Solar Power For Congo Hospitals
Raising funds to sustainably power hospitals in DRC using solar installation systems.Nelson / Tasman
The few hospitals there are in rural DRC are reliant on diesel generators that are too expensive to run for any length of time.
By installing solar power systems we can give a strategic hospital the opportunity to use things like ultrasounds, surgical lighting, general anaesthetics, cauterising scalpels and other life-saving equipment.
In 2016 we raised enough to install a 2.4kW solar system at Lwanza Hospital, providing essential 230v electricity to 3 theatres and basic LED lighting throughout the hospital.
In 2017 we put a total of 5kW Solar into Mulongo Hospital, which treats over 50,000 patients each year!
In 2018 we hope to fine tune work done in Lwanza and Mulongo and install safe drinking water systems for patients.
100% of donations given will be spent in the DRC. No money given to this cause will be spent on administration, travel or indirect expenses.
Tasman Community Trust's involvement
We are involved in the Congo in support of indigenous work there, including education and health care. We have established good contacts locally and travel over each year to ensure that any assistance given is used as intended. ALL our personal expenses are covered from sources outside this Give-A-Little fundraising.
The Tasman Community Trust was formed in 2013 to establish community based services in our district. The Trust is registered with the Charities Commission, being non-profit in nature and intent—all funds received are used in the local community. We are registered with the Charities Commission (CC50427), so all donations made to the Trust are tax-deductable and our financial records are a matter of public record.
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Our second project has just been completed at Mulongo Hospital on Lake Kabamba. Costing just over US$10,000, we installed 5kW of solar power in three strategic locations within the hospital complex. The system provides 3.2kW of 230V AC to 2 Surgery units, 1kW to a maternity unit, and another 1kW to paediatrics, internal medicine and a lab. All systems can also be switched to a generator source in the event of system failure or if a short-term boost in power is needed to drive a heavy current device.
The system is designed primarily for heavy daylight use, since this is the reality of the hospital workload. We did install enough batteries to ensure the surgical ward has all-night lighting available — something not previously possible.
In the surguries themselves, we replaced high wattage florescent tube lighting with a dual system of AC LEDs and a DC LED backup system. This makes a huge difference in terms of available light in the operating environment! Each theatre now has 4 x 5W LEDs for general room lighting as well as 5 x 9W LEDs and an adjustable 20W, directional LED floodlight above the operating table. All this without running a generator (which the hospital can't afford to run anyway)!
Thanks so much for your donation! You can rest assured that all money raised for this project will go toward the actual installation and will NOT be used for administration, travel or other personal expenses.
Thanks so much for your generous support! We are in the final stages of planning our next trip over in the second week of May. Your money will all be put to good use for the new solar install at Mulongo Hospital. Please check our website for updates as the installation gets underway. www.kiwisinthecongo.org.nz
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