Attention!!! We're opening the KASISI POWERPLANT! We will be converting the good energy of your hearts into real electricity for the children!
"Światło, nosisz je w sobie!" (Light - you carry it inside!) sang Natalia Kukulska and we're asking you to share the light with our children! At our home - As we often shout with my colleague, Prokop, in "Poland's got talent" - it's never boring! We've purchased ambulances, medicines funded trips and now we'll be making electricity! Converting the good energy of our hearts into real electricity.
We need it because at our home everything's powered with electricity: not only lights (we are in Zambia, where all year long the sun sets around 6pm - 7pm) but also the kitchen, water pumps and medical equipment. The national utility, ZESCO, tends to cut off power, even every day for two to three hours, without any notice. Until recently the Sisters would start a diesel generator in such situations, paying huge amounts of money for fuel. Half a year ago during his visit to Kasisi, the Polish Prime Minister presented the Sisters with 24 accumulators, which currently store energy during the day to immediately become the source of power when ZESCO makes a blackout. For the system to be fully functional, however, the accumulators shouldn't be charged from the network (when it's working), but from the energy of the sun, which is abundant in Zambia. Then all the energy consumed during the ZESCO blackouts will be free. Our electricity bills could fall by a dozen or so up to even fifty percent.
We need to make the investment, though, and purchase the panels. Decent, of good quality (the few installed on a trial a few years ago... have rotten through). This is a matter of the children's safety, but also an investment that will allow to feed them better and fulfil even more of their other needs (when we "free" the money the Sisters have to spend on the "emergency" electricity). If we have managed to make the first step, we will try to switch Kasisi entirely to solar energy and become independent of ZESCO. The utility - imagine this - before the Sisters organized an energy audit last year, had been charging three times as much as they should have (The whole village was illegally connected with the orphanage).
The first step, however, will be taken slowly, piece by piece, by providing individual buildings of Kasisi with energetic backup (and this is really a huge goal, large institution, hectares of land ). This will be a great opportunity for you to learn the topography of the orphanage. In total we need 15 sets of panels, which will cost USD 15 000, including the installation. We will be collecting the money step by step - three sets of panels for each section of Kasisi: House of Hope, Martin's House with Baby Wing and the surroundings of Kapadia's Room, Bays House and Celestine House, Edmund's House and finally - the Kindergarten, Kitchen and Laundry.
We're starting from the medical heart of Kasisi - the House of Hope which you know very well. The building was erected in 1994, initially as a hospice (the mortality among children with AIDS was very high at that time). In 2013 we managed to renovate it completely (replace the windows, seal the walls, dry it, install air conditioning, replace utility installations, make new furniture, purchase medical equipment and new hospital beds) and even set up a playroom for the Babies. Since then it has served as a small clinic/hospital. We can isolate a sick person, ensure good convalescence conditions, conduct diagnostic tests (blood tests, ultrasonography on brand new equipment, cardio monitoring), administer medicines (we've got a treatment room and a medicine storage), put children on a drip, perform oxygen therapy (two oxygen concentrators) and we've got an incubator for infants (with lamps for phototherapy). In case of emergency the ambulance purchased by you, parked in the courtyard, goes into action.
House of Hope is our great pride. Only a few years ago it held the only air conditioned room in Kasisi - The Chapel of Rest where the deceased children waited for the funeral. Today it's a house of getting back to health, not waiting to die. A place of hope.
I don't need to explain how important it is for the children that the House of Hope is operational regardless of the whims of the utility. To secure the place we need three sets of solar panels. Each of them costs around PLN 6 000. In total PLN 18 000, at your pace - a week, or do I largely underestimate you? ☺☺
Huge, very energetic "thank you!" ☺
15.02.2014. THANKS TO YOUR GENEROSITY, KASISI WILL NEVER LACK LIGHT. YOU FOUNDED THE ORPHANAGE ITS ENERGY BACKUP. THANK YOU!!!