Solar ‘HOPES’ For The Less Fortunate

Darsh explaining his sun shine proejct

Solar ‘HOPES’ For The Less Fortunate

15-Year-Old Students Donates, Sets Shining Example

Ramesh Poddar, Chairman of Siyaram Silk Mills-Mumbai, calls it a commendable gesture.

HYDERABAD, Feb 5 (The CONNECT) - What do normal 15-year-olds do? They spend their time enjoying video games, sports, music, robotics, movies or activities that please them. And while some teens are content to be alone, many prefer to spend time with friends. But Darsh Tibrewala is different. While he is doing what all teenagers of his age would like doing, he is also doing something extra, that not many of his aged teens would do. 

Darsh an MYP (the IB's Middle Years Programme) grade 10 student at Oakridge International School in Hyderabad, started an initiative named ‘Project HOPES’ (Helping Orphans Procure Education and Sustainability).. The aim of this student-led NGO is to help underprivileged students become contributing members of society and global citizens.

He has raised funds through different Charitable Trusts. With that money, he donated a solar panel system to the orphanage, Vejbal Bal Nivas located at Shivarampally in Rajendranagar on the city outskirts. It provides children with a reliable and sustainable source of energy. The Solar Panel is inaugurated in the presence of his family members and some well-wishers on Sunday evening.  

While Jyothi Prakash Tibrewala, Chairman of Tibrewala Electronics Ltd and Dr Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, Head Doctor at Walk-In Clinic, were present to appreciate the boy, Ramesh Poddar, Chairman of Siyaram Silk Mills-Mumbai, joined online to praise “the commendable gesture” that would  and will positively impact the lives of the children.   

The solar panel was officially inaugurated on Sunday. It is already making a noticeable difference in the daily operations of the facility. The system provides power to the lights, appliances, and other essential equipment, reducing the orphanage's reliance on traditional power sources and freeing up resources that can be used to help the children in other ways.

According to Darsh, “it is an investment not only in a monetary sense but an investment in our future, our lives, and our earth”.  “The sun is a free, sustainable, clean resource we can leverage in place of conventional electricity to power our lives,” he explained. 

Over the last 4 years, he has been visiting many orphanages in Hyderabad and teaching them several different important life skills such as hygiene and health. 

The project has been well received by the children, staff, and volunteers at the orphanage, who are grateful for Darsh's generosity. "We are so grateful for Darsh's donation of the solar panel system and his work here. The children have already benefited greatly from the increased access to power, and we know that this will make a positive impact on their lives for years to come, said Jeny Gupta, Honorary Secretary of Hyderabad Children's Aid Society.

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