September 19-26, 2020: Bringing Solar to the Pandu Gupha Health Post, Jumla, Nepal

Travel with GRID in September 2020 to bring clean, reliable electricity to the remote Pandu Gupha Health Post in the Kanakasundari Rural Municipality in Jumla, Nepal!

The large concrete health post, with village surrounding
The Pandu Gupha Health Post is located in Nepal's Jumla District in the Kanakasundari Rural Municipality
The Pandu Gupha Health Post (PGHP) is a health clinic and birthing center located in the village of Pandu Gupha in the remote Kanakasundari Rural Municipality of Nepal’s Jumla District that serves approximately 2,000 households and an estimated 10,000 residents from surrounding communities. While the PGHP is equipped with a full staff and a host of electric medical devices and diagnostic equipment, it currently lacks a reliable source of electricity to power the facility. Women coming to the health post with their young babies or to give birth, for example, must bring firewood with them to heat the facility in the winter, as there is not sufficient electricity to power the warming beds.

With the Jumla District Headquarters’ central medical facility located a 3-hour drive away, the ability of PGHP to reliably provide quality medical care is imperative in ensuring that families from the surrounding remote villages have access to the health and safety services they need. 

Two women from the local community sitting near a pile of firewood in front of the health post
Two new mothers come to the Pandu Gupha Health Post with the firewood used to warm the facility, as the health post currently lacks sufficient electricity to power warming beds
In 2020, GRID Alternatives plans to install a battery-based, off-grid solar 14.85 kW system at the PGHP, giving the facility the ability to generate its own electricity for years to come. With access to clean, reliable electricity, the staff at PGHP will be able to power quality lighting and fully utilize their medical and diagnostic equipment, vaccine refrigeration, and warming beds for newborn babies, to provide thousands of residents with 24-hour quality medical services for common diseases, physical injuries, and maternal and child healthcare.

Group of health post staff sit in front of the health post
The Pandu Gupha Health Post has a full staff at their facility
During the week-long trip to Nepal, participants will be immersed in the remote Kanakasundari community, staying in the community and working alongside GRID staff and partners to assemble and install the solar system from start-to-finish. Participants will learn about the community and the Nepalese culture, and interact personally with families and community members. Before and after the project, participants will have the opportunity to explore some of the region, experiencing Nepali traditions and seeing important cultural sites in both Jumla and Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

GRID participants on a roof at an installation in Nepal
Are you interested in joining GRID in Nepal for a hands-on experience installing solar for a Health Post? This trip is currently sold out but let us know you're interested and we can put you on the waitlist or talk about our other great opportunities to travel with GRID.

Trip Dates: September 19-26, 2020

Location: Pandu Gupha, Jumla, Nepal

Trip Cost: $2,200

The $2,200 trip fee covers all lodging, meals, transportation, and activities during your stay in Nepal. This contribution also makes the project itself possible! The fee does not include airfare to and from Nepal or short-term international travel health insurance. You can fundraise for the trip from your personal networks or pay out of pocket. Have a question about participating? Check out our FAQs to get more information. 

This trip is currently sold out! Check out our other projects to see if there's still room on another trip. 

Contact us for more information about our trips!