“Yuva For Sewa” starts project “Suryoday” in Koraput with its first village Bedaguda
20th November 2011
A group of volunteers of Yuva for Sewa (YfS), went to a remote tribal village Bedaguda under Tankua Panchayat on top of the hills of Koraput on 20th November, 2011 to give eco friendly solar lanterns for free to the villagers under the project “Suryoday”. YfS is a charitable trust run by young volunteers with an aim of making youths more and more involved in charitable works.
With its project “Suryoday” which was inaugurated by its esteemed patron Dr. P.K. Mishra, Ex-IAS on 2nd June, 2011, YFS has made a plan for Odisha to completely replace the kerosene lanterns with its unique environment friendly cost effective solar lanterns by 2020. Through donations received from individual donors, the organisation is availing solar lanterns to poor and needy people who are still staying in remotest of the areas which are un-electrified and has not been covered under any central (RGGVY, RVEP) or state scheme (BGJY) till date.
Odisha has got many households who do not have the proper energy sources to lightify their homes or for cooking purpose. Still today, many houses in the rural areas are burning kerosene to lightify their houses. It includes the school going children. The General Secretary of YfS Mr. Chandrashekhar Mishra said that, “using kerosene lanterns has two negative effects – firstly, to run a kerosene lantern for 4 hours, an individual spends around Rs.2 to Rs.5 minimum per day. This is an additional financial burden on the family. Secondly, burning kerosene produces CO2, which remains within the house and people including the children inhale it. As a return it can bring serious health problems”.
Further the YFS local volunteer, Mr. Santosh Das said, “with this project we will try to make more and more youngsters involved and can execute such work in another 40 villages identified in the district of Koraput and Malkangiri, collectively.