About the Project
Support us in our campaign to reduce lead acid contamination and lead acid poisoning in rural village of Nepal.
Solar Home System, a renewable energy and very convenient source of electricity, is the main source of electricity in rural villages of Nepal. As a person who used solar home systems for twelve years in the very community, I’ve (Nawaraj) seen the reality- good and bad aspects. With great effectiveness of solar home systems, there comes toxic metal in its batteries: the lead. People do not know that lead can be very harmful to an extent that it can cause brain damage to children, heart diseases and cancer.
Having seen people breaking expired batteries to make bullets for gun, utensils and disposing the batteries into rivers and surroundings, I (Nawaraj) felt an immediate urge to alter the practice. Aiming to aware people about life threatening issue, with the help of my brother, Ravindra Shahi, I and a friend of mine -- Deepesh Duwadi decided to initiate a project entitled ‘Life Free From Lead.’
We have participated in various social venture challenges organized in local and international level to draw the attention of global audience to the existing local issue. We have proposed the effective way to address the issue in front of distinguished world leaders, highly enthusiastic social entrepreneurs, motivators and politicians and been awarded Resolution Fellowship by The Resolution Project in a conference hosted by Clinton Global Initiative Resolution Project (CGI U) at University of Miami, Florida.
Life Free From Lead will inititative its awareness campsign in Dunai VDC and surrounding locals regarding risks associated with exposure to lead-acid batteries, establish safer disposal mechanisms by building proper collection centers in various locations and then transport collected batteries to lead-recycling companies in Nepal.
The first phase of the project- mass awareness is given an urgent priority as the deep-rooted problem of lead acid contamination arises from the ignorance and the illiteracy of the people. Thus, our group has strongly focused on the implementation of various mass literacy tools such as involvement of local Radio station and distribution of pamphlets in the village to convey the message of safe handling and disposal of lead acid batteries. By bringing an impactful change in the lifestyle of people with the help of mass awareness programs, the efficacy of two other phases of our project can be maximized.
All the money raised from the crowd funding will be utilized to cover the expenses including following:
- Local Transportation expenses for volunteers
- Orientation and Mobilization of Eco-clubs and volunteers
- Publicity Materials
We seek to make it a self-sustaining project, however we require some financial support to initiate and implement our program to counter this burning problem.
As a dollar is equivalent of 100 Nepali Rupees in Nepal, your small contribution will make a significant difference in our campaign. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. We hope that you’ll be part of our initiative.
Nawaraj & Deepesh