Our Bright Futures team in India are providing practical and educational support to local schools, as well as funding essential village infrastructure
Following a visit to the village of Hanmantwadi (located in a remote area, 120 KM away from Pune), together with Solar Power Experts, the Bright Futures team in Pune decided to provide solar streetlights and a solar water pump to assist the locals overcome some of their problems.
During their visit, the Sarpanch (Head of the Village) explained that due to the unavailability of electricity, the village is in darkness at night which is very unsafe for the residents and there is a major shortage of water as the pumps do not work without electricity.
In phase one of the project, the team partnered with Deepastambha Charitable Trust, a local NGO, to install 20 solar-powered light poles at critical locations throughout the village and a 10KW solar panel which will provide solar power for one pump to run at least six hours a day. This will enable regular water supply to the villagers for domestic use and also provide a safe environment for them to live in. On 29th March 2023, Bright Futures team inaugurated the solar street lights and the solar water pump.
The team are also constructing new washrooms in the village secondary school, which currently has only two toilets for 380 students. The ground breaking ceremony was recently done by the school girls and the construction work is underway.
In addition to this, the Bright Futures team of Pune, in partnership with Jnana Prabodhini’s Educational Resource Centre, created digital knowledge boxes comprised of educational videos and presentations for students of Grade 1 to 10 for 50 schools located in rural areas around Pune. The educational material is stored in a data hard disk which benefits schools that do not have internet connectivity. Around 38,000 students will benefit from this amazing educational initiative.