Electricity is something most of us take for granted here in the US, and it is hard for us to imagine life without it. None of our electronics would work, for very long at least, and dinner would be eaten in the dark.
Solar energy is ideal for an area like Lodwar as it sees the sun for 365 days a year. But the panels themselves are costly, coming in at around three thousand dollars each, which is why we currently only have one solar panel at our New Hope Center in Kenya. Our glorious little panel puts off just enough power to work Dickson’s office and four small light bulbs (one in each dorm and two in the resource room). As a result the children have a difficult time reading and doing homework once it gets dark. We thought we had remedied the issue by purchasing small rechargeable solar lamps for each child to use at night, but by the time we arrived in the area again there was only one little solar lamp left. It had been guarded by Shilla who is one of the most responsible kids ever. The other lamps had either been broken, stolen at school, or given away to children who needed them more (our kids have huge hearts and never think twice before giving their material goods away).
The more we plan for sustainability at the center the more we realize the need of more electricity. More light, a refrigerator and oven, a generator and an electric water pump for our well would bring the sustainable plan to light (no pun intended). Wifi and a computer lab are also in our future and impossible to run without more power. Solar Panels are an eco answer and a foundational answer to a huge need. They would help us nourish the children, educate them, teach skills and raise funds to pour back into the center’s needs. It’s amazing how something as simple as electricity can not only help save lives, it can change lives for the better.
NHC Team Members