“My neighbours woke me up. I gathered my family and we just ran uphill to save ourselves” said farmer Prem Bahadur Pun, from a village in Surkhet, Nepal, affected by the Bheri River floods of 2014. “By morning, our house was gone, the cattle were gone, my land was gone. I lost everything.” Pun said. Others were not so lucky.
“So many people are missing … including one of my neighbours, his wife and two grandchildren.” After the flood, many men were forced to migrate for work, earning pitiful amounts but still not enough to feed their families. Immediate disaster assistance has melted away leaving communities without help, some still living in tents in nearby forests, four years later.
Track my Electricity wants to help change this situation for 2 750 people in three villages in Surkhet, Nepal, who are still living with the impact of the 2014 floods. By supporting this new and highly innovative project, Solar Energy for Community Resilience in Nepal (SECuRE) by Renewable World, we are helping with installation of a simple solar micro-grid solution which will power:
- a new flood-warning system serving the most at risk communities
- a health center to provide lighting and refrigeration for medicines and vaccines, and
- lighting and power for homes and small businesses, increasing health, well-being, productivity and ultimately incomes.