It’s amazing what a few hours of light in the evening can accomplish. For 8th grader Mahesh, years of early sunsets took a toll on his learning capabilities. No electricity at his house meant very little time for homework, if any. His family ate dinner early in the evening to beat the darkness. And after dinner, they often went right to bed. There was no time for homework; and as a result, Mahesh had less and less interest in doing well in school. In fact, many of his friends dropped out because they didn’t have enough time to read at night.

Before, it was all dark nights; I couldn’t study after school. But now, I am able to use electricity and I can do my homework every night. I’m not facing any problems and I’m now doing well in school. Mahesh, 8th grader

Mahesh’s father, along with others in Kurumpeta, India, decided to meet and change things together. With Outreach International’s help, they submitted applications for assistance from an electricity contractor and made continuous follow ups until the contractor came to their village to begin the installation process. Mahesh even helped the other community members get their community prepared for installation by digging holes for the electricity poles. He began going to village meetings and becoming an active young person in his community. As a result, 468 people in Kurumpeta now have electricity. Mahesh and his family now have time after school to spend together and bond as a family. And now that he has light, Mahesh is taking the time he needs to read and complete his homework. “Before, it was all dark nights; I couldn’t study after school. But now, I am able to use electricity and I can do my homework every night. I’m not facing any problems and I’m now doing well in school,” said Mahesh. WR_2012_India-371 Outreach is continuing to help communities in India prioritize and address their poverty issues. See more work in India: http://outreach-international.org/places/india/