NUNDU TRANSFORMATION DELAYED
Randy and Alice Matthewson are retirees who have traveled to eastern Congo numerous times, assisting the Free Methodist Church of the Congo in various projects. They flew to Bujumbura, Burundi, in mid-September planning to spend six months at Nundu in South Kivu, an eastern province of the Congo. They were expecting the arrival of a 20 foot container packed with solar power and water systems, systems which would transform the station. But upon arriving in Bujumbura, Burundi, they found that rebel activity around Nundu made travel unsafe. The Bishop of the Free Methodist Church of the Congo gave his instruction to remain in Bujumbura until it was safe to travel.
Located at Nundu is Deaconess Hospital, a full-service Free Methodist hospital that has not had reliable running water or electricity for many years. The hospital oversees a network of health centers and maternities, serving a population in excess of 183,000.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) endured a period of civil war from 1996-2004. Despite the resulting political and economic instability, Nundu Hospital has continued to function under the leadership of national doctors and nurses.
For many years Nundu depended on a diesel generator, but with present budget realities diesel fuel has been increasingly more expensive. In addition, water had been provided by a diesel powered water pump. However, when the nearby Sanja River changed course, the well and pump were destroyed. How was Nundu to address the power and water needs of the hospital?
Solar technology has become more efficient and is now readily available, providing an immediate, affordable source of electricity. CAHO collaborated with International Technical Electrical and Construction (I-TEC), located in Montoursville, PA, to build a 17 kilowatt electrical system. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $160,000 and has been underwritten by a $60,000 grant from the Butterfield Memorial Foundation, $30,000 from the Anderson Family Foundation and the balance from individual donations.
Construction of the Nundu solar power system was completed in July by a team of volunteers. A 25 kilowatt diesel generator was built into the system as a back-up. In addition, a water filtration system powered by solar electricity, will provide 10 gallons of water per minute. Also included in the shipment are LED lights, an LED surgery light, small sterilizers, oxygen concentrators and shop equipment.
About two weeks after arriving in Bujumbura, near the end of September, the Matthewsons were given clearance by Bishop Lubunga to travel to Nundu. The container, into which the solar electric system was built, had been shipped out of Louisiana in mid-August and arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, mid-September, on schedule. From there it was to have arrived at Nundu by mid-October, in preparation for installation of the electrical and water systems by the I-TEC team in early November. But this was not to be. Political unrest delayed the transport of the container by truck from Dar es Salaam to Nundu, and I-TEC found it necessary to cancel its trip to the Congo.
Pray that political stability will return and that the I-TEC team will be able to travel to Nundu soon. Yes, the container safely arrived at Nundu just before Thanksgiving, and for its safe arrival we give thanks. Reliable solar electricity and an adequate source of clean water will enable the hospital to function at an efficient and sustainable level, a transformation which is urgently needed. But for the present, water will carried by hand and limited electricity is the norm. Pray for Randy and Alice, that they will be safe and encouraged during these uncertain times. Yes, Nundu transformation is delayed, but we believe we will see transformation in God’s time.
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.
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
Deaconess 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.
For 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.
Power Pac 17 KW from I-TEC at an estimated cost of $106,000.
Water purification system $13,000
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.
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.
PO Box 580
Spring Arbor MI 49283-9986
You may also contribute through this website.
Thank you for your interest, Tim Kratzer