GYSD 2012 was celebrated from the 20th of April to 22nd April this year. In Bangladesh, International Education And Resource Network-Bangladesh (iEARN-BD) celebrated the Global Youth Service day by helping those who dwell in slums, with projects such as Solar Bottle-Bulbs, Earthquake Awareness Outreach and Water Purification Tablet Donation. Volunteering for these projects were the Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Alumni, who helped make all the projects successfully come to life.
It all started with a workshop held by iEARN-BD for the volunteers on the 16th and 18th of April, 2012, to prepare for the projects for GYSD. The Solar Bottle-Bulbs, a project planned and coordinated by Gulshan Jubaed Prince, were made and assembled in the workshops. All that was needed was corrugated sheets of tin, a clear, transparent bottle of any volume between 1 and 2 liters, some silicone or rubber sealants, Korean putty, chlorine-water mixture and some cylindrical plastic pipe pieces and you'd have a working Solar Bottle-Bulb that says goodbye to all the daytime darkness woes of slum dwellers and to ease the pressure off the national power grid during daytime. A significant number of YES Alumni members help bring the these bulbs into existence, we made a huge number of bulbs, some of which are kept as surplus, to be used the next time we run this project.
Solar Bottle Project in K-L Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Website
GYSD Bangladesh report at Daily Sun
GYSD Bangladesh report and GYSD Website
Reporter: Kazi Tamjeed Newaj, YES-8
Project Coordinator: Gulshan Jubaed Prince, YES-8