We're really pleased to report that, with your help, we are ready to expand our solar ambulance project. You've helped us keep our project alive this past year, and maintained our existing ambulances in the field to help us improve both the design of the ambulances and our implementation process.
The project has caught the attention of a new supporter, the Kulczyk Foundation from Poland. With their support, we're now in the process of manufacturing ten more solar electric ambulances. These will be rolling out in the north-eastern Zambezi Region, in partnership with our bicycle shop network, our local partner Catholic AIDS Action, and the Zambezi regional council.
The first ambulance and stretcher frame from this batch rolled off the factory floor on Wednesday. We haven't had time for a glamour photo shoot, but would like to share the 'before' image. The next time you see it, this ambulance will have its fabric stretcher and roof fitted, galvanised steel mud-guards in place, and will be towed by a Suncycles Namibia e-bike, charged with solar energy. It will be piloted by a healthcare volunteer, and will be used to bring people from isolated communities to the nearest healthcare facility.
We wish you a happy and healthy 2019, and thank you for your kindness in bringing health and happiness to people in rural Namibia.
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