lbs of solar equipment
people with access to reliable solar power
How Can I Help?
HOP’s sister company, World Wide Trekking, organizes frequent trips to Nepal, to visit Everest Base Camp and other areas through the magnificent Himalayas. If you are interested in visiting these villages within Khumbu Valley, contact us or visit World Wide Trekking for upcoming trip dates.
Monetary donations are crucial to our ability to carry out large projects such as Rays of Joy.
Villages in the Khumbu Valley that are just off the Everest Base Camp trekking route receive little business and almost no humanitarian aid. Many Sherpa families that make Everest treks possible come from these villages. In June 2016, we launched the “Rays of Joy” project to bring reliable light and electricity to 12 underserved villages of the Khumbu Valley where blackouts are common. We distributed 2,300 pounds of solar power equipment, computers, and other supplies to the villages of Khari Khola, Juving, Bupsa, Puyan, Lenji Kharka, Lukla, Chaurikharka, Rimijung, Monjo, Namche, Thame, and Pheriche.
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.
During his trips to Nepal, Dean will be following up with the locations that were part of the Rays of Joy project, to ensure that the equipment is operating properly, and to look for other ways that we can support the villages.