LEWISBURG - Inspired by a presentation by vice president of Lenape Solar, Justin Charles, the Lewisburg Sunset Rotary sought to help the local solar company in their humanitarian project to bring solar power to a newly constructed hospital in the town of Anse-a-Galets, Haiti.
In broadening the scope of their commitment toward bettering communities while benefiting the environment, Lenape Solar has joined a volunteer project on the island of La Gonave in Haiti to provide solar power to a new hospital and humanitarian compound.
While Lenape Solar already has secured almost $280,000, additional funding is needed to reach the goal of $600,000 to provide sustainable power to the island's only medical facility.
A new hospital and humanitarian compound currently is being constructed to serve the island's severely impoverished residents.
The new hospital will replace the previous facility, which is vastly undersized and remains damaged from the earthquake.
The compound also provides guest housing for visiting volunteers, including skilled laborers, orphanage attendants, missionaries and volunteer medical teams (including, recently, a team from Geisinger Medical Center).
The construction of the hospital and compound are well under way, made possible by the incredible work and dedication of organizations like Lemon Aid. Photographs of the compound construction progress can be seen on Lemon Aid's Facebook page at www.faceb ook.com/lemonaidcharity.
The Lewisburg Rotary Club will host a charity raffle, with prizes including:
Seven Night Condo in
Weekend Sailing Trip for
Four on the Chesapeake Bay
High definition TV
Penn State Football
12 other prizes
Only 600 tickets will be sold for $50 each from now through June 22. A drawing will be held at 6 p.m. June 24 at Puirseil's Irish Pub. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets for the charity raffle can be purchased by calling Lenape Solar at 286-1496.
"We are so excited about the raffle," said Irene Henninger, president of the Lewisburg Sunset Rotary Club.
"Being able to support such an amazing project is just one of the great things that we get to do in rotary."
The raffle is expected to raise $28,000 for the Lenape Solar in Haiti Project.
Lenape Solar, having already visited the project site in January to assess the facility's needs, will be designing, supplying, and installing the custom solar photovoltaic system that will completely power the complex. The team is returning to Haiti during the last two weeks of August to install the system.
La Gonave Island, just 39 miles long by nine miles wide, has a population of approximately 120,000, with almost 53,000 living in the town of Anse'Galets. All of the electrical power on La Gonave Island is provided by diesel-powered generators, which are prohibitively expensive and unsustainable.
The hospital compound's generators also require that the town's only clean water be pumped from the mountains, though most homes do not have running water.
With monthly costs of over $12,000, the generators must be shut down between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. to conserve fuel, reduce costs, and cut back on the difficulty of carrying 50 gallon drums of fuel by boat from the mainland.
Lenape Solar's new off-grid system will eliminate dependence on diesel fuel and provide clean, renewable power with minimal need for maintenance. The system also will include remote monitoring and management abilities, allowing Lenape Solar to attend to any system concerns right from their offices in Sunbury.
To make a donation toward the installation of the hospital compound's solar energy system, call Lenape Solar's office at 286-1496, visit them at 140 S. Second St. in Sunbury, email Justin Charles at jcharl es@lenape solar.com, or make secure online donations directly from the company's website at www.lenapesolar.com.
To keep up with project updates and receive other helpful tips about solar and renewable energies and energy efficiency, visit www.faceb ook.com/lenapesolar.
For more information about Lemon Aid, visit www.lemo naid.org.uk or www.facebook .com/lemonaid charity.