| A member of the NGO hands over a solar lamp to a girl in Jorhat on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Jorhat, Nov. 20: World Vision, an NGO, which operates from six places in the state, gave away 450 solar lamps to children at New Tocklai LP School here today.
Momo R. Khartu, head of the Jorhat unit of the NGO, said they decided to distribute lamps to students of New Tocklai LP School and the neighbouring middle English school after a survey, as most of their houses did not have electricity or had only a single light by hooking with the closest power lines.
“The distribution project is being undertaken in Jorhat district and other places in the state, with a focus on needy children,” Khartu said.
The solar lamps, which comprise a battery, charger and lantern, which when fully charged, will remain lit for about 10 hours.
Geeta Sharma, a student of the ME school, said her house in Cinnamara did not have electricity and the lamp would help a lot in her studies.
“Usually after nightfall, I hardly get time to study in kerosene or candlelight. As the days are becoming shorter, study time during daylight is also decreasing. The solar lamp will be of great benefit for me and my younger brothers and sisters,” she said.
Deep Tanti, a Class IV student of the LP school, who was pleased with the gift, said he would regularly charge the lamp to keep it working properly.
The NGO will also hold an awareness session on health, hygiene and malnutrition to parents as part of the Global Week of Action.
World Vision is also working with the Centre’s integrated child development programme in seven Anganwadi centres to provide additional meals to children under five years of age in the evening comprising khichdi, vegetables or fish.
“We have covered seven Anganwadi centres — Naosolia Vijaynagar, New Tocklai number six line, Bashbari, Amtol, Jakalapar, Sadar Basti and Kamar Basti — and hope to cover 20 by 2013,” Khartu said.
“Globally, around seven million children under five years of age are at risk of dying owing to preventable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and malnourishment. In India, 5,000 children die daily of such causes. The Global Week of Action is a campaign to address this deficiency and bring down the figures,” he said.
The NGO is working on different projects like Guwahati urban area development project, Guwahati streetchildren project, Amri, Dhemaji and Udalguri area development projects.