Tilonia, Rajasthan. The training cost of solar mamas was borne by Barefoot College, Tilonia.
We are grateful to all the department heads of Barfoot college, Tilonia, Rajasthan, Apple Foundation and Coco Cola Foundation, village authorities of all the villages who are the beneficiaries of the project, VEEC members and leaders, solar mamas and AIDA-IRDP Project Tamenglong staffs – Mr. Lanthou Mark Gonmei, Mr. GaisangamLawranceKamsuan and Mr. ChingkhiubiGangmeifor their dedication and commitment to the project.
It must be mentioned that Rural Solar Home Lighting Program is one such project which was implemented as per the spirit of the project by the beneficiaries themselves. Another hallmark of this project is that whatever was mentioned during the planning stage were delivered at the time of implementation of the project.