Even though villages such as Juving and Bupsa are home to many of the Sherpa families that make our Everest treks possible, these two villages are just off of the trekking route and receive little business and almost no humanitarian aid. HOP made a difference in their lives with this project. In June 2016, we launched the “Rays of Joy” project to bring reliable light and electricity to underserved areas of the Khumbu Valley where blackouts are common.
We brought over 2,300 pounds of solar power equipment, computers, and other supplies to the Khumbu Valley, a project that met with much gratitude and celebration from both communities.
The villages of: Khari Khola, Juving, Bupsa, Lenji Kharka, Lukla, Chauri Kharka, Rimijung, Monjo, Namche, Thame, and Pheriche.
Reliable light and power in the Khumbu Valley, where blackouts are common
In 12 villages, solar panels, batteries and lights were installed at 10 monasteries, 5 schools, 1 hospital, 1 dental clinic, the Sagarmatha National Park Entrance, and at the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) outpost in Pheriche
HOP distributed 20 laptops to local schools and monasteries
We handed out over 500 goody bags filled with utensils, Clif Bars, plates, cups, and small goal zero batteries
Our team engaged local workers on installation and trained them to operate the equipment
HOP distributed and installed Goal Zero solar equipment, Dell computers, a Divvy Emergency Water Filtration System, and 500 small goody bags.
Everywhere we worked, Sherpas, local teachers, monks, headmasters, doctors, and park rangers all learned how to install and hook up solar panels, how the panels harness the power of the sun, and how they would still have solar power even if the sun wasn’t shining.
Pasang Karma, one World Wide Trekking’s lead Sherpas, reports that consistent electrical power and internet access have been utterly life-changing for the people in these villages. The frequent power cuts now have no effect because of the Goal Zero solar products, the computers are used by students and the entire community, and the entire village seems brighter.