A Japanese government official
checks out the solar lamps
Solar powered lanterns manufactured by Palanpuri entrepreneurs Shashank Mehta and Samir Kothari under the trade name Sunlite are lighting up UNHCR (United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees) run evacuation centres in earthquake-tsunami affected North-East Japan.
Mehta and Kothari’s company India Impex manufactures the environmentally friendly, portable, solar powered LED lanterns, and was recognised as an approved UNHCR vendor just over two years ago. The Sunlite model was selected for supplies to emergency areas & UNHCR serviced refugee camps.
Soon after the earthquake-tsunami wreaked havoc in Japan, India Impex received a special order for sending a consignment to the UNHCR camps in the region. The company airfeighted the first batch of 1800 pieces about two weeks ago and will be sending a second batch of 1800 soon.
According to an article posted on the UNCHR website, “UNHCR flew in the eco-friendly solar lamps from its supplier in India and trucked them to Ishinomaki to shine a ray of light – and hope – into the evacuation shelters for some 10,000 people” and “Local government officials and displaced residents at Minato Elementary School, temporary home to about 2,700 people, gratefully took delivery of the lamps on Wednesday. Charged by sunlight and normally bought by UNHCR for use in refugee camps, the lamps can run for hours at night.”
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