Hyderabad teenager lights up lives, gives new hope to rural kids

HYDERABAD: For dozens For dozens of rural kids across south India, this Diwali is set to bring new hope of a better future. And that’s courtesy a teenage city girl who has been lighting up their lives for the last few months — gifting them solar lamps, so that the lack of power supply never holds them back from securing an education.
The concept of solar power struck Anvitha Kollipari, when she visited her grandparents’ home in Kapileswarapuram, a village in AP’s East Godavari district a few years ago. To make her plan work, Anvitha, a student of International School of Hyderabad connected with Srinivas Sankoratri from Rajahmundry who conducts online workshops on making solar-powered lamps and learned the technique.
Soon the ninth grader was on her own, getting in touch with government schools in AP and Karnataka and conducting solar lamp-making workshops to not only create awareness about solar energy but also teach children how to make their own solar lamps. So far, the teenager has distributed 60 kits with funds raised with the help of her school and Milaap, an online fundraising platform.
K Deekshitha, a class 10 student from Kuchipudi village in AP said, “Earlier, we used to find it difficult to study at night, especially during exams, due to frequent power cuts. But since we learnt how to make these solar lamps in October, we do not have that problem.” Another student, J Deepika of Thadhupuri said, “The workshop taught us how reduce our electricity bill by using these solar lamps.
This is not just helpful for me but to all those who are facing electricity issues in the villages.”
Anvitha, who recently completed the Young Researchers for Social Impact programme from Young Leaders for Active Citizenship (YLAC), now plans to expand this initiative to her home state Telangana and even Tamil Nadu.

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