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Solar Power For Congo Hospitals

  • Congo Activities in 2018-2019     26 January 2020
    Posted by: Tasman Community Trust
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    It has been a while since we updated you all on what has been done in 2018 and is being planned in 2020 (2019 was a "rest year" for health reasons)!

    During our visit in 2018 we installed a 3kW Solar and Mains stabilised system into Papillon Hospital in Lubumbashi. This hospital already had mains power, but only on random days and times. The new system tops up reserve battery levels when mains are available, and charges these same batteries via Solar Power when mains are absent.

    In addition, we installed a similar 3Kw system into the main administration building of the organisation we work. CDLA coordinates humanitarian help in the provinces nearby. This system has enabled the regular use of the internet via a cellular WiFi system, something that is integral to the containerised state-of-the-art X-Ray machine on site that has been generously donated by a partner in Ireland. This has revolutionised the capability for our partners to do affordable imaging for patients, the results of which can be sent around the world for interpretation (if necessary). All images are instantly digitised into High Definition files (no more old-style X-Ray plates needed!). Of course you can only do this if you have reliable power!

    2020 will see us visit all installations in order to make sure everything is maintained and fully functional. The bulk of our installations will last for 20 years, but things like batteries do need replacing from time to time. In addition, some of our sites are prone to lightening strikes. For example, Mulongo and Mitwaba Hospital sites have both been hit by lightening during 2019. Fortunately, both sites are equipped with lightening rods and surge protectors, which minimised damage. However, replacement of some panels and controllers was necessary as a result of these events. This all costs money!

    We are so thankful for those who continue to support this valuable work in a country where 90% of the population do not have access to electricity. Your help enables us to make a real difference by equipping desperately needed hospitals with reliable electricity.

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  • 2017 Solar Power Success at Mulongo!     6 April 2018
    Posted by: Tasman Community Trust
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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 Impact

    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)!

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  • Lwanza Project Success!     14 July 2016
    Posted by: Tasman Community Trust

    A Leap Forward in Electrical Capability!

    Our first project has just been completed at Lwanza Hospital on Lake Mwero. Costing around US$10,000, the installed 2.4kW system provides 230V AC to 2 Surgery units and a maternity unit. The complete system 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.

    With this one installation, thousands of people will be able to receive hospital care over the coming years that would otherwise simply not be possible. Relaible electricity in a hospital allows for the installation of: ultrasound equipment, general anaesthetics equipment, surgical suction equipment, cauterising scalpels, diagnostics laboratory equipment, computer technology, reliable communications, and refrigeration.

    For more details and pics head to our website! http://www.kiwisinthecongo.org

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  • Massive Charity Craft Sale!     26 April 2016
    Posted by: Tasman Community Trust
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    Thanks to a generous donation of craft materials we were able to run a sale on Saturday 23 April and raised over $5000! The sale continues this week and we hope to raise even more as people buy up material, wool, sewing items etc. Thanks so much to Colin Ewers who donated all the goods for the sale from his beloved wife's estate.

    Charity Sale continues on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, April 27-30th, from 10:00am at 6 Williams Road in Tasman.

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  • Auction Result     25 February 2016
    Posted by: Tasman Community Trust

    Well the auction was a bit of a mixed bag. A great financial result with over $3,000 raised on the night. We expect to raise around another $1,200-$1500 from items passed in under reserve—these will be auctioned on TradeMe.

    Somewhat disappointing was the actual turnout of people on the night. Things to learn for next time :-)

    We are happy that we can add over $4,000 from this auction to the total raised through Give-a-Little!

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  • Charity Auction in Support of the Project     16 February 2016
    Posted by: Tasman Community Trust
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    We have been working hard to put together a charity auction to bolster our fundraising for this project. Many locals have come forward with good gear they no longer need, and business have come on board as well, donating new items to the mix.

    Items and services up for auction include children's bikes, small chest freezer, good push lawnmower, Grocery vouchers, books, shade umbrellas, pottery by recognised artists, Sprig and Fern vouchers, Quilts, Holiday weekend in a batch at Elaine Bay in the Malborough Sounds, New clothing, gift basket of kitchen ware, furniture items, Computer Training voucher etc.

    Thanks so much to those in our local community who have pitched in to help!

    The auction is on Saturday 20th @ 7pm, Tasman Bible Church on 6 Williams Rd.

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