Solar power for a school in Thakurdwara, India
With the help of the Greenfinity Foundation, the Dhara Children Academy (DCA) is now equipped with a photovoltaic system.
The Dhara Children Academy faces daily power outages. Which is why the refrigerator in the school's kitchen continuously malfunctions and the food supplies spoil more quickly. The school's two computers and the ventilation system are also often out of service.
The city of Thakurdwara lies in the federal state Uttar Pradesh in the north of India, where the Dhara Children Academy (DCA) allows children in need to receive adequate education. The children taught at the school are mostly from the lowest caste called Dalit or "untouchables". They are therefore often exposed to social and religious discrimination by their fellow men. The aim of the Dhara Children Academy is to allow these children a successful career path through education, despite their caste.
Between 80 and 100 children from the nursery to the fifth grade are currently being looked after and taught at the school.
However, the Dhara Children Academy faces daily power outages. Which is why the refrigerator in the school's kitchen continuously malfunctions and the food supplies spoil more quickly. The school's two computers and the ventilation system are also often out of service. Without a functioning cooling system, the classroom temperatures in the summer (May until October) can soar up to 45°C. Operating a school under these circumstances is extremely difficult.
By installing a photovoltaic system (5 kWp) with a battery on the school's roof, the Greenfinity Foundation aims to make an end to the constant power outages. In cooperation with the Dhara Poor Child Education Support Society, the GFF thereby ensures a sustainable and alternative energy source for the school. It not only grants the educational establishment more independency, but also offers an enormous financial relief, as operating costs, such as electricity, are extremely high in India.
The new system is also discussed in class and offers the children an example of alternative energy resources and sustainability.
Environmental protection is also an issue close to the school's heart and is integrated into the students' lives through waste collection campaigns and reforestation days.