SELF is committed to the long-term success of our projects. We sustain our systems by working closely with our partners to ensure operations and maintenance services are routinely carried out.
Expanding on our partnership with Partners In Health (PIH), SELF installed a 10kW solar electric generating system for the electrification of the new Village Health Works (VHW) clinic in the remote village of Kigutu, in southern Burundi. With the help of solar panels donated by Cermet Materials and Ersol, and generous contributions from our supporters, doctors and staff now have the vital electricity they need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to treat thousands of patients suffering from HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
In the Narok South District of Kenya, extreme poverty and lack of educational opportunities and quality health services plague the region, especially for young women. For this reason, Free The Children (FTC), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to free children from poverty and exploitation, created the Kisaruni Girls Secondary School to bring together young women from different tribes in a safe, educational environment to interact for the first time and foster a foundation for healing and understanding.
To support help improve the education and health of the community, SELF installed a solar-diesel hybrid power system for the Kisaruni School and the nearby Baraka Health Center to power school lights, computers, printers, the community’s first and only ultrasound machine, a vaccine refrigerator, a defibrillator, and examination lights.
SELF continues to provide operations and troubleshooting guidance for the solar systems that were installed in 2008 and 2010 at the seven clinics run by Partners In Health (PIH) in the remote mountainous region of Lesotho. The systems provide reliable power for satellite communications, electronic record-keeping systems and diagnostic equipment.