500 engineers join hands to light up houses of Vidarbha farmers

So far 250 solar lamps have been distributed to the farmers' families in Yavatmal,Amravati and Washim.

Written by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Pune | Published:December 20, 2013 4:04 am

In a unique programme that has lighted up the lives of families of farmers who have committed suicide,Pune’s 500 engineers have helped install solar power lamps at some of the remote parts of Vidarbha. Pune-based NGO Apulkee that consists of more than 500 software professionals have installed solar power lamps in the houses of 250 such families .

Since last month,Apulkee has been involved in this mission. Sachin Pachpor,member of the group,said they decided to distribute solar lamps to them given the poor electrical connectivity in the region.

“The families are located in isolated clusters and face long hours of power cut. Due to the death of the bread winner of the families,it often falls on the women folk to fend for the family. When they come home in the evening,a dark house without power greets them where in they have to prepare their dinner,” he said. Pachpor said lamps would help the women folk of the household and also help the children study,” he said.

Apulkee since its formation a year ago has been active in solving issues related to farmers in Vidharbha. The group has many people from Vidarbha’s farmer families. “Through this group we are reaffirming our links and helping the area in our own way,” he said.

The idea of the latest venture called Prakashvat,came from their first-hand experience. “Our effort is to light up their lives to some extend,” said the founding president of the group Abhijeet Phalke. The group has dedicated this venture to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar.

The group members through their posts in social networking sites announced this venture and asked for donations. Also the group managed to tie up with a manufacturer of solar lamps in Pune who agreed to give the product at a concessional rate.

“Generating money for the group was not difficult given the background of our members. On our part we conducted rigorous checks on the backgrounds of the families before donating the lamps,” said Pachpor.

Of the 290 lamps collected,the group till date have distributed lamps in areas of Yavatmal,Amravati,Washim,Kharanja Ghatge and other areas of Vidarbha. The remaining lamps will be distributed to families in the Lonar region. The success of the venture has made the group members think and plan for the next step.

“We are now appealing to groups to carry out such a venture in their areas. We hope our move will act as a catalyst for many to join,” he said.

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