Solar Panels in Haiti for School and Orphanage

 
$3,705
$8,295
Raised
Remaining

Summary

Mercy & Sharing shelters, feeds, educates and provides medical care for 120 orphans in Haiti, half of whom are disabled. On the campus of Mercy & Sharing Village, our school educates and provides a hot meal every day for 300 students. By installing more solar panels, we can reduce and nearly eliminate our need for fossil fuels. A challenge gift has already been made, so your donations will be matched dollar for dollar to enable solar panels to be purchased and installed.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Last fall, Mercy & Sharing's generator was hit by lightning, leaving the orphanage and school without power. While we do have some solar panels installed, we need more in order to fully power the three orphanage buildings, school, rehabilitation and therapy center and water well pump. We have purchased a new generator at a cost of $14,800, but only wish to use this in emergency situations.

How will this project solve this problem?

Installing more solar panels will reduce and nearly eliminate our need for diesel fuel to power the generator. Mercy & Sharing Village receives an abundance of Caribbean sunlight which can be harnessed to power the needs of the orphanage buildings, school, feeding program and water well pump. Reducing our reliance on a generator saves money on fuel and contributes to a cleaner environment in Haiti.

Potential Long Term Impact

120 orphans, 300 students and 150 staff members will be positively affected by the installation of more solar panels. These 570 people will have green electricity to power feeding, education, medical care and therapy. Over the long term, Mercy & Sharing Village will rely less on the diesel powered generator and more on the natural power of the sun. This will contribute to a cleaner environment for the children we serve and the surrounding communities.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $3,705

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $3,705 .  The original project funding goal was $12,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Organization

Mercy & Sharing

Carbondale, CO, United States
http://haitichildren.com

Project Leader

Stephen Higgins

CDO
Aspen, Colorado United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Solar Panels in Haiti for School and Orphanage
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