The Terry Mikeska Foundation has teamed up with solar companies in India and Nepal to distribute as many solar power systems possible. In March 2017, Mikeska will launch a new campaign called “Light up Nepal.”
Countless homes were damaged or destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake and many who still have shelter are without electricity.
“I have seen rural clinics operated from outside their building because it was too dark inside to provide basic health services like cleaning up a wound, applying medicine,” Mikeska said in a release from the foundation. “Having lights makes such a big impact. While on the surface it doesn’t sound like a whole lot — it is amazing how much impact is made by having lights, things we take for granted in the U.S.”
Solar systems provide an alternative or a complement to traditional power sources, but it’s just one component of a much larger relief effort.
“I think the medical, education and general humanitarian response is essential,” Mikeska said. “I hope that people will see that together we can make a difference, that’s because 100 percent of every dollar goes to the relief effort and 100 percent of the travel expenses has been underwritten, I will never pay myself to help others, doing the most good for the most people is my philosophy.”
Although the nation’s government established a reconstruction act, some residents say they have not received funding or that funding has come slowly to repair the damage caused by the quake.
Mikeska said that before the earthquake, Nepal did not have a stable grid and nearly a quarter of people lived without access to electricity and many more endured up to 16 hours a day of blackouts because there is simply not enough power to go around.
Donations to help with the project can be made at:
Terry Mikeska Foundation
P.O. Box 61692
San Angelo, Texas 76906
or online at terrymikeskafoundation.org.