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Why we are committed to environmental protection

Life without Electricity and Light

In Nepal, the electricity grid does not reach into the remote rural areas, let alone deep into the high mountains. Traditionally, families maintain an open fireplace in their homes to provide a source of heat and light and to prepare meals. Especially in the cold winter months, the fires are constantly going and cause extreme air pollution in the small, often windowless rooms. As smoke builds up, there is a high incidence of pneumonia, chronic lung disease, eye and stomach irritation, and other health problems, especially in children. In fact, nationally, 58% percent of the 3,600 deaths in children from acute lower respiratory infections are attributable to household air pollution.

These are our solutions for man and nature

Smokeless Stoves

With the help of energy-efficient smokeless stoves, water or meals can be heated more quickly and the consumption of firewood is significantly lower than with traditional open fires. The insulation provided by a double metal base helps to store the heat generated. The heat of the stoves is regulated and the smoke produced is led outside through a pipe.

Solar Light

This marks the beginning of a new era for families, the open fire in the middle of the room as the only source of light is now a thing of the past. Our technicians install the solar lighting systems on site and educate residents on how they work and how to maintain them. Families can do minor repair work themselves through these instructions.

Biogas Plants

Progressive deforestation thus threatens not only valuable ecosystems, but also the livelihoods of the already very poor population, because the availability of food, fodder and energy is increasingly diminishing.

Young Environmentalists

Through community-based initiatives children and young people are supported in becoming active for the environment, educate their families and friends, and to dispose of and recycle waste appropriately.


Back to Life bases the implementation of its projects on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, which sets out 17 global sustainability goals, also known as SDGs (Sutainable Development Goals) for short. The vision of these goals is focused on the year 2030 and aims to enable all people worldwide to live in dignity and peace and to preserve our natural resources in the long term. By installing the smoke-free stoves and solar panels, Back to Life is specifically contributing to sustainability goals for health, clean energy and climate protection.

What have we achieved so far?

Garbage cans and waste collection points established
Smokeless stoves
Biogas plants
People for the
sensitized to environmental protection
Climate neutral
solar lights

Our successes

  • Clean, off-grid energy for people in remote villages
  • Fewer respiratory diseases due to smokeless stoves
  • Reduced consumption of firewood & protection of local forests
  • saving CO2-emissions
  • Light in the evening hours makes learning, reading and working easier
  • Women spend significantly less time collecting wood
  • Increased environmental awareness & reduced pollution
  • Usage of organic fertilizers established
  • Youth mobilised for active environmental protection

In one mountain village, after his solar system was hooked up, a man told me, “Now we finally have eyes for the dark!” I’ll never forget that. It is worthwhile for people and the environment to establish clean energy in remote areas. We can make it happen with your help!
Stella Deetjen

Would you like to help and become a project sponsor?

By sponsoring a project, you can make our conservation programs and access to clean energy possible for people in the mountains.

Would you like to help and become a project sponsor?

By sponsoring a project, you can make our conservation programs and access to clean energy possible for people in the mountains.
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