Children  Haiti Project #9800

Solar Panels in Haiti for School and Orphanage

by Mercy & Sharing Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


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.

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


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Mercy & Sharing Village

Organization Information

Mercy & Sharing

Location: Carbondale, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Mercy & Sharing
Stephen Higgins
Project Leader:
Stephen Higgins
Aspen, Colorado United States

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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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