REC finds itself very proud because it has directed its CSR funds to Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh through TERI to make solar lanterns available. These are not only used for providing lighting to the village community but it has resulted in women empowerment. We are very proud to be associated with TERI and will provide our support even in the future.
TERI won the 'Best IT initiative for a social cause' for its Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL) initiative at the CXO awards held on 19 December 2011 in Mumbai. The CXO awards are aimed at appreciating the efforts of business leaders, who have helped in felicitating change and progress through their technology initiatives.
While most of us gladly sit back sipping a cup of coffee enjoying the idiot box, there are million others trying to elicit enough energy to bake that last bread for the day. This lifestyle and its contrast with the underprivileged is what encouraged me to ponder over the gravity of the situation. I strive to make a difference as part of my contribution through Lighting a Billion Lives initiative.
Light a Billion Lives ( LaBL) is one such program which has been successfully implemented and has indeed made a difference at the grassroots level. I am currently pursuing MBA in business sustainability where we read and attend lectures on sustainable practices. However, it is not sufficient. To get a firsthand experience, one should get directly involved in the on ground implementation.
Texas Instruments (TI), leading LaBL Technology Partner won the prestigious NASSCOM Innovation Awards 2011 under the Social Innovation category for the jointly developed (with TERI) state- of -the art electronic design for the solar LED lantern.
TERI’s aptly titled Lighting a Billion Lives initiative is a unique and exciting endeavour, which took fl ight in Meghalaya in December 2010. It is expected and hoped that through the collaboration, the fl edgling initiative of LaBL will have a catalytic effect on the overall functioning of the cooperatives and in actualizing the initiative’s goal of encouraging sustainable livelihoods by reducing the carbon footprint.
I find the new e-newsletter items very informative. “Gaon mein khushali bahut badh gayi hai lalten aane se”. Your efforts are,indeed, very laudable.
Solar lanterns provide enough light to light up the room of a rural household far from the grid. But, when these solar lanterns are somehow linked with employment-generation activities and thereby increase the earnings of the rural households, it lights up their lives. This really makes a difference in enhancing the quality of life manyfold.
Thanks to the TERI Management for extending full cooperation to me in the implementation of the solar lantern project by TERI and the Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) in villages of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. I would like to suggest to your offi ce that Hindi publications be brought out, for circulation in rural schools, to educate children on solar energy and alternative energy programmes.
I am very happy to know after spending an entire day at your village (Rehatakheda village, Maharashtra), that these solar lamps have made some sort of an improvement in your lives.
Our responsibility programme is just about as old as we are in the market. But we believe that you don’t need to be old and established to start making a difference. We have ensured that our initiatives are always rooted in the business we are in and are always focussed on empowerment. This is essential for sustainability. We today join a campaign that both TERI and Dr Pachauri are passionate about and we are proud to step in with our effort.
Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL), run by TERI, is a wonderful campaign in the recent time. I, on behalf of Mr Abser Kamal, Acting Managing Director of Grameen Shakti, would like to congratulate the LaBL team for being nominated for the Times of India Impact Awards. At the same time, my heartiest felicitation goes to Dr R K Pachauri for his enormous contributions to this achievement.
In the overall scheme of developmental activities for slum children, if we can put our finger on any one aspect, I would certainly express our gratitude to Dr R K Pachauri and TERI for their insightful understanding of the lighting problems and value addition needs of urban slums, as much as rural homes, which TERI is so splendidly conducting under its policy and mission of “Lighting a Billion Lives” in India and across the underdeveloped world.
I have just returned from an intensive trip to Bihar and thought I should compliment you on the rural lighting programme. I met about 100 low-income parents and was told about how their children were now studying for longer periods and going to bed at 7.00 p.m. As part of the Aga Khan Foundation’s national committee, some of us who did the trip, were touched to see groups of five children crouched round one lantern each doing their homework. It was very moving to witness this transformation and its implications.
Projects like LaBL provide a wonderful platform to encourage young people from varied background to step in fields like this and do social service along with working on finding a sustainable solution to combat the power crisis around us, keeping in mind that the new developments are not done at the cost of degrading the environment.
I am very hopeful that TERI will be able to upscale the LaBL initiative in hamlets across India and also use entrepreneurs who are setting up SCSs to do so.
Movements have always begun with the people and not with the government. So whether it is US civil rights movement or any other, the governments have always reacted after people have stood up,