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The Problem

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in a humanitarian crisis following years of conflict, with some estimates suggesting millions have died from war-related causes. For many Congolese, every day is a struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs, but children with hearing loss face even greater challenges, because their culture casts them aside, perceiving them to be unintelligent and worthless.

The Solar Panel Project
Ephphata School for the Deaf empowers the children and young adults by: 1) helping them see their human value and potential, and 2) teaching them how to support themselves in life. Because local power outages are frequent, the school has installed solar panels to generate a clean, reliable, and sustainable source of electricity. The panels from the first two phases have made a big impact, and when this third phase is complete, the entire school will have power.

Your Gift Makes A Big Difference!
  • Solar panels will ensure that students have access to computers throughout the school day.
  • Students will be able to provide typing and computer services and earn income.
  • The workshop will have power to run their equipment and prepare students for carpentry jobs.
  • The administrative office will have access to their computers all day.

The project has multiple benefits:

  • Lifelong impact on the empowered children.
  • Income for the children and their families.
  • Spillover effect for the entire community.
  • No impact on the environment.

Total cost of the Solar Panel Project: $25,000
Includes solar panels, battery, converter, cover, regulator and installation.

Jim Smardon is a GREEN designated REALTOR© in Nova Scotia who’s taken his passion for the environment and merged it with the work of International Needs. He’s donating 8% of his commissions in the next year to support the final phase of the solar panel project. Thanks Jim!