Sanu Kaji Shrestha
FoST Founder and Chairman
Foundation for Sustainable Technologies (FoST) is a non-profit non-governmental organization established in April 2002 under the Social Service Act 2034 of His Majesty's Government of Nepal. FoST was the brainchild of Sanu Kaji Shrestha - a retired official at the World Bank and solar energy hobbyist. He started this hobby since 1995 when there was a shortage of cooking gas in Kathmandu, Sanu Kaji found himself forced to take three days off from work to stand in long queues for fuel. It was then he realized the extent of Nepal's dependence and started seriously researching ways to bring sustainable domestic sources of energy to his country. In 2001, Sanu Kaji retired from the World Bank to work full time to fulfill this goal. After the retirement, he extensively traveled different parts of Europe and America accepting internships in renowned institutes involved in sustainable technologies.
FoST has since grown to include a group of dedicated experts with long national and international experiences in the fields of alternative and renewable energy sources, community development, and micro-enterprise development and financing. FoST has provided sustainable technology solutions to over a thousand households in poor rural villages and is constantly researching new technologies and their applications for the region. It has conducted more than dozens of demonstrations and workshops to educate people of the importance of sustainable technologies in daily life. See the photos in FoST Activities.
FoST's focus includes, but is not limited to:
The FoST Mission
To design, develop and disseminate low cost, easily adaptable sustainable technologies for improving quality of life of the poor people in rural areas.
Queues for Fuel
- To implement action-oriented program in the rural areas in alleviating poverty and to empower the rural women through sustainable technologies.
- To organize interaction, training workshops and seminar on sustainable technologies. Also to develop and publish extension materials to create awareness among people on sustainable technologies.
- To conduct research on effective utilization of available energy in Nepal.
- To design projects that generates employment opportunities by creating micro-enterprises.
- To explore, develop and disseminate suitable technologies proven and used in Nepal and other countries.
- To promote, disseminate and develop sustainable energy efficient devices for the use in daily life, and also publish related literature.
- To monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the different products.
- To launch programs on practical knowledge for the school students on alternative and renewable energies, re-use and recycling waste materials.
- To provide advice and opinion to the government agencies and other institutions on sustainable technologies.
The importance of the Mission
In one hand, Nepal is facing serious problems due to wide-spread deforestation, environmental degradation, excessive pollution, inadequate mobilization of natural resources, short supply of safe drinking water and lack of proper management of solid waste and sanitations, on the other hand, we are heavily depended on foreign sources of fossil fuels such as kerosene and propane gas for cooking. Due to lack of awareness on environmental aspects and practices in the community, or because of the cultural practices and traditional behaviors in different geographical locations, people are knowingly or unknowingly consuming more and more costly fuels in daily life which can be minimized heavily without curtailing their daily necessities enriching natural environment.
In view of the trend of depleting forest for fire wood, environmentalists have already predicted that most of the forest areas in Nepal will be converted into desert very soon bringing unwanted and unexpected environmental disasters which will be very hard for us to face with the nature. As we know that the programs for conserving and protecting forest are not so effective due to political instability in the country. In such situation, we need an effective action-oriented program to educate people on environmental issues to relieve them from possible hardships.
To cope with the degrading situation, we need an alternative option to survive in the Earth. Foundation for Sustainable Technologies (FoST) has introduced low cost low tech easily adaptable sustainable technologies to relieve people from the present hardships and also to reduce over dependence on forests and fossil fuels. It educates/persuades people to properly mobilize and manage natural resources without hampering it for the future generations. It also organizes training workshops on environmental education time to time demonstrating sustainable devices for household use.
To abreast the changing situation on climate change FoST is very sensitive to update its knowledge on sustainable technologies. It has already established a network with the national and international institutions involved in this field for regular sharing of the efforts and achievements.
We are associated and affiliated with the following national and international institutions:
- Alternative Energy Promotion Center
- Center for Rural Technology
- Green Energy Mission
- Hands for Help
- Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University
- Kayo Fiber Glass Industry
- Picco Power Co.
- Rotary Club of Kathmandu West
- Rotary Club of Yala
- Rotary Club of Patan
- Rotary Club of Rajdhani
- Rotary Club of Tripureswor
- Royal Nepal Academy for Science and Technology
- Social Welfare Council, Nepal
- Friendly Appropriate Solar Technology (FAST), Los Altos, California
- Rotary Club of Fresno, California
- Rotary Club of Los Altos, California
- Rotary Club of Palo Alto, California
- Solar Cooker International, Secramento, California,
- Spirit Adventures, Victoria, Australia,
- World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), Germany