Power Nepal by Thrive Project
Welcome to Power Nepal Initiative by Thrive Projects
My name is Brian Kam and I am the founder of Thrive Projects and its subsidiary venture: the Power Nepal Initiative. I am a former US infantry Marine (2003-2007), and a current Syracuse University B.A candidate (2012-2015) dual majoring in International Relations (emphasizing in Asia, Security and Diplomacy) and Middle Eastern Studies.
Recently, I concluded a 3-month Nepali earthquake disaster relief tour as a volunteer relief coordinator with a small US-based NGO called Aythos, courtesy of my own expenses. During the duration of my stay in Nepal, I engaged in activities from post-disaster phases (medical, food and shelter distribution) to early-recovery phases (hygiene, water, and solar solutions).
Toward the final stages of my tour, I engaged in the construction of solar-powered charging kiosks to keep village communication intact in case of emergencies. These solar-charging kiosks (20w -100w systems) allow villagers in and around the Himalayan ranges to remain powered in terms of cell service, rechargeable AA/AAA batteries, rechargeable power tools, and LED lights and headlamps.
Without these solutions in areas aggravated by monsoons, earthquakes, aftershocks and landslides, villages face transportation and communication issues that cut them off from relief access up to 1 to 2 weeks at a time. Many geological services around the world continue to forecast that Nepal, straddling the Indian and Eurasian continental plates, will receive significant aftershocks in the foreseeable future.
While I cannot leverage against all the critical issues Nepali villages will face in the future, I have the utmost confidence my first-hand experience installing solar-powered charging kiosks will be of significant and critical importance to alleviate the ongoing and future challenges that will take place in Nepal as result of ensuing earthquakes.
Since my departure from Nepal in August 2015, I have been longing to return to Nepal to continue the humanitarian work that I found so critical and rewarding to those continued to be effected. My intention with your generous donations is to build waterproof, lockable, solar-powered charging kiosks with rechargeable power tools and donate them to communities-in-need across Nepal.
In addition to keeping communications intact and providing sustainable power, the attached rechargeable power tool sets will also allow rebuilding of schools, health centers and community centers.
If there are any questions about this campaign, or my past tour in Nepal, please contact me at (Bkam@thriveproject.org) or visit www.facebook.com/powernepalnow to learn more and get involved.
Thank you for time and support. Together with your help, we can provide sustainable power and energy education to one Himalayan village at a time!
We are pleased to inform you that Thrive will be presenting at the 1st International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship on social reconstruction, hosted by King's College, at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu.
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1) Siddhipur Vocational Program (Phase 1 complete, phase 2 in progress)
2) Matatirtha Oldage Home Vocational Program (Woman and Elderly empowerment, in progress)
1) Presenting on Social reconstruction @ Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, hosted by King's College, Hyatt Regency Kathmandu.
2) Presenting at Sustainable solutions workshop, hosted by The Climate Reality Project Nepal and Power Nepal Initiative by Thrive Project
The Thrive Team currently in Nepal is safe and are continuing to work on building resilience against these disasters.
A quick recap of our trip thus far:
We arrived at Nepal on Wednesday morning, May 25th. We quickly dropped off our bags and met up with our translator. Soon after, we went out to Siddhipur village where we will be deploying our pilot program for our SPARK Charging Kiosks in the coming days. Here we talked to the people of the village, learned more about the electrical infrastructure, and overall learned how we can help their situation. Our work will begin shortly on implementing our KIOSK systems and educating the community, especially the youth.
Since our last update one month ago, a whole lot has happened and it has been nothing but wonderful!
We have been work tirelessly to put your generous donation to work. Our milestones listed below speaks to our work ethic!
1) Apr 19th 2016: Thrive Project Co-Founder Joshua Moon and Co-Director Ryan Brinkerhoff pitched to the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University last week and secured $10,000 investment! The funds will be distributed early June 2016. Thrive Project advanced to the final round of NYPBC at SUNY Polytechnic.
2) Apr 29th, 2016: leaders of Thrive Project presented in the final round of the New York Business Plan Competition at SUNY Poly’s world-class Albany NanoTech Complex, along with 500 other student-led teams. Thrive Project was the most engaging presentation in the Energy/Sustainability category, which won the Esprit De Corps award. Read more here: ( http://ow.ly/3uNB300cHlB)
3) 5/15/2016: Thrive is now in the preparation stage for our deployment to Nepal from 5/23/2016 - 6/15/2016, in order to field test the SPARK units and teach local residents how to develop their own units in an effort to help build more sustainable communities in areas that are prone to earthquakes and other natural disasters. We leave in T-7 days!!!!!!!
Please continue to support us through contributions and sharing the word on our great project. You have been tremendous in our journey so far, and we look forward to sharing more great news as we embark on our very first overseas operation as an organization in 1 week!
Jamie a resident of Paramus, New Jersey, became interested in Thrive Projects upon hearing of the groups ambition for creating positive social change. However, he was ultimately drawn into the group upon meeting more members of the team and witnessing, firsthand, the level of ambition, drive, and commitment that dominated the atmosphere. "The extent to which this group has progressed in it's initiative stunned me and compelled me to want to join."
Through working with Thrive, Jamie hopes to be able to venture into the remote areas of the world that can most benefit from Thrive's technology. "One of my ambitions has always been to interact with communities like in Nepal and provide aid to the local population. Through this experience, I hope to expand my cultural awareness, develop myself not only as a leader, but also as a follower, and, if possible, pursue a career in bringing this technology to more communities like the ones in Nepal."
Welcome to the team, Jamie!!
Dear Good People! Thanks to generous donations from good friends, and charitable supporters, under a week we have reached $1,540. I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart for a strong beginning, believing in me and the mission I have chose to embark on. Let's share the good word on the campaign, hit another $1,000 mark and bring critical assistance to those are who less fortunate.