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Ephphata School for the Deaf Solar Panels Project

The Problem

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is struggling to recover from years of conflict between government and rebel forces that have left the country in a humanitarian crisis. It is estimated that more than 5 million people have died from war-related causes. For many Congolese, every day seems to be a struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs.

Children with hearing loss face even greater challenges due to a lack of understanding in their culture. The deaf are often considered unintelligent and worthless. Many are left to fend for themselves and have very little hope for a better future.

The Project

Ephphata School for the Deaf empowers children and young adults with hearing loss by providing them with a quality education and skills, enabling them to support themselves and contribute to the well-being of their families. However, the school often suffers from lengthy power outages. There is an urgent need to install solar panels and a generator to produce a constant source of electricity to enable the school to function fully.

“Computer classes are very popular but frequent power outages have hindered the progress we were hoping for.” - Tshinyama Kalosa, School Director

The cost of the project is $10,000 Cost includes solar panels, battery, converter, cover, regulator, installation and a generator.

Your Gift Makes a Big Difference!

  • Installing solar panels and having a generator will ensure that the school’s electricity is constant giving students access to computer classes throughout the school day.
  • High school students will be able to earn money by typing manuscripts for university students, businesses, etc.
  • The administrative office will have access to their computers during the day when power outages are most frequent.
  • Solar energy is not only durable, it is renewable which means it is always available. It is the most natural source of energy for the production of electricity. Solar energy requires very little maintenance.
Ephphata School for the Deaf meets an important need in the community, and will benefit greatly from the installation of solar panels. Please give generously today.

Luc Tshinyoka was born on July 1st, 1994, and developed normally until one day at 2 and a half years old his parents noticed that Luc suddenly stopped talking. He was not ill nor had he fallen or hurt himself. For no apparent reason, their son had become deaf. Medical doctors were unsuccessful in restoring Luc’s hearing. The family was devastated. When Luc’s parents learned of Ephphata School for the Deaf they were hopeful and enrolled Luc. He proved to be a bright student and learned really well. He took up photography and art and over time was able to sell some of his artwork. Luc is now learning tailoring and carpentry in the school’s workshop. His future looks promising!

“We are so thankful to God for the guidance and help our son has received at Ephphata School. He is confident and hardworking and is learning how to become independent.” Justin Tshinyoka, Luc’s father and Vice-Chairman of the INDRC Board



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