Dhaka, Bangladesh
Community CSR Project - A light of hope into the darkness

Community CSR Project - A light of hope into the darkness

Masum (9yrs) lives with his family in Hatiya Island which falls under Noakhali District. It is a standout amongst the most remote regions of Bangladesh. He studies in a neighborhood school in Hatiya. During summer, it is difficult to concentrate in his classes. His tin shade classroom gets extremely sweltering in this weather. As the territory suffers lack of power from national grid, thus the whole region faced early darkness. So, every families need to use candles or lights to proceed with their day to day household work, regardless of the trouble they are subject to. The heat and insufficient light is very burdening for the entire community. This is the reason why the youngsters like Masum are losing interest in their studies. This isn't just Masum's story, it is the common scenario in this region. Right when the nation's vision is to be digitalized soon, there the underprivileged individuals of Hatiya Island is envisaging having power in their neighborhood. Due to non-availability of electricity in these areas, such is having an antagonistic impact in the lives of the occupants and thereafter, they are left out from the development process. Misfortune has turned to light for the inhabitants of Hatiya Island by the 'Tower to Community' CSR program. Now they have access to electricity and such has brought changes in the community immensely. Telecommunication Infrastructure company edotco Bangladesh has been working for long since in creating improved situation for the people of the remote areas through their CSR undertakings. edotco's green telco tower site produces around 4 kilowatts of electric energy on average from an installed solar power facility. Under edotco 'Tower to Community' CSR program, the organization transports around 200W from each tower to the community around the site, free of cost. "Tower to Community" venture expects to guarantee maintainable effect in the territories they work in. "Tower to Community" project aims to ensure sustainable impact in the areas they operate in. Till now they have managed to facilitate more than 700 establishment including mosque, school, madrasa in Hatiya as well as nationwide, under this project. The entire community is benefited immensely through this "Tower to Community" project. Almost every beneficiary family now has electric light and fan in their houses. They are also using the electricity for their daily essential work like, studying, cooking, charging mobile phones, charging flash lights, etc. They are also using electricity for sourcing drinking water. As fishing is the main occupation of the people of these areas, now they can listen to weather forecast and plan day to day work accordingly. Overall, the access to electricity has lowered the challenges faced by the community people significantly. Under the progress in achieving SDG goals in line with Bangladesh Government, edotco desires to continue implementing sustainable CSR to bring in significant improvement in the lives of the people of underprivileged areas across the country.

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