“I have heard that there can be light even after sundown. Is it really true...?"
Such is the baffled thought of the people in the villages of Kumshet, Bari and Kumbhagat nearing Igatpuri, Maharashtra. With every approaching night, plunged is the community into darkness, for want of access to basic necessities. The villages with a population of 350 households, clsoe to around 1070 living souls, have access to electricity only on paper as per government records.
Being in the remote lands and unavailability of light for almost 10-12 hours has adversely impacted the villagers here. Lack of light hinders access to any productive work. While the adults try and finish the household chores during the day time, the children usually play or sleep very early. Once nightfall, there is no possible avenue for working on anything. This one of the reasons people migrate to cities in hope of a better livelihood opportunity.
What we have done till now?
A few of us came together in 2013 to support these villagers. In the last couple of years we collected old clothes, toys, furniture that can be reused from all over Maharashtra. And distributed the same at Diwali. The tag line has always been "aap iss Diwali kise khush karenge". Last year we had sponsored 200 basic utensil steel kits.
This year we hope to provide a “Ray of Light” to the community by providing solar lanterns. As the name suggests, these lanterns run on solar energy. The product is extremely easy to use and has no maintenance cost. The lantern is especially designed for rural and semi-urban communities, providing light for about 8-10 hours. At sunrise, it can be charged again. Join us in this journey of light.
How can you contribute?
You can contribute towards this initiative by sponsoring a lantern to light up a house. Each lantern costs only Rs 700.00 utilized for the household. The money contributed, is entirely used for procuring the lanterns only. Once, procured they will be distributed into the community by our team volunteers.
Please mentioned your full name send an email to
once the payment is done. Our volunteers shall arrange for a receipt to be delivered to you.
Project management team for Solar Lanterns ONLY
Santosh Hasurkar (Durgaveer Pratishthan): 9833458151
Preeti Patel - Offbeat Sahyadri: 9869524260
Utkarsh Erandikar - Rock Climbers Club: 9930609990
Nitesh Jadhav: 9967070987
Deepak More: 9820993392
Nandu Chavan - Mountains Sports Academy: 9892042704
Manisha Gawade: 9833558128
This year too we plan to collect clothes and personally redistribute them to the needy. A sincere request to all, make sure that your contribution is I good, reusable condition. As for the recipient, it’s a Diwali gift. Let’s be generous and kind.
What to contribute for the ladies?
Sari, Ladies blouse, frocks, duppatts, kurttis, sari peti coats and other Indian traditional wears.
What NOT to contribute for WOMEN?
Western wear, skirts, hot pants, sleeveless tops, tank tops, jean pants, backless dress etc
Suggested contribution for Men
Dhoti, lungi, shirts, turbans etc.
Other suggested List of items for contribution
Packed sweets and other food items
Food ration – pulses, dal, rice, flour etc.
General medicine – painkillers, bandages etc. (Not expired dated).
How to Donate:
Please get your contribution to the nearest depot (railway stations). Call and speak to us on the below mentioned numbers. We can fix up a time to meet and take a handover of your contribution.
Last date for donation: 07 November 2015
Donating your old clothes is charity. We are ensuring that these clothes reach the needy and poor people free of cost. Cash Contributions welcome. Volunteers required too, to share a smile.
Centralized collection Depots of Old clothes collection drive for Diwali ONLY