Published:  12:02 AM, 04 October 2021

GEORGE H.W. BUSH Points of Light recognizes Shanjidul Alam in Inspirational Honor Roll

GEORGE H.W. BUSH Points of Light recognizes Shanjidul Alam in Inspirational Honor Roll
 
GEORGE H.W. BUSH Points of Light recognizes Shanjidul Alam in its Inspirational Honor Roll for providing green solutions to his community. He provided water bottle lamp, solar bamboo bottle lamp, solar bottle streetlight to communities in Chattogram and Rohingya refugees.

A youth from Chattogram city founded EcoVation Bangladesh (formerly Liter of Light Bangladesh) to innovate solutions that can change peoples' lives got recognized.  Shanjidul has captured imaginations around the country with his grassroots social enterprise EcoVation, that promotes simple DIY technology to help people living in rural areas with limited or no access to electricity create affordable and sustainable solar light.

The 27-year-old youth, whose work has been recognised by the United Nations agencies, partnered up with INGOs to equip up Rohingya refugees with green-skills that enables them to make solar products and lit up their lives.

EcoVation Bangladesh designed solar products out of eco-friendly cheap easily available materials. Water bottle lamp, solar bamboo bottle lamp, solar bottle streetlight, all are made out of plastic bottle, bamboo, solar panel, battery and LED. Their volunteers make them and distribute them free-of-cost to electricity-deprived areas such as coastal area, island, hill tract area, slum and refugee camps. They train underprivileged youth on making those so that they can turn into solar-engineer which brings a huge workforce in renewable energy. They upcycle plastic to make lights, recycle them into eco-bricks, eco-blocks. They make plastic alternatives such as bamboo bottle, bamboo utensils, clay cups etc, and train the underprivileged on how to make them. They install water purification systems in public places to ensure people safe water free-of-cost. They are designing solar-based water purification system for remote areas. They train women on making reusable sanitary pads from cloths, and promote it.




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