Three years ago students from the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High School created a renewable power system from scratch for a remote village in Nepal.
Today one man from the Nepali village came back to thank the students himself.
"Thank you to all of you for your efforts and hardship and all the struggle that you set up the wind turbine."
"Thank you": that's what the popular Nepalese actor known as Thinley came to Hartford to say to the students who changed the lives of the people from his village. We initially brought you this story three years ago when the first group of students designed and created Nepal 1.0.
"The original idea was the build a system that could support lighting for the school and change some lap tops," says Danilo Sena, a 2011 graduate of Hartford Public High School who worked on the original Nepal 1.0.
"Fortunately our system was able to do that and a little bit more."
The wind turbines not only provide power for the villages school, but also the birthing center next door. But the wind and solar powered system that now brings a reliable source of power to the remote village, located at an elevation of 13,000 feet, changed more than just lives in Nepal.
"So it's like when you use the Pythagorean theorem to solve for something in this project and this project helps someone else that's that really needed our help on the other side of the world it changes you," explains Laura Webster, a Senior at Hartford Public High School. "Its like you go to class and you're more inspired to learn new things and those new things might be able to help someone else"
Since the creation of Nepal 1.0, the students have created more renewable power systems for two other Nepalese villages.
"Seeing that legacy continue is amazing and seeing all the kids involved again and speaking highly of it is the better reward" says Sena.
Thinleys encourages the students to, "Please keep continue support to this area and hometown."
Thinley was escorted by Peter Werth, III who started the project through the Werth Family Foundation. Werth has overseen the delivery and installation of the Nepal projects.