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Lighting Vulnurable Community by Solar Power: (Nov 10, 2010)


In the donation and support of International Company and National organization the vulnerable and low caste community has been lighted by solar power. The 22 household of Hile Village has got free source of light because the National grid line has not been access.

Improve Cooking Stove research study in UNSW: (Nov 2, 2010)

Suprabhat Basnet a founder member of RECED has got an opportunity to work with a group of engineer student in University of New South Wales (UNSW), to improve the existing improve cooking stove which is currently using in Nepal. A year long study has been conducted by 15 engineer students. An extensive report can be viewed here: view all news

Nigel Vaz

Over 75% of the Nepal’s total energy consumption is met through firewood1 and the

majority of Nepali families cook on a traditional stove, which for many is no more than

an open fire in the kitchen.


My work focused improved cooking stoves (ICS), a simple yet highly effective piece of
technology which can replace the traditional stove. The ICS benefits health by reducing
indoor air pollution, the fourth largest cause of death in developing countries2. Lower wood
consumption and higher efficiency mean that the ICS reduces deforestation and carbon
emissions while also reducing time spent cooking and collecting wood.

Through community surveys and impact study work in the village of Lekhani I discovered that
the majority of the poorest households have not been reached by previous ICS programmes.
The most recent local government survey of the village shows that over 85% of the highest
income group have an ICS, but that alarmingly less than 5% of the lowest income group do3.

The policy of the national government, followed by most NGOs, is that ICS dissemination
should be driven by profit-driven local promoters only, with no direct subsidy offered to the
recipient. Unfortunately, the poorest groups often cannot afford even the relatively small
cost of materials and construction for an ICS. These groups are usually also the most poorly
educated and, with profit as the main motive, there is little incentive to spend the extra time
and effort needed to engage with them.

In response to this I designed a new type of programme which will provide ICS, within the
next year, to all 335 households in Lekhani which do not currently have one. The programme
includes financial subsidies based on economic need and long-term assistance to improve
income generation for the poorest families. There will also be direct engagement with every
single household and a much more extensive and inclusive education programme than in
previous projects.

Another distinctive feature of the project is comprehensive monitoring and quality control, as
poor technical accuracy has led to many ICS in other projects failing to deliver full benefits.

My work will continue as the subject of the fourth year research project of my Master’s
degree. I will present the results to NGOs and the government in Nepal with the aim of
changing their policies so that future ICS programmes will reach those left behind by the
current approach: the very poorest.

I would like to thank the following organisations for providing me with funding for my
volunteering experience:
Engineers Without Borders UK (www.ewb-uk.org)
Cambridge University Careers Service (www.careers.cam.ac.uk)
Magdalene College Cambridge (www.magd.cam.ac.uk)