Solar Panels for Ephphata School for the Deaf Project
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.
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.
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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
When Rachel was small, she became very ill with Malaria, causing her to lose her hearing. It was only at the age of 13 that she began her studies at Ephphata School. Speaking through an interpreter Rachel shares, “Before I came to school, I could not read or write, count, or do math. Now I can do all these things! My biggest joy is being able to read the Bible for myself. “ Rachel is hopeful that she will be able to find work as a seamstress when she finishes her studies. Her future has much more promise.
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