On November 10, 2022, our three volunteers Jacques T., Georges D.M. and Julie T. arrived in Umphang for the realization of photovoltaic installations in the boys’ orphanage and in the central building and also in the school-farm a few kilometers away.
The first step was to check the photovoltaic installation at the girls’ orphanage, realized in 2020 by Jacques T. and Georges D.M. It works perfectly!
After receiving and checking the solar equipment and accessories, supplied by a local company, and after a fine-tuning with the beneficiary of the work to be done, our volunteers happily set to work with many local helpers, including a painter who decorated the wall of the orphanage with our logo!
The installation delivers a power of 5kVA and allows in particular the lighting and the supply of electricity to the orphanage welcoming about thirty boys. The orphanage is located a few kilometers from Burma. As a result, most of the children are Burmese refugees having lost their parents due to the repression of the Burmese military junta.
The farm, used mainly to supply the orphanage with fruit and vegetables and to house the farmer and his family, benefits from a photovoltaic installation with a power of 3 kVA. This installation provides them with electricity and will soon be used to extend the farm’s activities to livestock.
Our volunteers have, of course, taken the time to inform the beneficiaries of good practices to ensure the sustainability of the installation.
Thanks to Jacques, Georges and Julie for their dedication during this beautiful mission as well as to the project manager Jacques H.
In Boko, Benin, the Saint Jean de Dieu hospital is supported by Médecins sans vacances and the “Hubi & Vinciane” foundation.
Our volunteer Sarah O. tells us about this beautiful mission, realized with Steve B., Vincent M. and Jean-Marie T. :
“In September, a team of 4 volunteers left for Parakou – in the center of Benin and 9 hours drive from Cotonou, to install solar panels and batteries and allow the Saint Jean de Dieu hospital in Boko to continue to function despite the power cuts.
As a mother, it was very emotional for me to work in the maternity, neonatal and pediatric departments. And it was so satisfying to be able to provide a minimum of electrical safety so that mothers-to-be would no longer give birth in the dark, and that very fragile babies and young children could be cared for with medical equipment.
Accompanied by a nice motivated team, we installed the 42 panels and 4 solar installations and no doubt we also inspired a few young people to continue their studies in electricity – with the fun (climbing on the roof) and not so fun (not rushing and making sure the work is good) sides 😊
How lucky we were to have met so many great people in 2 weeks! Special thanks to Madame Clémence who took care of us and the wonderful Rafiath from ENGIE Parakou who was very helpful with the paperwork and helping us find the missing equipment.
My dream for the next mission? To have a young woman electrician in the local team and to inspire the next generation! Rafiath showed us that it’s possible! Weren’t the Amazons of Dahomey from Benin? “
Last September, the Tractebel Challenge gathered the most enthusiastic sports teams around different disciplines: cycling, mountain biking, orienteering, shooting, etc.).
Energy Assistance was very proud to award the fighting spirit prize to team n°5 of Aï-Na, Maximilien and Chloé!
‘Never give up’, ‘go all the way’ are also part of the values conveyed by the EA volunteers who always find solutions to realize their missions and photovoltaic installations and thus allow many beneficiaries to improve their daily life.
In parallel to the EAF038 project, Bernard, David and Gaëlle’s team electrified the basic health center which includes a hospital, a maternity ward as well as a lodge for the mobile staff and the janitor in Ambodiharina.
An additional 24,000 villagers now benefit from a health center with lighting.