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Lighting up homes of remote villages in India

August 17, 2011 divider image

Regular Meeting: Thursday 11th Aug 2011

Yatendra Agrawal - EcoSOLUTIONS

WE CANNOT ALWAYS DO GREAT THINGS. BUT WE CAN ALWAYS DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE!!!

These words of Mother Teresa seem so true, when we see some good happening in the world. And this was how, we all felt when we heard our guest speaker, Mr. Yatendra Agrawal from Mumbai. Mr. Agrawal is a Director of EcoSOLUTIONS Foundation (USA) and has worked internationally with Schlumberger Oildfield Services for 16 yrs. Now he is full-time dedicated to expand the activities of EcoSOLUTIONS (NGO), which is working primarily in providing solar solutions in villages.

An IITian from Powai, Mumbai, Mr Agrawal, has taken it upon himself to bring light into the lives of the rural population of India. The government is supposed to have done that but even the outskirts of Mumbai are still in darkness. Most of the villages in the viscinity of Wild Life Parks also face a dark and bleak future.

Mr Agrawal has the franchise for China made SOLAR LIGHTS, which he gives to villagers. An Rs.850/- worth, LED light is sold to the villagers anywhere from Rs.200/- to Rs.20/- or even given free of cost, depending on the financial status of the buyer. Complete with a Solar Panel, the unit is charged during the day with sunlight and used in the evening for as many as 16 hrs. With a reasonably long life of 3-5 yrs., these lights have changed the lives of many.

Earlier Project incharge Shiraz Doongaji, introduced to us, families of people, who have made a tremendous difference to the society, by donating their eyes after death. 3 of such nobel families were given, certificates of appreciation from the club. Greetings, Rotary Information, Project Announcements were other items on the agenda that day.

The visiting speaker was introduced by Vipul Gupta and the Vote of Thanks was given by Alok Goenka. PP Dr. Manmohan Daga spoke a few words in memory of Rtn Ram Gavande of Dist.6690 who has been a partner in quite a few of our Matching Grant Projects.

Rtn.Manju Shahani

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