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Solar Energy bringing light to doll making girls

There was a big event, another milestone, in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka on 24 November 2016: to celebrate the distribution of small solar systems, donated by the Government of Punjab. Thanks to the personal interest of the Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif.

This donation was the result of an early October meeting between Dr. Norbert Pintsch and the CM Punjab. This meeting was followed by another meeting between the Secretary Energy Punjab Dr. Asad Gilani and Mr. Pintsch, which resulted in the donation of 70 solar power units for domestic use.

The MoU between the Secretary Energy Punjab Dr. Asad Gilani and the representatives of NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama was signed at the Energy Secretariat Punjab on the 11 November 2016. This signing ceremony was hosted by Dr. Asad Gilani and was attended by a number of dignitaries, inducing the DCO Okara Mr. Socrat Aman Rana and district directors, representing the Social Welfare and Environment departments Okara.

The gathering to distribute the Solar Systems on a Thursday evening was organized by the local NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama and was attended by a large number of local people, mostly the doll making makers and artisans. The President of “Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama” Mr. Amjad Ali and General Secretary Professor Dr. Aamir Rafique distributed the Solar Systems among the villagers.

The strength of each Solar System is 30 W and it consists of a solar module, a battery and three lamps of 3 Watts each. The battery also has a USB port, which enables it to charge different digital devices, such as mobile phones.

With the help of this system, the doll making girls and women of the village will be able to make the dolls and other handicrafts even during the electricity load shedding. These systems will also help the girls and women to save some money, as they will use less electricity from the National Grid. These systems mean the end of darkness in the village during the night hours in most households.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:53 AM,


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