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Solar Project for Espwa

Free the Kids, Inc (FTK) is seeking funding to support our project in Haiti, Pwoje Eswpa Sud by installing a complete Solar system as its primary source of power, thus becoming independent of the local utility and reducing the reliance on diesel operated generators.

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The Problem

Pwoje Espwa Sud in Les Cayes, Haiti lacks reliable access to power from Electricité d’Haïti (EDH), the primary power source in Haiti.

Power outages increases water shortages, inability to prepare food, and increases security issues for our children.

Currently, there are only two options for energy production for this facility: diesel generators and solar power.  Several diesel generators are in use at Pwoje Espwa, originally intended for use to provide supplemental or back-up power only.  The cost of maintenance, fuel, and uncertainty of fuel availability makes it challenging for consistent operations. 

On average, the two primary generators are using 700-800 gallons of fuels per month.  The cost savings and reliability of the solar panel system will have a tremendous impact at Espwa. 

Our Solution

FREE THE KIDS, in partnership with a Team from Valparaiso University, will sponsor a Solar Project at PWOJE ESPWA SUD that will address the challenges of power generation while CREATING GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLEAN ENERGY IN SURROUNDING COMMUNITITES!

A team from Valparaiso University will travel
to Espwa and install the system with the
help of several local Haitians they have already started training.

Select Espwa students will assist with the installation, learning about the do’s and don’ts of solar installation/design.

The Solar Project will be implemented through four phases

Phase 1: Guesthouse The guesthouse supports our housing for mission groups and key staff members.  This location also houses a computer lab and the control center for telecommunications and internet.  The Boy’s village will also benefit from this installation by providing power for the well pump for water.

Phase 2: Dining Hall The dining hall and kitchen is the sole location for food preparation and serving meals to the residents, employees, school children, and community.  The building also serves for assemblies and church services.  The installation at this location will also provide power to the Girl’s Village and the After School Activity Center.

Phase 3: Administration Building The administration building contains offices for the operations of the organization.  The installation at this location will also provide power to the Clinic and Teen Village.

Phase 4: School Complex The school complex serves both resident and community children in grades Kindergarten through Secondary III. Office are included in this complex for teachers, tutoring, and computer classes.

 

I fell in love with Espwa during my first visit last year. Hard to put into words, but there was a real "heart" connection with the kids and staff. It is a special place. My visit was focused primarily on the girls and the teachers. Relationships were initiated during that first visit that I treasure very much!

- Maria Simeone

There is hardly a more heartbreaking sight than seeing an orphan in Haiti--many of them who have families who simply cannot feed and clothe them. Of course there is the emotional response to their plight, but there is a more pragmatic hope--that given a chance in a loving, caring environment, these children can grow up to be leaders, people who can move their communities and the country itself in a positive, healthy direction.

- Jackie Wilson

This place is amazing! The kids and their caregivers will restore your faith in the human spirit. The magic of Espwa is that there is a childhood provided for the kids there that would not exist otherwise.Haiti has a very very long way to go, but this is a hopeful place with clean, well fed, happy children, teachers, house moms, and support staff. Fr Marc and all of the others should be very proud of their accomplishments. Help them in any way that you can!

- Kerri McDonough Croland
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