Power. Without it, the new surgical center being built in Imiliwaha will sit idly by. With it, the Sisters and their neighbors in the 16 villages surrounding the convent will experience healing and light. They’ve long endured irregular electricity, unimaginable to all who flip a switch and see light.
FOI, in collaboration with Benedictine University Professor Stefan Stefanoski, want to bring the power of abundant Tanzanian sunlight to the new surgical center and other buildings in Imiliwaha. A colleague of Dr. Stefanoski, Professor Slobodan Petrovic of the Oregon Institute of Technology, through Dr. Petrovic’s nonprofit, Solar HOPE, plan to generate the power to make this happen.
The panels, batteries and wiring have been donated. Installation will be donated, too, by students and their professors. They will involve the Sister-Electricians at Imiliwaha.
What’s left? Expenses for a shipping container to transport the panels, batteries and related items. Once Professor Petrovic visits Imiliwaha in January 2020 we will have a better idea of shipping costs. Safe to say it will be $4,000+, to be raised by FOI and Solar HOPE.