The Humanitarian Engineering and Energy for Displacement (HEED) project (EPSRC EP/P029531/1) is an innovative response to growing recognition of the need to improve access to energy, particularly renewable energy sources, for populations displaced by conflict and natural disasters. The focus of HEED is on the lived experiences of Congolese refugees living for protracted periods of time in three refugee camps in Rwanda and internally displaced persons (IDPs) forced to leave their homes as a result of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
This photoreportage - carried out in July 2019 - depicts the stories of changes that Nepalese IDPs living in Khalte are experiencing since the HEED project installed seven communal street lights in the village. Video interviews were also produced to give voice to the community members and to enrich the stories of impact that the project is having at the grassroots level.
The photoreportage has been exhibited at Chatham House - the Royal Institute of International Affairs - in London in October 2019."