Power to People : Illuminating lives in The Mighty Himalayas

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by Neelima Raheja on Saturday, August 26, 2017


Session type

Technical level


To aware people of remote Himalayan communities which are living in darkness till date in India and how organisations like Global Himalayan Expedition are reaching out to them to provide with basic needs and promoting sustainable development in the region.


Ladakh (“land of high passes”) is a region of north India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), which currently extends from the KuenLun mountain range to the great Himalayas in the south, inhabited by people of both Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. 70% Himalayan population is off grid of which almost 50% are still without electricity. The initiative is focused towards providing Clean Energy and Education Access to Remote Himalayan Communities. These villages have no Roads, Health centers, Schools or Connectivity and it takes from 3-7 days to trek to reach these villages. The talk will focus on bringing awareness to people about lives of these communities and I will share my personal experience of my journey with Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE). I was a part of GHE 2016 where the team electrified 2550 year old Phugtal Monastery in Zanskar region of Ladakh. NDTV covered the journey and find the link to the documentary below.

Speaker bio

Neelima decided to explore her interest in social sector by volunteering with Make A Difference (MAD) in 2013 as a teacher volunteer. She believes MAD was the beginning of a new chapter in her life that helped her grow and broaden her horizons. She now works full time as a Programme Director with Make A Difference. She is also a Global Shaper at World Economic Forum and works on a project called I Break My Silence which is focussed towards ending gender based violence.

After completing her graduation in Commerce with along with Diploma in Guidance & Counselling, Neelima explored various opportunities while working with startups. Her zeal to empower the society led her to participate in the Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) 2016, an impact initiative that focuses on providing clean energy and education access to promote sustainable energy solutions in remote communities across the Himalayan ranges of north India. In June 2016, Team GHE lit up the 2550-year-old Phugtal Monastery in the Zanskar valley by setting up 8 DC solar microgrids.

In quest for finding herself, she attended Vipassana Meditation Course and she believes it has changed her for good.