Solar electricity installation in Rima June 2014
Due to the kindness of so many supporters we have been able to fund our GlobalGiving project in less than one month. We are so grateful to everyone for making it possible pay our doctors' and midwife's salary for one year and to install electricity in our clinic in Tibet. The electricity will bring light and heat to the clinic, make it possible to freeze and store vaccines and other medicines safely, and to run the ultrasound and other medical equipment. The clinic serves 30-50 people per day, or nearly 15,000 patients annually.
Once we have raised the additional amount to cover GlobalGiving's 15% fees, any additional donations will go towards further training for our new midwife, and purchasing materials for clean birthing kits. The kits cost approximately $50 each, and include soap and a towel for the birth attendant, clean plastic sheet for the mother to lie on, clean blade and string for cutting and tying the umbilical cord, towels to dry the newborn, hat and blanket for the baby, and a 9 month supply of prenatal vitamins. We distribute at least 100 kits yearly.
If we are so fortunate to raise enough additional funds, we will purchase a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to replace the ambulance that has served the community since 2007. This will cost approximately $20,000, including registration fees. Having a reliable source of transportation to hospital has already saved several mothers' and infants' lives in our community.
We thank you so much for participating in our June Challenge and helping us reach our $25,000 goal so quickly. We have posted some photos of the new solar electricity installation on our Facebook page and attached to this report. Because of GlobalGiving and YOU we will be able to pay the balance in July on schedule.
Becky and Dayang, Project Leaders
On the way to Rima Clinic with the solar equipment
Unloading solar panels at the clinic
Solar batteries and power inverter
Air conditioner/heater supplied by solar power
Clinic Administer, Konchog Gelek, with solar array