Welcome back to Thrive Project updates, dear readers. My name is Amanda and I am working with the social media team to keep you in the know with everything that is happening right now at Thrive Project.
And we’ve been busy. Really busy. Travelling approximately 7500 miles across the world busy.
As Brian mentioned in the last update, we have been working tirelessly to raise awareness and increase investments for the project in and around Syracuse. Over the past academic year, the team has built the Power Nepal Initiative from the ground up: building the SPARK unit, launching social media platforms and our official website, and building real and meaningful relationships with partners such as Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University.
Then we realized that what could truly elevate and establish the essential meaning behind Thrive Project would be to actually go to Nepal.
So Brian, Ryan, and Emily actually packed up their bags and travelled halfway across the world to Kathmandu, Nepal on May 25th 6:30AM. Check out Brian and Ryan’s most recent vlog for a quick summary of their experience so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg-0zdY7Be0
They have been working in Siddhipur, a village located 45 minutes away from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. We’d like to thank Tsering Sangmo, our coordinator and translator in Nepal, as well as Karma Wangyal. They have been hard at work with preparations even before Thrive arrived. They have helped us establish contact with the village, procuring parts and translating daily. This trip would not have been possible without the help of these two. Thank you!
Brian and Ryan have been meeting with the locals of Siddhipur ever since arriving in Nepal to get a better sense of the current state of the village and its surroundings as they plan on moving with the pilot program for our SPARK Charging Kiosks.
Our team met with a young man named Raskin, an I.T. engineering student that will become our lead engineer. He is set to rally the local youth in Siddhipur and encourage them to attend active information sessions to introduce Thrive Project that will be led by our team.
“This type of project will not only bring solar energy to our village, but also hope – hope for village development, hope for a better tomorrow” – Raskin.
In the coming days, they are focusing on talking to more village locals, learning more about the electrical infrastructure, as well as begin educating the community on sustainable technologies with a more specific target of the local youth. Mentioned in our mission, it is vital that education is provided to those in need in order for these technologies to be properly utilized in times of crisis.
On the morning of May 28th just three days after arriving in Nepal, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit. The Thrive Team over in Nepal is safe and even more responsive now to building resilience against these natural disasters.
As always, feel free to donate to Thrive Project at https://www.gofundme.com/powernepalnow.
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