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Diwali Lights Up Tribal Lives Lives

on 1999/11/29 3:00:00 ( 1885 reads )


"Schedule tribes or endogenous communities are amongst the most ecologically evolved communities amongst the world, but sadly also amongst the most economically backward ones in India," says Darren Lobo of Grassroutes. He informs that most tribal villages just receive two-three hours of electricity per day, hampering a child's ability to read or play once the sun sets. Lobo says, "Most parts of rural India function without electricity for several hours a day. We are offering them a renewable lighting system as part of our festive gift gesture to help make a difference to their life."

The renewable lighting system is worth US$15 and will be either be a solar powered lantern or a wind up lantern. The visit to the villages to hand out the lanterns will be made post Diwali on November 13 and 14 (Children's Day). At the village, patrons can also indulge in activities such as milking cows and seeing how the milk is distributed. You could also chop wood, draw water, trek, and star gaze or participate in light rappelling.

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