Name of Project: Rural Electrification through Solar Energy

Brief Description:

Area of operation is arid and semiarid and major portion has no grid connected electricity is available. People have to use kerosene oil or just live in darkness. So this was initiated after a formal need assessment that how could be used the surplus time of community and minimize the hardship they face due to unavailability of lighting. First PV system was got from a private firm for Mosque and then switched over to schools, lighting system at household, communication etc and the experience remained of high interest.

We had 05 options; storage of life saving drugs in remote areas, lighting in clinics, communication, lighting at and fans for schools/homes/micro enterprises and 5th one was lighting for religious places. Our philanthropist chose 5th option and we AWARE developed a model project. Then fourth, 3rd, 2nd and recently switched over to first …! Very interesting. CSOs have different priority and philanthropists have their own, but no matter we have common areas of interest at least.


First solar PV system was installed in mosque at Pandhi Chacher village of Taluka Umerkot in 2004 and one system installed at Peeluro village of Taluka Mithi. 07 systems installed in mosques of 05 villages (Tardos, Sawan Ji Dhani, Karooro, Samoo Rind, Charnore ) of Tehsil Chachro District Tharparkar 06 PV systems installed in schools (02 High Schools, 01 middle school and 03 primary schools) of above said villages of District Tharparkar. One system installed at PHC Center Tardos, Tehsil Chachro. More than 200 small systems promoted with social entrepreneurial approach in Thar

Duration: Started in Sep: 2004, second phase in 2005 and 3rd phase in 2008


1. Akhtar Solar Islamabad (a private firm)

2. Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) Govt. of Pakistan

3. BMM Technology, Islamabad

4. Philanthropists, Community & AWARE

Location: 01 village of Umerkot, 08 villages of Tehsil Chachro & one village of Thesil Mithi

Funding Source: Private firms, Govt of Pakistan, philanthropists and Community



Water Aid & Sukar Foundation has aapreciated work of AWARE for working on water sector in Thar especially on cost effective desalination and defluoridation work in backward area.

Nutirtion Kits Provided by Engro Polymer

Engro Polymer has provided nutrition kits for poor people of Thar under its corporate social responsibility. These kits are for growing vegetables at household level. AWARE has installed kists in identified peoples homes (village Charnore & Tardos) in Thar.

Goats for Widows

With support for philinthropists goats will be provided to widows of village Wawri, Tehsil Chachro of Tharparkar. Gaots are being provided as a source of sustainable livelihood.

Medical Study of Flurosis effected Tharis launched on 30 March 2010

Dow Medical University Karachi and AWARE conducted a medical Study of Flurosis effected Tharis and this has been rolled out on on mrach 30 2010 at Dow Medical University Karachi. Scholars had highlight the health affects of contaminated underground water on people of Thar. Mr. Nisar Khuhro Speaker Sindh Assembly presided over the event.

More Windmills for Thar

Support for more 03 windmills has been received. Out these three windmills two will be for drinking water purposes and one for kitchen gardening and efficient irrigation system in Thar. The support has been extended by three philanthropists.

Livelihood for Poor Thari

For support of a group of poorer of poor AWARE has received an amount of Rs.50,000/= from philanthropist. The amount will be utilized for purchasing hens/chickens for a group of 10 people and also 10 nutrition kits are proposed to provide for growing vegetables in backyard of home.

Relief Activities for Fire Victims

AWARE Disaster Response Team mobilized resources for fire victims of village Charnore, Tehsil Chachro. Food items, bedding and crockery has been provided to victims. On call of AWARE handsome amount in cash has been recievd and that will be utilized for rehabilitation purposes. With support of AWARE, newspapers and TV channels reported the incident. AWARE Team also conducted assessment of damages.