Nepalese Village Elder Visits HPHS to Thank Hartford Students
Published on Mar 18, 2016
(February 19th, 2016) Thinley Lhondup Lama, an elder from the Nepali village of Saldang visited students at Hartford Public High School’s Academy of Engineering & Green Technology to say thank you for the wind and solar powered system designed by the students that now brings reliable power to this remote village for the first time.
Thinley (left) with Principal of Hartford Public High School's Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, Mike Maziarz, wearing his gift from Thinley, and the senior class student spokesmen, who thanked Thinley and presented him with gifts of AoEGT T-shirts.
Back in 2013, eight students from the Academy of Engineering & Green Technology (AEGT) designed and built a unique renewable power system for Saldang, Nepal, an extremely remote village at an elevation of 13,000 feet. The wind turbine brought electricity to the village for the first time. The system now provides power for the village school and a birthing center.
Thinley autographs scarves which were gifts from the villagers to the students, as Engineering Teacher David Mangus looks on.
Since then, AEGT students have developed two additional renewable power systems for the Nepalese villages of Namdo and Karang, where they provide electricity to the village school.
Thinley and his interpretor, left, Peter Werth of the Werth Foundation, and Thinley's granddaughter, a designer who lives in Catmandu, enjoy a tour of the high school.
Thinley, one of the village elders of Saldang, is in the United States visiting his daughter. He asked if he could visit the school to personally meet and thank students, their mentors and their teachers who worked on the project.
The students wear scarves, gifts from Thinley.
Thinley was escorted by Peter Werth, III of the Werth Family Foundation. Werth has overseen the delivery and installation of both Nepal projects.
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