For several years the labour lines of West Jalinga Tea Estate were in darkness. After sunset, no street light facility was present. The Government was very reluctant to provide light facilities on the labour line roads. So, West Jalinga Management took the initiative with the help of Fairtrade to provide Solar Street Lights to the labour line roads. This will help the local workers to do their household work more efficiently than before. This program is not a stand alone project. The management is working towards keeping the lights alive by continuously replacing damaged ones and installing new ones.
Access to clean drinking water has always been a problem for the West Jalinga Workers. Our management took the initiative to help them with this basic need and installed Tara Pumps in the different locations of the garden to provide clean drinking water to all of West Jalinga Tea Estate. Periodical testing of the water in the water pumps improves credibility to a large extent. This initiative has greatly reduced water scarcity in the estate.
Mosquitoes pose a big threat to the life of West Jalinga People. Many people suffer from malaria on a regular basis. Fairtrade and we have come up with the initiative to provide mosquito nets to every worker. This initiative has greatly worked and diseases due to mosquitoe bites have gone down drastically. The basic heath of every worker has improved.
Lunch Box to Children:
Before the implementation of Fairtrade, proper amenities like school bag, lunch box remained a dream for the general school going children in Jalinga. It also increased the chance of getting ill due to water related or pollution related health issues. To overcome these problems and to improve the basic hygiene of the students the management with the help of local Fairtrade Premium Committee have distributed the lunch boxes to every school going children of the West Jalinga Tea Estate.
Other than these prominently mentioned projects the garden management with the help of Fairtrade Premium distributes T-Shirts and Sarees on the eve of Durga Puja. Also in winter, jackets and shawl are distributed for the workers.
Also we, on behalf of West Jalinga Tea Estate Management will continue giving household products like mustard oil, cereals etc. to fight against adulterated foods and improve the general health of the workers.
Future Fairtrade Projects:-
TLUD stands for Top Lit Up Draft.
Most cook stoves are Bottom Lit Up Draft.
TLUD technology is pursued around the world since it saves fuel.
It is a stove with a canister.
It when filled with fuel (any Dry Biomass waste like twigs, coconut,husks, cow dung, Carpentry waste, etc) and combusted.
It will enable cooking for an average of 30 minutes depending on fuel type.
Produces precious charcoal at the end ; can be used for various commercial applications.
Cost – $50/unit ; Total 500 households ; Total cost – $25,000
JALINGA T.E. is located in South Assam(Cachar region). Estate land holdings are large & there is abundant bio-mass available vis a vis upper Assam where holdings are compact.
BENEFITS OF COOK STOVE / CARBON CREDITS
Energy solutions for the poor, mainly in Cooking Efficiency
Address the global social problem of Energy Conservation
Encouraging the usage of Alternate and Renewable Energy Sources
With a focus on ushering in Rural Economic Independence especially for people Below Poverty Line in developing countries
Social entrepreneurship based business model.
Strong focus on Conservation of Fossil Fuels, Reduction of Carbon Emission, Reduction of Indoor Air Pollution and Reduction of De-Forestation.
Current Base-line workers are using wood for cooking, CO2 emission takes place this is very harmful as they inhale this. Inturn De-forestation is vastly prevalent.
This cook stove requires Bio-mass and after cooking the end product is Charcoal, this can be collected from the labour houses & inturn used in the tea factories for coal firing required in tea production(avoidance of coal escavation)
Therefore double carbon emission saving(giving double carbon credits)
This is already an approved methodology with GS & UNFCCC