A reliable community center is crucial for the community to hold variety of cultural activities and encourage community members to interact through social and cultural gathering. Yambalama community center located Helambu Rural Municipality-1, 75 km away from Capital city Kathmandu did not have reliable electricity because of frequent local power outages, and quality light system that did not emit strong enough light.
When there is a power outages these communities still obtain light form Kerosene which directly affects the health of people including lung and eye diseases and the price of these liquid fuel increase with a village distance from the road and must be carried from there on. This makes the communities difficulties in walking from a distance.
With supports from a campaign “Light up a Life for a Better Nepal” (committed to providing sustainable solar light to people with limited or no access to electricity) initiated by climate activists Phurpa Lama installed 20 LED lights and 400 Watts photovoltaic panels, the community center now have a reliable solar electricity and mobile charger access transforming the quality of life and brightening the darker hours. Altogether 22 households or around 110 people, benefited directly and indirectly from these community sustainable lighting source and helped educate communities about uses of solar electricity.
“The relationship between renewable energy sources and the communities we expect to host them must be appropriate and sustainable and above all, acceptable to local people”