Solar Power

FHAU is happy to announce that because of the support of many donors Kibuye Hope Hospital has recently transitioned to 100% solar power for the entire campus. This means no more hassles with diesel fuel and the medical staff is able to have consistent power for the whole campus. We been privileged partner with International Technical Electric and Construction ((I-TEC), a non-profit Christian ministry based in based in Montoursville, PA, which designed, built and installed the system. It is functioning very well to the joy and satisfaction of the doctors and nurses who live and work there. Recently we received a message from Dr. Fader at Kibuye singing the praises of the new solar power: “the oxygen generator can satisfy the endless demand, incubators stay warm, operations can happen at all hours of the day or night, lab results never have to wait and x-rays can be taken when needed. The impact of solar power on the ability of Kibuye Hope Hospital to care for patients will be felt for years to come.” Our next goal is to bring solar power to the main HAU campus and the Van Norman Clinic, the adjacent urban hospital in Bujumbura. Currently, for both facilities, public power is sporadic, and often nearly non-existent. The projected cost is $625,000, possibly the largest single project we have ever undertaken. The decision to go forward was the result of major support from two sources: The Van Norman Foundation will match the first $175,000 raised. An anonymous donor has committed to making an award of $250,000 once we reach $175,000 for the first match. So. as we worked toward our goal of raising $175,000, each dollar contributed counted as $3.43 toward our first $600,000. For both the university and the clinic to make good use of the capabilities that come from reliable electric power we expect to need at least $125,000 beyond our initial goal so our fund raising continues. Donors who are interested in contributing can mark their donations “Solar.”


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