Give Light and Energy
Millions of people in India are still using primitive lighting systems at home mostly kerosene lamps. There are many serious negative impacts of using Kerosene lamps:
- Health impact: It causes numerous diseases. (will add more details later)
- Kerosene is a petroleum product, much of which is imported from outside costing the economy (will add data later)
- Burning of kerosene is extremely harmful to the environment (will add data later)
- Kerosene lamps also limits the ability to study and learning
- Loss due to accidental fires causing property damage, physical injury and deaths
The World Bank estimates that breathing kerosene fumes is the equivalent of smoking two packets of cigarettes a day and two-thirds of adult females with lung cancer in developing nations are non-smokers.
An estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide use fuel for lighting, most frequently kerosene. Burning kerosene in indoor lamps and appliances releases many harmful pollutants, including elemental carbon, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide.
Studies have linked this indoor air pollution to several health issues: lung disease, respiratory infections, asthma, cancer, cataracts, and possibly tuberculosis. The World Bank estimates areas where kerosene is widely used; also , lack of access to high-quality health care, is compounding these problems.
The use of kerosene in the developing world has negative environmental impacts that affects us all. Kerosene is a product of the distillation of crude oil. Put simply, it’s a non-renewable “fossil fuel.”
When burned, 7 to 9 percent of the kerosene in wick lamps is converted to black carbon, also known as “soot.” This has major global impact, because use of kerosene for lighting is so widespread, and because black carbon is the second greatest man-made contributor to the climate change.Kerosene emits carbon dioxide, the greatest man-made contributor to the global climate change.Kerosene causes economic damage to the Energy Poor which is an expensive fuel source, and its widespread use has negative economic impacts on families, nations, and regions.
Millions of people are still using most basic source of fuel for cooking their food including wood, charcoal, cow-dung, coal and kerosene. Each of them have huge health, environmental and economic impacts.
Two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people continue to rely on carbon-emitting biomass and dung-based fuel for cooking, according to a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) report titled ‘Sustainable Energy For All’ (2014)
According to Delhi-based pulmonologist Prateek Kamaraj: “Burning solid fuels produces extremely high levels of indoor air pollution. As cooking takes place every day, most people using solid fuels are exposed to smoke particles at a level much higher than the accepted annual limits for outdoor air pollution. Epidemiological studies have shown a clear connection between air pollution and heart disease and stroke.”
The World Health Organization Household Air Pollution and Health report released in March 2014 states that over 50% of premature deaths among children under five are due to pneumonia caused by particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution. Over 3.8 million premature deaths annually from non-communicable diseases including stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer are attributed to exposure to household air pollution, adds the report.
Empowerment is possible by providing environmentally safe, clean source of light. Fortunately, latest technology enables us to do just that. We are offering very cost effective Solar housing systems for homes where once they are installed the would last for 10 years without any additional cost.
GIBV wants to provide Home Solar System to each family. It comes with two LED lamps, solar panel, battery and optionally a small fan. The cost is around US $100 and the warranty is for 10 years.In addition, solar powered flash (torch) lights and street lights are also available.
Solar Home System: INR 4000 to 8000
Solar Street Lights: 35000 (without the pole)
GIBV is offering several models of ‘echo-stoves’ which are smokeless and can use biomass and bio-waste based fuels with over 40% efficiency at very cost effective prices.
Many of the diseases in India are water-born. The impact is multifold. Cost to health is enormous, especially for the poor families who do not even have access to proper health care.According to a UN Report 626 million people are exposed to water contamination each year.
In India, every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
In India, Diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily; people die of illnesses linked to unsafe drinking water, improper excreta disposal and unclean domestic environments. Estimates say that 21 per cent of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water.
The waterborne diseases include:
Though many of the germs are found in the natural water, fecal and carcass contamination makes the challenge much harder.
In addition, in many places harmful heavy metals, arsenic and chloride are found in the ground water.
India faces an enormous task to provide clean water to all her citizens. Out of more than 37.7 million Indians who are affected by water-borne diseases annually, 1.5 million children die due to diarrhea alone, a Centre for Science and Environment report revealed in 2015. By providing low-cost potable clean water, not only millions of lives are saved and health is improved, the financial burden for many families is also lessened which eventually impacts the economy of the country.
The report also says that about 73 million working days are lost due to water-borne illnesses each year. Estimates suggest India loses Rs 36,600 crore every year due to water-borne diseases which does not include the cost of treatment.
A scientist from IIT Madras, Dr. Chandrasekharan has invented a natural water filter using clay. Unlike various reverse-osmosis technologies, this process does not require electricity and there is no loss of water. The filters last for over a year.
15 liter with regular filter INR 1000.
Arsenic Filter – Additional INR 700
200 Liter INR 22000.
While the above technology is great for households, there is also a large community water purification system offered by BTI Nano Tech, Inc. in Illinois. BTI uses nanotechnology to kill the pathogens. It has a capacity to purify (only germs and not any heavy metals or arsenic) 5000 liters of water in less than two hours. It requires electricity. Solar option is also available.
BTI Will install Infinity hope Water Purifiers in provide after install service for the purifiers in locations approved and provided by GIBV.
BTI will agree to install the Infinity hope Water Purifiers within 90 days of the order placed and paid for by GIBV.
Cost is $3000