Solar lamps in Pakistan
This project was carried out with the Pakistani NGO Health And Nutrition Development Society (HANDS) and the German project partner medico international e.V. The purpose of the programme “Lighting Lives in Pakistan” is to bring eco-friendly light to Pakistan’s villages by means of small-scale technology. For this purpose, traditional lighting sources such as petroleum lamps, candles or small, battery-driven lamps are being replaced by the distribution of solar lamps.
This project financed by wpd fits into the above-mentioned programme. The intention is to make a contribution towards reducing the emissions of ecologically harmful CO2 and rust particles, easing the burden on the budgets of 500 families, improving the quality of night-time lighting and lowering the risk of fire.
The project has recently been re-evaluated by the external organisation HANDS. Their report confirmed the relevance, cost-effectiveness and efficacy of the project and referenced its immense importance for the everyday life of the rural population in the project villages. Both the lamps and the charging stations have been further refined from a technical standpoint. Further improvements are planned for the future.
In this project, wpd is financing the construction and repair of small biogas plants in Nepal. These plants replace open fires, thus preventing deforestation and CO2 emissions.
Besides international projects, wpd is also actively engaged in Germany, supporting the rewetting of a small area of marshland in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in collaboration with the State Forestry Institute of Mecklenburg Western Pomerania.
The project has also set itself the goal of protecting existing forested areas and reforesting areas that had been cleared, preserving the natural biodiversity, as well as serving as a centre for information and training (both theoretical and practical) in the sustainable use of forests.