Bengaluru NGO lights up Odia artisan homes Founded by Calvin Pinto, Philip Thomas and M Kishan, with backgrounds in commerce mostly, the NGO set up a crowdfunding project in 2016 to bring electricity to Gotiguda.

Happy Light Project founders Philip Thomas and Calvin Pinto.
Happy Light Project founders Philip Thomas and Calvin Pinto.

Bengaluru-based NGO, the Happy Light Project Foundation (HLPF), is lighting up the lives of residents of Gotiguda, a small village  in Odisha’s Raygada district.

These villagers, who depend on Dokhra metal crafts for their livelihood, were living without electricity and were therefore unable to fashion enough products to make ends meet.

Founded by Calvin Pinto, Philip Thomas and M Kishan, with backgrounds in commerce mostly, the NGO set up a crowdfunding project on October 15, 2016 to bring electricity to Gotiguda.

Now, the NGO  has raised Rs 7,61,455 from 401 supporters in a month, along with an additional Rs 30,000 as offline contributions.

With this, they completed the project keeping the environment in mind, because they have relied on solar power only.

Speaking to media persons, Calvin, one of the three founders, says, “We’re happy to share that the village of Gotiguda is now completely electrified.”

But why this particular village, one may wonder. Calvin says, “After much research and talking to experts, we realised that Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan were states that were most in need of rural electrification.”

They zeroed in on Odisha because while there were several organisations working in other states, Odisha had largely gone unnoticed.”

He adds that with the help of their partner, Mahahshakti Foundation, HLPF shortlisted three villages in Odisha, visited each and spoke to  villagers.

They finally selected Gotiguda because they felt that they could create the maximum, long-term impact there.

Source: New Indian Express

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