Akashdeep Das a young boy from a small village Dihina, studies in class- 10 at Krishna Dev High School. He stays with his mother Mira Das along with his elder sister Dimpi Das who studies at Borigog Hajo Higher Secondary School. Coming from a very poor background, family often struggles to meet their basic needs. One of the main reasons happens to be lack of electricity.
For a mother, raising children becomes a hurdle especially for a widowed parent. His mother works as a domestic worker and also weaves clothes to sell and increase the family income. Somehow, she manages to meet the school expenses of two children. All these years Akash and his sister Dimpi manage to study under the kerosene lamplight or study at the day time.
Because of improper and unregulated electricity connections, Akash faces many difficulties while studying under the kerosene lamplight e.g., studying on the floor even in the winter times.
Citizens Foundation with support of HDFC Bank under the Holistic Rural Development Program project came up with an idea of proving a Solar Lamp to students of class-01 to class-08, to families belonging to poor background and inaccessible electricity connection. Akash, being the solar lamp beneficiary, can now enjoy his study without any barrier. As stated by his class teacher he is now an active student in the class, benefitting largely from additional reading hours.
His mother says, “I am very glad and thankful to the Citizens Foundation for providing my son a solar lamp, this had helped my son with better concentration over studies”