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Solar Panels for Ephphata School for the Deaf - Phase 2

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.

Deaf children 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 deaf children and young adults by providing them with a quality education and trade, enabling them to support themselves and contribute to the well-being of their families. Thanks to the Peter Gilgan Foundation, Phase 1 of the Solar Panel Project is complete. The school’s classrooms, offices, sewing workshop, computer room, lab, dormitories, and kitchen, have a continual supply of electricity.

However, the carpentry workshops still rely on the National Electric Company for electricity, and often suffer from power outages. Phase 2 of the Solar Panels Project will install solar panels for the carpentry workshops.

“Our carpentry classes are very popular but frequent power outages hinder our students’ progress.” • Tshinyama Kalosa, School Director

Your Gift Makes a Big Difference!

  • Because unemployment rates in the deaf community are high, the opportunity to learn a trade at Ephphata School is extremely helpful. Graduates are able find or create employment for themselves.
  • When the carpentry workshop functions at full capacity, the school will be able to enroll more students. The administrative office will have access to their computers during the day when power outages are most frequent.
  • The workshops’ increased productivity will expand their furniture sales.
  • 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, and requires very little maintenance.

Ephphata School for the Deaf meets an important need in the community. The installation of solar panels for the carpentry workshops will increase productivity and help them meet all their objectives. Please give generously.

When Luc Tshinyoka was two years old his parents noticed that he suddenly stopped talking. He was not ill nor had he fallen or hurt himself. For no apparent reason, their son had become deaf. The family was devastated. Luc’s parents heard of Ephphata School for the Deaf and were hopeful that the school would be able to equip their son to live a more fulfilled life. Luc proved to be a bright student and enjoyed learning. A gifted artist, he was able to sell some of his work. Now in his final year at Ephphata School, Luke is completing his training in carpentry.

“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 be independent.” • Justin Tshinyoka


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