Starting November 12, non-profit organization Solar Village Project (SVP) has launched a 45-Day Crowdfunding Campaign to raise $15,000 to install solar panels on 3 schools in rural India and distribute solar lights to 300 students.
“The solar arrays will cost $3,000 per school. The 300 solar lights for the children to use at home will cost $6,000”—according to a press statement by Solar Village Project.
The three schools chosen under the initiative are located in three under-served rural villages in Maharashtra, a state in the West-central region of India. The solar lanterns to be distributed to the 300 hundred students will provide clean bright light for them to study at night. The solar panels installed on their schools will ensure they have consistent access to electricity for things like lights, fans and electrical outlets.
The solar array will also provide the necessary power for Solar Village Project’s partner organization in these projects, the local NGO, Think Sharp Foundation.
Think Sharp’s mission is to bridge the rural-urban education divide by providing under-served communities with educational infrastructure via digital learning tools, libraries, and after school activities.
The Solar Village Project actively assists Indian and African families improve their lives through access, acquisition, maintenance and knowledge of solar power systems in homes with no other power source. It implemented its first full-scale village project in August 2014, distributing 75 solar home lighting systems, one for every home in Gauterine Village located in Bihar.