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Youngsters light up lives

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The youth of Hyderabad came forward for a good cause. The members of ‘My Shelter Foundation India’ recently conducted a programme called ‘Liter of...

Hyderabad: The youth of Hyderabad came forward for a good cause. The members of ‘My Shelter Foundation India’ recently conducted a programme called ‘Liter of Light’ at a slum located in Bowenpally, Hyderabad. This slum does not have access to power. They took up this project to light the homes of poor and needy.

The people in Mudfort area have been facing severe electricity problems for more than 30 years now and the complaints made to the higher authorities were in vain. This inspired the group of youngsters to take up this initiative and spread smiles by lighting up their homes.

Members of My Shelter Foundation India installed plastic bottle lights and solar powered panels at a slum in Hyderabad.

The group has around 25 members and all of them are pursuing engineering from different colleges in the city.

The members installed a simple light emitting device in the houses of these people. The device is simple and cheap; it is a transparent 1.5-2 litre of plastic bottle, used for cool drinks. The bottles are filled with water, a pinch of bleach to avoid growth of algae. These bottles are fitted through the roof of a house. During daytime the water inside the bottle refracts sunlight, delivering about as much light as a 40 to 60 watt incandescent bulb.

The use of plastic bottles to provide indoor lighting from daylight was developed by Alfredo Moser of Brazil in 2002. Using the technology as a social enterprise was first launched in the Philippines by Illac Diaz under the My Shelter Foundation in April 2011.

In less than a year since inception, over 200,000 bottle bulbs were installed in communities around the world. Liter of Light has a goal to light up one million homes by the end of 2015.

Apart from installing these plastic bottle bulbs, the members have also installed a solar powered grid which can give power to one bulb. Till now they have installed these solar panels and plastic bottle bulbs in 27 houses and in the coming future they are planning to light up the whole slum.

“This a national campaign, the foundation has lit up the houses of several people in Jharkhand, Guwahati, Gujarat, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Here in Telangana we did in Vikarabad and Adilabad. In future we will expand our reach,” Preetam Dacha, Hyderabad zone head, My Shelter Foundation India, said.

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