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Solar Update

From James Fischer, Director of Economic Development

On a recent trip to Congo, I reconnected with an electrician named Gaspy Zongalinga. Gaspy is a leader in his church and an entrepreneur. Gaspy has started tea, coffee, and palm plantations on his rural farm. My wife and I have enjoyed drinking his tea at our home in Chicago! 
He is experimenting with preservation and packaging of seasonal fruits. He has built a school and church and teaches carpentry to young people. And, having been trained under missionaries, he is one of the area’s best electricians. Over the last few years, Gaspy has installed or repaired dozens and dozens of solar lighting and refrigeration systems, his specialties. When an internationally funded project implemented in his area by World Vision needed someone to install solar systems, they hired Gaspy. With the money he made through this project, Gaspy bought and installed a solar lighting system at a nearby Bible school. As the son of a pastor, Gaspy is passionate about pastoral training. Paul Carlson Partnership seeks to identify and encourage the sort of entrepreneurial initiative that Gaspy embodies.

We’re happy to report that Gaspy has agreed to oversee the installation and maintenance of the Congo Clinic Initiative solar systems. We’ve already been working with him to develop a management team for this project. As the chief electrician, Gaspy will train people in each of 4 regions to install and maintain the solar systems. They will identify the electrical needs and capabilities at each facility and install corresponding solar equipment. Once the equipment is up and running, this team will provide routine checkups and maintenance.

We also value collaboration. Over the winter, we worked with IMA, an international organization that supports health initiatives in Congo, to order 63 solar lighting systems. This equipment will cross an ocean, navigate customs in Congo’s capital, then fly or float to the Equateur province for installation at Congo Clinic Initiative clinics. We expect it to arrive at its destination sometime in the fall.

Please join us in prayer…
  • For our partners in Congo as they prepare for the big working of installing and maintaining these solar systems
  • For the safe and speedy arrival of this solar equipment
$15 buys 15 watts of power for a clinic
We're at 78 out of 108 clinics! Learn more about the Congo Clinic Initiative.
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