“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
Have you ever thought of helping someone? You might have thought and even helped many people in some of the other way. Now if you get an opportunity to help hundreds of people by putting your life in danger, would you still be ready with the same enthusiasm to help them?
If your answer is YES then a big salute to you 🙂
Looking at the mass there will be very few individuals that would agree to risk their lives to help people.
More than 1.2 billion people in the world don’t have excess to the electricity and on the top of it, India is home to more than 300 million that either lives in the dark and don’t have access to electricity. Electricity not only is required to light up homes but it also brings many dreams.
This thing was understood by Mr. Paras Loomba, an ECE engineer and started the Global Himalayan Expedition(GHE). Talking about it, it’s an expedition group with the mission to provide renewable energy access to the one billion people of the world that are still living in the darkness without access to electricity. GHE conducts expeditions to these unelectrified villages where responsible travelers come together to provide Solar Energy to these remote communities and create a life long impact.
GHE seeks to improve the living the standards of the rural population living high above on the Himalayas by installing solar micro-grids. It’s been 140 years since the first light bulb was invented but there exist people who haven’t used them yet.
The Himalayan region has approximately 100 remote villages that don’t have access to electricity. There are many groups like GHE that are helping to electrify the villages but they operate only on the villages that are easily reachable.
Imagine you are on a trek on high altitude struggling to breathe while walking on the narrow paths, one mistake and it will cost you your life. Yet, the GHE team continued trekking to electrify the remotest villages in the Ladakh. The trekking group has traveled more than 300 km through dodgy roads, fast-moving streams, and steep valleys via four wheelers and then trekked for 125 km to reach their destination carrying the materials with them. Till date the GHE group have electrified 94 remotest villages as on 10 June 2019, changing lives of around 40,000 people.
Outcomes of electrification of villages:
- HEALTH: Earlier, before the microgrids were installed the villagers used to burn a lot of fuel to keep themselves warm during winters, resulting in pollution and causing health issues. Now that they got the electricity they need not burn fuel.
- Enhanced Lifestyle: Electrification of the villages increased their income as the tourist homestays increased in their villages. This brought them more income thus helping them enhance their living.
- Migration: People seeing lights in the houses, they are migrating to the village that has been electrified, thus increasing the revenue of the village.
- Educating people: Apart from electrifying the villages the team also trains two people from each village to maintain the solar microgrid. GHE team established an education center called “Third Pole Education Base” with an aim to impart digital and experiential education for the students of Ladakh.