Deaconess Nundu Hospital Solar and Water Project

NUNDU HOSPITAL SOLAR & WATER PROJECT UPDATE

May 5, 2017

Deaconess Nundu Hospital is a full-service Free Methodist hospital will have reliable running water or electricity soon!    The hospital has needed a reliable and sustainable source of power for many years.  The hospital is the hospital of reference for the region of South Kivu, a western province of the Congo, and oversees a network of health centers and maternities.  Nundu now has a 120 bed capacity, providing surgical and maternity services for a population in excess of 183,000.

This project has now been fully funded at a projected cost of approximately $160,000. 

              INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS                                                          $  35,714.57

              BUTTERFIELD FOUNDATION                                                                 65,000.00

              WARM BEACH FMC                                                                                 33,440.00

              ANDERSTON FAMILY FOUNDATION                                                     30,000.00

We have been blessed to have such a broad base of support.  I-TEC based at Montoursville PA is currently outfitting the container with solar (Power PAC) and water filtration components Water Mission).  The container will be shipped in July with planned arrival in the DRC in September.  Randy and Alice Matthewson will provide on-site support.  A team I-TEC volunteers will provide the technical expertise needed to install the PowerPac and water filtration system. 
 

You still have an opportunity to participate in this major infrastructure upgrade.  To maximize the benefit of 24/7 electricity, we will be purchasing equipment for the hospital and shop.

Hospital upgrades will include surgery lights, sterilizers, oxygen concentrators, suction machines, and lab equipment.  Shop upgrades will include a table saw, drill press, double-bevel sliding saw, planer, router, and welder. 

The total budgeted for this project is  $30,000.

 

We invite you to participate in this project by sending your tax deductible contribution, indicating it is for the 2017 Nundu Hospital and Shop Equipment Project, with the check made out to CAHO.

CAHO
PO Box 580
Spring Arbor MI 49283-9986

You may also contribute through this website, indicating "2017 Nundu Hospital and Shop Equipment Project" in the "comments" section of the form.

Thank you for your interest, Tim Kratzer

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-November 2016-

img_0590Deaconess Nundu Hospital is a full-service Free Methodist hospital that does not have reliable running water or electricity in this the 21st century!    The hospital has needed a reliable and sustainable source of power for many years.  Nundu is the hospital of reference for the region of South Kivu, a western province of the Congo, and oversees a network of health centers and maternities. The hospital has a 120 bed capacity provides surgical and maternity services for a population in excess of 183,000.

img_0589For many years Nundu depended on a diesel generator, but with present budget realities diesel fuel has been increasingly more expensive.  Water had been provided by a diesel powered water pump.  However, when the nearby Sanja River changed course the well and pump were destroyed. We find it unacceptable that Nundu Hospital has been left without running water and an affordable, reliable source of electricity. 

Solar technology is now available, providing an immediate, affordable source of electricity. We have contracted with International Technical Electric and Construction (I-TEC) located in Pennsylvania to build a 17 KW solar power system. To run the higher energy demanding equipment at the hospital, such as the x-ray and sterilizer, a 40 KW generator will be included.  A water filtration system will also be included, producing 10 gallons of water per minute.

Reliable energy and an adequate source of clean water will enable the hospital to function at a more efficient and sustainable level.  A video presentation of a similar project installed in neighboring Burundi can be seen at www.itec.org (click on Discover I-TEC’s “Power Pac” Container Power System)

The total price of the project is estimated to be $160,000. img_0591

  • Power Pac 17 KW from I-TEC at an estimated cost of $106,000. 

  • Water purification system $13,000

  • Shipping $12,000.  

  • I-TEC will install the system at no cost but we will provide airfare for the team at an estimated cost of $4000. 

  • In country expenses (including digging of a well) estimated at $10,000.

  • Upgrade of sterilizer, surgery lights and oxygen concentrators $15,000. screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-11-27-34-am

We have been approved for a $60,000 grant from the Butterfield Memorial Foundation.  $20,000 has already been paid to I-TEC, with another $10,000 already on hand and another $30,000 pledged.  The balance of the funds required for this project is $40,000.

If you wish to contribute to this project, send your tax deductible contribution to CAHO.

            
            CAHO
            PO Box 580
            Spring Arbor MI 49283-9986

You may also contribute through this website.

Thank you for your interest, Tim Kratzer