Living in darkness no more: India to connect last 240 million people to electricity
By Marshall Connolly (Catholic Online)
2/5/2018 (1 week ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Two hundred, forty million people in India go to bed with the sun because they still lack electricity. That may change soon as the government embarks on an ambitious project to make millions of 'last mile' connections, hooking up even the most remote locations to the grid.
For millions of children, studying at night is dangerous. A single kerosene lamp knocked over can burn down a house in seconds. Electricity will make life safer and improve educational outcomes for millions, especially girls.
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Life without electricity is hard. Days can be short, and at night, women cook by the fickle light of kerosene lamps. The lamps are hot, singing fingers when adjusted. The flames are dangerous, every moment a lamp is lit, the risk of fire is present. The fuel is expensive. The smoke gets inhaled, damaging lungs.
For 240 million souls, this is how every night goes. Everything is done by hand. Cell phones are present, but often have to be sent away for charging. Solar chargers provide some help, but they are weak. What the world takes for granted remains an impossible luxury for hundreds of millions.
The rugged terrain makes it difficult to travel, even a journey of just a few dozen miles can take hours by truck.
Electricity will change these lives. First, the kerosene lamps will be shelved in favor of light bulbs. With reliable light, cooking and other evening activities will become safer. Children can devote time each evening to studying, which means they will enjoy the benefits of education. Cell phones can be charged at home, connecting the village to the world. There's internet over the cellular lines, but connections are spotty. This will improve once electric infrastructure is in place.
Instead of rushing to complete activities in the light, indoor activities can be scheduled for the evening, providing more time to work outdoors. This is important in those areas dependent on agricultural production for prosperity.
Indoor activities will also be more efficient. Washing machines become a reality, saving women long hours of backbreaking labor. The family can help with household chores in the evening.
Luxuries become possible too, such as television. A television provides a window on the world.
Cell phones may give way to smartphones and tablets. Kids can study using these items, taking classes online, and learning how to do things that interest them. Catholic Online School is being developed to provide a free Catholic education to millions of people around the world. With electricity, these classes become accessible to the people of rural India. English is widely spoken in India, but translated content will also be made available to serve everyone.
India has the most people living without electricity, followed by Nigeria which has about 80 million unconnected people.
The government has also announced that the electricity will be free to the poorest households.
Perhaps the best benefit of electricity is that it is bringing villages and families together. People gather to watch television and to talk about it. Grown children come back more often to visit and stay longer. Small appliances reduce workload. People share labor-saving devices such as mixers and washing machines. Children gather around tablets.
For 240 million people in India, it is time for the darkness to end.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption. That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
Two hundred, forty million people in India go to bed with the sun because they still lack electricity. That may change soon as the ... continue reading
The Philippines' House of Representatives passed a bill that would legally recognize church-decreed declarations of nullity, or annulments. ... continue reading
Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong has said proposals aimed at reconciling the Catholic Church in China and the government-backed Patriotic ... continue reading
The Vatican's efforts to resolve the split between underground Chinese bishops and the government-recognized Chinese Patriotic Catholic ... continue reading
North and South Korea have reached a remarkable agreement to march into the Olympic games under a unified banner. In addition to the ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- St. Simon: Saint of the Day for Sunday, February 18, 2018
- Try this fun Lent Quiz today!
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 HD Video
- 'Living Lent': Tuesday of the First Week of Lent - Day 6
- 'Living Lent': Monday of the First Week of Lent - Day 5
- Deadly Flu Season: Vaccine only 36 percent effective during worst ...
- Daily Readings for Sunday, February 18, 2018
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, February 19th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, February 18th, 2018 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, February 17th, 2018 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education