Chitwan National Park

First installation completed: November, 2016
Second installation scheduled for: November, 2017

Empowered by Light’s Nepal efforts are doing triple duty in and around Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

  • Rangers protecting single-horned Asiatic rhinos, Bengal tigers and other endangered wildlife from poachers rely on solar panels to bring light, power and communication to isolated ranger stations deep in the forest.

  • Local women — traditionally excluded from the formal economy — work with the social enterprise Empower Generation to sell low-cost solar lighting and panels to people living in the buffer zone that surrounds the park.  

  • Solar-powered tourist towers bring in money for conservation efforts and projects designed to minimize conflicts between communities living in and around the park and wildlife.

In all of these ways, access to clean energy helps the community create economic opportunities while protecting the unique ecosystem that surrounds and sustains them.

In November 2017, Empowered by Light and Empower Generation are returning to Nepal to provide more assistance to Chitwan National Park and the communities that surround it. The two nonprofits are hoping to raise $50,000 to help complete two projects. The first is installing solar panels to light and power an isolated ranger outpost in the jungle, to help rangers protecting the park’s endangered wildlife. The second is to train 10 local women, whose economic opportunities are traditionally limited, to sell solar lights and other clean-power products to local families.

We hope you will consider participating in the next chapter of this story by making a donation. Your support is greatly appreciated.



Learn more about Empowered by Light’s work in Chitwan National Park by watching Bufferzone, a 20-minute documentary film released in May 2017.

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