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Energy for Sambwa

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Energy for Sambwa
Energy for Sambwa
Energy for Sambwa
Energy for Sambwa
Energy for Sambwa
Energy for Sambwa
Energy for Sambwa

Francesco, our project leader, has just come back from an exciting monitoring trip in Congo and he brings us wonderful news: the photovoltaic system is finally installed!

After several complications, the panels are applied to the internship that will host girls in September for a new school year. The results obtained after a first test are more than positive: the system is producing more than the 5 Kilowatt expected!

In addition to serving the internship, the panel can also fuel the artesian pump placed inside the yard and the structure where reside the local nuns. Speaking with Francesco, the next intervention could be to build a canalization outside the complex, in order to guarantee access to water to the population of the village.

Francesco has also participated in the delivery of some sewing machines for the girls who will attend the tailoring course in the internship.

The satisfaction in seeing the goal achieved is so great and even greater is the joy for contributing to the development of a small village like Sambwa.

However, our work does not end here, but, in the wake of this wonderful result, we are thinking of replicating the project in favor of Balou of Lubumbaschi, one of the few disabled centers in Congo that Aleimar already helps through some distance support.

A special thanks to all those who believed in this project and who also helped us when the challenge seemed difficult to win.

We are sure we can continue to count on your help: together we are getting stronger!


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Some of the girls of the Center
Some of the girls of the Center

Unfortunately the political situation is affecting the photovoltaic installation, slowing the construction and the furniture of equipment and materials in Sambwa village.

However, we keep on and Aleimar’s action is fostering great results: over the past three months we have collected few donations that allowed us to buy new equipment to the Center in Sambwa, where the girls live. Our local partner, Suore Agostiniane, has become a reference point to the village as they provide not only a high quality schooling access, but also different opportunities for improving their manual of job.

Thanks to the donations of the last months, we were able to purchase 10 hospital beds and a totally new power harrow to use for vegetables cultivation in the surrounding of the village.

Aleimar’s Project Manager, Francesco Moroni, is visiting Congo in mid-June in order to collect new information and data about the status of our projects in Congo.

New beds and power harrow
New beds and power harrow
Delivery of the new power harrow
Delivery of the new power harrow


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The structure
The structure

Unfortunately, the works to install the photovoltaic panels in the structure that, hopefully soon, will host a group of girls, are not yet complete. The rainy season has begun and the works have inevitably slowed down.

Another the socio-political situation of the country is dramatic: the president Joseph Kabila has not authorized the normal progress of the elections: this has created disorder in the cities giving rise to an air of revolt that has often turned into real clashes in the streets, ultimately coming to count even a few victims.  

All this made communication with the sisters, our local referents, more complicated: the project leader Francesco planned to go to Sambwa in mid-June, hoping to find the photovoltaic panels already in operation or at least installed.

However, we would like to thank all those who helped us with their donations. Trusting in the fact that the situation is quickly restored, we hope to make you aware of the progress of the work as soon as possible.


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The work
The work

The political situation in the country is rather unstable, the capital of Kinshasa is always at the center of tensions and clashes due to the presidential election that is affecting the nation.

These disorders also affected Sambwa and neighboring villages, and, also due to the rise in cement prices to all building materials, there have been further slowdowns in the construction of the nuns' building and intended to accommodate the girls.
However, thanks to the donations received, baths, drafts, grooves, electrical and hydraulic piping were built and has been made the local for the batteries of the 'photovoltaic system, but, in order to avoid likely thefts, photovoltaic panels will only be installed when the sisters begin to live in the house. Except for new unforeseen events, we hope to be able to open the building and to accommodate the girls next year.

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Our project manager Francesco has just returned from monitoring trip to Congo with some news from Sambwa! 

Unfortunately, the construction of the residence of Sisters and the walled wall have not yet been completed and, due to political insecurity, it would be risky to install a photovoltaic system. Infact, this plant is still kept at the headquarters of the nuns. 

Despite the delay in the works, some improvements have been made to the original design and now the roof of the building is more exposed to the sun!

Our hope is to complete the work as soon as possible and we would like to install solar panels before school starts, in order to guarantee energy and the light needed to students!

And finally, a special thank to all the generous donors who, during the campaign Renewable Energy Match, supported this project of extreme importance for the village of Sambwa. 

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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AleimarOdV
Project Leader:
Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy

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