We power villages.

Our Mission

Power a Village seeks to provide the infrastructure for sustainable, renewable electricity to the villages which are in darkness, around the world.

Our Story

Founder of 'Power a Village' Mohan Basnet is from a village in Nepal where, not so long ago, residents lived without electricity. To light their homes at night people burned kerosene lamps. Unfortunately, this gave many people asthma, lung cancer, and breathing problems.

However, an inexpensive 2 kilowatt hydroelectric generator or a 2 kilowatt micro solar grid can easily provide enough electricity to light up to 20 households. Not only is a hydroelectric generator mechanically simple and easy to repair, it also provides clean renewable energy with negligible environmental effects.

Walter introducing Hardeni Village Project in a fundraising event in 2013.

Hardeni Village after the successful implementation of the Project.

Furthermore, there are many local suppliers of hydroelectric generators and micro solar grid located in Kathmandu, meaning the technology does not need to be shipped halfway across the world. Should a mechanical problem arise that is not easily fixed by village residents, a solution can be navigated in their native language by people in their extended community.

We have the technology!

We start each project by selecting a village. Villages are evaluated based on need and villager interest by a member of our team (Sushil) who lives in Nepal. Once a village is identified as a good candidate for an electrification project, we work with vendors of hydroelectric, solar, and other renewable energy equipment located in Kathmandu. We then create a detailed estimate of final costs, and begin fundraising. Once enough donations have been amassed, we transfer money from our dedicated bank account in Nebraska to a dedicated bank account in Nepal, and the vendors are paid. Vendors begin manufacture and assembly of the quoted parts as soon as money is made available to them. Once completed, the parts are transported by Sushil to the village.

Once a village has been notified of selection, a committee is formed that includes members from each household to oversee the maintenance of the electricity source. In the Hardeni project, each household offered individual donations to support the project, which were collected by the head of this committee. During Hardeni project, villagers voluntarily made necessary preparations for the generator prior to its arrival, including the construction of a small hut to shelter it from the elements, and the rerouting of an elevated irrigation line to the hut. Furthermore, villagers ran wiring from the hut's electrical box to the village and from house to house. Villagers are the sole owners and creators of their own electricity, and have invested their own time to bring this project to fruition.

Power a Village, global change on a local budget! We are not asking you to pay for our expensive plane tickets, so that we can fly to Nepal and personally perform manual labor in the name of 'change,' when there are many capable Nepalis willing to do it themselves! We realize that there is a budget gap that keeps many villages from having their own electricity. All we ask is that you help us to eliminate that gap. We'll take care of the rest!

Executive Team

Want to chat, Skype, or meet in the Omaha/Lincoln, NE area?
We are excited to talk to you, don't hesitate to contact us.

General inquiries: poweravillage@gmail.com

Mohan Basnet
Mechanical Engineering

Walter Bircher
Mechanical Engineering

Sushil Raut
On the ground in Nepal

Rachel Gehringer-Wiar
Nebraska Appleseed

Prawesh Khanal
Business Administration

Jubin Rajbhandari
Mechanical Engineering

Power a Village is a registered non-profit in the state of Nebraska. We do not have 501(c)(3) status, however we do have a fiscal agent for larger donations, or if tax exemption is desired. Please contact Mohan Basnet for more information about making a tax exempt donation through our fiscal agent.

Sponsor a village!

Would your organization like to bring power to a village? If your organization is interested in participating in a fundraiser, we can pair you with an individual village. A single village project generally requires funding in the range of $5000. This brings light to 20-30 homes. Contact us to learn more!

Sorung 8 Village Pico-Hydro Project

-Total Cost: $5500
-Total Households: 25
-Total Population: 132

Mayankhu 6 Village Pico-Hydro Project

-Total Cost: $5500
-Total Households: 30
-Total Population: 152


March 26, 2014 -

Power a Village is organizing a fundraising event on April 5, 2014. Tickets are on sale. Please see the flyer for details.

February 8, 2014 -

The Sorung Village Solar Electrification Project was carried out successfully! Thanks to your help, Power a Village was able to install multiple solar panels in the Sorung Village, providing many villagers with a clean, renewable light source. Pictures of the Sorung Village project have been added to the slideshow on our main page.

January 29, 2014

- We have added a new member to our executive team. Jubin Rajbhandari, a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Texas, Arlington has joined our team in place of Rajeev, who recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jubin organized a "Walk for Nepal" group in support of Power a Village and was instrumental in raising the funds required for completion of the Sorung Village Solar project. He is the Power a Village point of contact for those in the Dallas/Fortworth areas. His contact information can be found on our contact page.

December 11, 2013 - Power a Village has unveiled it's blog! Check it out by clicking the tumblr link in the upper left corner of the page. The blog features a wealth of technical information and more in-depth updates than are available here.

November 5, 2013

- The Dallas 'Walk for Nepal' event was a great success! We had many donors sign up in our support, and together they helped us raise over $800!

October 11, 2013

- Power a Village is proud to announce that it has become involved in the event 'Walk for Nepal' which will take place on November 10th in Arlington, TX. If you live in the area, sign up to walk, with Power a Village as your sponsored organization!

August 29, 2013

- Our member Rachel is running a half marathon in support of the Sorung village! Visit her YouCaring fundraiser page to support her, and donate to bring power to the people of Sorung village!

August 20, 2013

- The Hardeni Electrification project is complete! More pictures and videos to come!

June 18, 2013

- Power a Village raised enough funds to completely power the Hardeni Village! Soon pictures and video of the progress will be available for viewing on our website. To all of the donors, we must say thank you. Without your help, many people would be without a safe form of light. Your contribution, no matter how large, directly affects the lives of people without electricity. People, it is the year 2013. Don't you think it's about time for people to have lightbulbs in their homes? We sincerely appreciate your donations.

May 25th, 2013

- Executive positions are tentatively being chosen for the Board of Directors. So far, they are as follows:

May 20th, 2013

- Power a Village has officially been incorporated in the state of Nebraska as a non profit organization!

May 19th, 2013

- Power a Village was featured in an article in the Lincoln Journal Star! Click below for the article.

May 11th, 2013

- Power a Village is in the process of incorporating through the state of Nebraska as a nonprofit organization! Because we care about professionalism, we are becoming a legitimate NPO, rather than simply a group of students.

April 13, 2013

- NEPAL NITE 2013: American and Nepali students dancing the Sherpa Dance together at Nepal Nite 2070, in support of Power a Village.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus Union
Classical and Folk Dances and Ethnic Nepalese Cuisine!!
April 13, 2013, 5PM


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