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Energy for Balou

Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou
Energy for Balou

Making a journey of solidarity means sleeping in the facilities of local partners, visiting children supported at a distance, laughing and playing with them, attending a lesson at school, seeing all the projects live, bringing practical help to all the people meet in the path. Those who decide to accompany our country managers in the monitoring journey do so in order to live an experience that will lead to a return and that leaves something unique to the known peoples.
The meaning of these trips is very clear to Franca, Gianni and Mario, who for several years have accompanied our manager Francesco to the Congo, and was also appreciated by Claudio who, on his first experience in this country, was able to get closer on tiptoe and with the utmost respect for a different and at the same time fascinating culture. After some hesitations starting due to the Ebola risk, but also limited according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs only in the north Kiwu and therefore not dangerous for our travelers, but which however alarmed one of the companions to the point of making them give up the trip itself, on June 23 the group Congo has left for this new adventure!

Here are the words of Francesco:

"During our stay, we also visited the tireless Maguy who, with great enthusiasm, continues the Balou Center for the Disabled. Here the number of guests is constantly growing: to date 225, not only children / teenagers with disabilities, but children with malnutrition problems. As last year the emergency of the center remains the photovoltaic plant that, with more modules, would guarantee constant energy in all the different structures, thus facilitating the assistance provided above all from the internal hospital. While waiting to find the necessary financing for the solar panels, a new generator has been sent with the replacement of the current one in very bad conditions.
And after three intense weeks, we have therefore reached the end of this journey; despite the unexpected and some difficulties, even this year the emotions experienced never cease to amaze me. I look forward to the project in progress with great confidence and I return once more enriched by my departure ”.

First and foremost, thank y’all for your contributions to this project! Thanks to your support the Balou Center children and its staff are gonna live in better conditions and their future is starting to bright off! There’s still work to do, but having collected half of the targeted amount is surely a great success!

The extraordinary Balou Center manager Maguy, is really grateful for these results and is more and more willing to welcome disabled children and guarantee them a brightful future in Congo. They’re indeed a valued resource for their own country that must be underscored.

The project’s aim is to give these children and youngsters suffering from disability the opportunity to peacefully grow in a loving surrounding where they can play and learn to do some little work, so the Centre structure and its functioning is not to be taken for granted! Despite the ongoing progresses, there’s still an urgent need for electricity, because it works only a few hours a day and it’s endowed only with three small generators. In addition, the school’s cost of petrol is huge and unsustainable. That’s why the installation of a photovoltaic system is a must, also on account of having zero impact on the environment.

The “Little by little” campaign has brought a significant contribution to this project but there’s still much to do, let’s donate!

Good news: in June a volunteer, the referent of the project is looking forward to leave for Congo as to implement the solar panels project!


We are still collecting money in order to be able to buy the photovoltaic system for the Balou center. The system will be installed gradually since it is with interconnected modules up to a total estimated power of about 15 kW. The first module is 3KW with the predisposition to connect the following ones. We are organizing to send a container in spring and that could be a good occasion to sent the first part of the material, but we will see if we will be able to buy everything in time, otherwise we will have to postpone it.

The current generator is not able to provide energy to the structure and often both the hospital and the dormitories remain in the dark.
So, we hope to be able to collect as much as possible for the container and start with the first installation work. We count on your help!

the old generator in use
the old generator in use


It's only been 3 months since we uploaded the project to GlobalGiving, but thanks to your valuable contributions, we've already raised $ 1,700. The participation of the project at the last Bonus day September has certainly contributed to the achievement of this great result that will allow us to purchase the material necessary for the installation of the solar system.

Many areas of the Center are often lacking in light and require immediate action!

They absolutely need  electricity generators at the hospitals for medical devices, surgery, patients assistance and for the all activities .

The same need at the dosshouses where they take care of the disabled (any kind of disability).

Thanking you, we trust in your precious future support!


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Location: Melzo - Italy
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Twitter: @AleimarOnlus
Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy
$3,305 raised of $5,000 goal
28 donations
$1,695 to go
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