When inventiveness and determination combine to help a community in Kinshasa
The Kikwit region in DR Congo is a region that Energy Assistance knows well. Our volunteers have carried out an umpteenth project to electrify a health centre for the Sisters of Mary in Kwango in 2018. This congregation and that of the Sisters of Saint Andrew have also asked us for two other projects that we hope to carry out soon.
Parallel to these projects, the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Andrew was asking for our help in studying the feasibility of a solar installation to complement grid power for a new Community House in Kinshasa.
In agreement with their architect, it was decided to connect large consumer appliances such as fridges, freezers, pumps, etc. to the public network and to use a solar network for appliances that require less energy or that have to operate 24 hours a day, and for lighting. We then helped them to size the installation and obtain the best quotations.
Another way, in these times of crisis, to meet the objectives of our association by putting the skills and know-how of our members at the service of humanitarian projects, even at a distance.
Thanks to our volunteer experts in charge of the study of this project : Michel M., Jacques H. and Léon C. (from the companies ORES & ENGIE Solutions)
Goulouré is a village about 50 km west of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Energy Assistance has been contacted by the local authorities so that the health center, composed of a dispensary, a maternity ward and 3 functional housing units, can benefit from autonomous electrification.
In 2018, on a mission to Sabtoana, South of Ouagadougou, for the electrification of a rehabilitation centre for women suffering from obstetric fistula, one of our teams of volunteers also went to Goulouré to assess the work to be carried out and to complete the information received.
The project was adapted with its new data, including the construction of a fourth home. 6 photovoltaic panels, 24 2V gel batteries and a 5000 VA hybrid converter were planned to supply the dispensary and the maternity ward. It was decided to make the staff housing independent, in order to perpetuate the installations and make the local actors responsible: each housing would be equipped with 2 solar panels, a 12V battery, a regulator and an 800 W converter. The equipment supplier chosen was the firm K&K International in Ouagadougo, with whom Energy Assistance had already carried out several projects.
Our volunteers were ready to go on mission at the beginning of 2020. Unfortunately, security problems in Burkina Faso followed by the coronavirus crisis prevented our volunteers from going to the site to install the equipment. As the equipment had been ordered and a deposit paid, it was decided, exceptionally, to entrust the installation to K&K International staff, remotely supervised by the project manager. This was done to the satisfaction of the beneficiary and will be checked by EA during the next mission of our volunteers to Burkina Faso, which we hope to see soon.
Thanks to Michel M. for the good follow-up of this project.
As travel are limited by the Covid-19 crisis, Energy Assistance carried out a new mission in Brussels.
The house Reine Marie-Henriette, in Brussels, also known as “La Flèche”, welcomes and helps children from families in great difficulties.
A team of 4 volunteers, assisted by our General Manager, realized a secure lighting in the outside areas such as the playgrounds, the garden, the patio, etc. The system implemented allows lighting to vary according to the presence or absence of children, thus reducing light pollution and saving energy.
This transition from shadow to light took place under a beautiful November sky, surrounded by children playing on bicycles and roller skates – always at a good distance.
Thanks to our volunteers Steve B., Xavier S., Arno V. and Haithem M. and our general manager Tony M. (from ENGIE Benelux, ENGIE Solutions, and Nuyts).