Project Update – More Solar In Sierra Leone!

Rooftop Solar Panel Install-Roke Fullah School-Sierra LeoneAfter a successful well project for our Roke Fullah partner school in the rural Tonkolili District in Sierra Leone (where children are now drinking clean water for the first time in their life!), last week we started installing solar electricity for the school, thanks to generous gifts from you all!

I wanted to share these pictures which just arrived, showing the progress being made. By the end of the month these students and their community will experience another first: reading and meeting without burning candles or kerosene! I hope you appreciate what an awesome benefit this is–for both their respiratory health as well as improved and safer ability to study!

Community-Built Cellphone Charging Kiosk and Solar Control Center

Community-Built Cellphone Charging Kiosk and Solar Control Center

Local helpers receive training on operating the solar electricity system

Local helpers receive training on operating the solar electricity system

But wait, there’s more <grin>! Keeping with our model to design empowerment and sustainability into our projects, our partner school has elected to start a cellphone charging service to generate income along with the benefit of free electricity. First order of business for the charging service will be to put enough funds aside to handle any maintenance and component failure that may occur. After that, profits will go to offset costs for operating the school.

Those who will run the Roke Fullah solar cellphone charging business are being trained by those who run the cellphone charging service at the Ebert Kakua School for the Deaf, the location of our first solar install which is still going strong since 2013.

Thank you to all who have helped get this project off the ground!

 

 

By |July 18th, 2017|

Our First Shipping Container – Guest Post

Hello friends of Deeper Missions. I’m Ross Meglathery and I serve as the president of the Deeper Missions board of directors. It’s been a while since our last post and we’ve been busy!  As we begin the summer and mid-way through the year, I wanted to update you on an exciting accomplishment.

Eloo Container Departing VirginiaAs you know we are focused on clean energy, safe water and sanitation for schools in Africa. Additionally, as we grow, we are always exploring ways to more quickly and efficiently provide these services while minimizing costs.  I am happy to announce that thanks to your generous support and with the help of the Manassas, Virginia-based, SES Companies, we have established our first Eloo storage facility in Sierra Leone.   In case you do not remember or are unaware, Eloos are septic systems that do not use water, and use the sun’s heat to kill pathogens and dehydrate the human waste, rendering it safe in a matter of weeks.  Not only is the waste harmless, it can be re-purposed safely as fertilizer.

Our “facility” is a 20-foot shipping container that we purchased to ship 16 Eloos from the United States.  The container is now in a walled storage compound near the “Mile 91” trading town in central Sierra Leone.  It was quite a learning experience getting the Eloos shipped, through the port of Freetown and then over road to its finally destination. Fortunately, late last year we completed our application for International NGO-status with the government of Sierra Leone which now affords us some import benefits along with having some ministerial contacts who were helpful in navigating us through the port bureaucracy.Motema School Eloos

Our storage facility is just one part of our recent efforts to establish a more permanent presence in Sierra Leone. We look forward to expanding our presence and increasing the number of projects.  Again, and as always, thank you for your support in making this possible!

By |July 5th, 2017|