Mukti - Solar Lantern Project

Project Brief: The project aims at improving the quality of education of the students by addressing the health concerns caused by the use of kerosene lanterns in areas with no access to electricity and replace them by Solar Lanterns in rural West Bengal.
Project Type: Resource Centers (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: health and cleanliness

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Yale
Status: completed - sustainable
Project Steward: Hitten Zaveri
Project Partner(s): Sankar Halder
Other Contacts: Padmanava Sen
Project Address: , Vill+ Post : Purba Shridharpur, PS: Raidighi,,,
Tel: +919830967257
Stewarding Chapter: Yale
Mar 2011YaleUSD 3600

Total = $3600

The project aims at improving the quality of education of the students by addressing the health concerns caused by the use of kerosene lanterns in areas with no access to electricity and addressing a holistic need for growth of the students in Sundarban area. The purpose of the project is to replace use of kerosene by that of solar lanterns for group study for the students in remote areas of rural West Bengal (Sundarban to be exact) and thus increasing study time and reducing health risks generated by the CO and CO2 emission from kerosene lamps.

Mukti is an active partner of Asha with more than 5 yrs of collaboration. More details about other Asha projects led by Mukti are available at
Mukti - Bookbank Project

Mukti - Coaching Center

Mukti - Talented Student Scholarship Project
The proposal aims at addressing this issue by replacing kerosene lamps with solar lanterns for group study at a much reduced cost than what the student’s family currently spends on kerosene every month. At present the families spend around Rs 170 to Rs 280 per month on kerosene consumption. With the solar lanterns and the sustainable distribution model that our NGO will be implementing, their expenditure on lighting will reduce from Rs 280 to only Rs 60 per month and that too resulting to better lighting for the students and leading to environmental sustainability in the long run.
Charitable and socio-economic development trust MUKTI was established in 2003 from the vision of a Sunderban native Sankar Halder. Sankar grew up in an underprivileged family
in the Sunderban and went through the trials and tribulations that people living in Sunderbans suffer through. Sankar decided to involve educated and energetic local youth to develop themselves and their communities through various developmental projects. This vision led to
the foundation of MUKTI.

MUKTI is registered under the Government of India Trust Act Section 64. It has an executive board who frame the policies and action items and pass down the action items to the ground level working committee. There are several different wings of the ground level working committee and every wing has several general members to implement the policies and work items of the board on the ground. A general body meeting is to be held every year. The executive board is elected for a two-year term, and will be dissolved and newly elected by and from the members by an electoral process.

MUKTI's mission is to implement programs for upliftment of the underprivileged, illiterate, poor and backward people of mainly the Sunderban region by way of motivation and human resources development thus building a self-reliant society by efficient and effective utilization of local resources and implementation of environmentally sound policies.

MUKTI's members are spread all over India and even outside India including the USA but MUKTI has an especially strong presence in the Sunderban area. They have more than 200
locals in the organization who are working for the sole development of the Sunderban region. Our working members are divided in to four wings: health, education, economic and cultural. All interested people with a vision of help and with a broad vision to work for the underprivileged are welcome to the group.