26/05/2004 - A solar power generator has gone into operation in SOS Children's Village Dharamsala in north India and now supplies part of the village with alternative power.
A solar power generator in Dharamsala in north India has recently started supplying the school classrooms and eight nearby houses with electricity. The solar panels were installed on the school roof. The solar generator provides the buildings with a safe source of electricity; interruptions to teaching caused by power cuts will now be a thing of the past.
The whole thing was made possible through the Greenpeace's international "Solar Generation" project. As part of this initiative, young people from Germany, India and Switzerland collected money to finance the generator. Greenpeace made up the shortfall in funds. Six of the young activists then started out for Dharamasala to install the solar generator - with help from the inhabitants of the village and Greenpeace co-workers on the ground.
SOS Children's Village Dharamsala for Tibetan children lies some eight kilometres outside the town at the foot of the Dhauladhar Mountains, part of the Himalayas. It has a total of 43 family houses, a community house, several auxiliary buildings and a baby house. More than 2,000 children and youths live in SOS Children's Village Dharamsala.