CSR Awards Finalists 2022: How Shanjidul Alam Seban Shaan Fights Climate Change
Shanjidul Alam is the founder of EcoVation and the Bangladesh representative for Liter of Light Global Foundation. His work engages youth volunteers with communities to benefit marginalized people through solar power and tech innovations.

Shanjidul Alam Seban Shaan founded EcoVation that is lighting up underprivileged lives free-of-cost, training younth on renewable energy skills, serving Rohingya refugees, and helping build a cleaner, plastic-free Bangladesh.

Since the establishment of EcoVation Bangladesh, they have impacted 2,50,000 lives with an innovation-focused volunteering approach.

3500+ youth volunteers were trained to become Solar Engineers under his supervision, which not only helps communities with innovative ideas, but also adds to creating solar technicians in the workforce. These young Engineers designed and installed 20+ solar-powered water purification systems free-of-cost
that ensure clean water to more than 50,000 people.

Under their Project My Pad, Shaan’s team of volunteer engineers also train women on reusable pad making.

Under Project Light Giver, they designed solar products out of eco-friendly cheap easily available materials. They have so far lit up more than 1,50,000 peoples’ lives including Rohingya refugees with
volunteer-made water bottle lamps, bamboo bottle solar lamps, and streetlights completely for free-of-cost, all made out of used plastic bottle, bamboo, solar panel, battery and LED.

Till date, through their renewable energy and green skill projects, they reduced 30,000+ metric tons of carbon emissions, through avoiding kerosene lamps in homes. The 1.5 lakh beneficiaries save more than an estimated Tk. 200,000+ in energy costs every year.

Under Project Anti Plastic, they upcycle plastic to make lights and recycle them into eco-bricks, eco-blocks. They make plastic alternatives such as bamboo bottles, bamboo utensils, clay cups, etc,
and train youth groups and any interested volunteers on their use. Under their livelihood program Project SolarPreneur, Shaan’s organization is also training Rohingya youths into solar engineers, with an aim to make them self-dependent.

Till date, Shanjidul partnered up with INGOs like Cordaid, ACTED, UNDP, UNHCR and many more to promote his eco-friendly solutions.

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