These provisional lines do not allow us to use more than a couple of light bulbs in the houses and in the kitchen, and hardly provide enough electricity for the computer lab in the school. The home does not have enough space for dairy or meat products, as they cannot connect a walk in freezer. The electrical machines for the bakery cannot be used. All laundry is washed by hand and dried in the sun as we cannot even think about connecting industrial washing machines or dryers to the provisional electricity network.
The fire department recently made a control visit. NPH Nicaragua needs their permission to run the home. Of course, the existing provisional lines (cables pulled over from one building to the other, thick wooden sticks as poles), did not get their approval. Fortunately, the architect and construction manager were able to explain that we are waiting and hoping for a donation and that we really want to improve the actual situation. They decided to come back in a couple months and expect the network to be set up the right way. We are concerned about the security of our children.
October will be another challenge, as strong winds and heavy rains are expected for this time of the year and the cables will probably fall or disconnect several times. Blackouts are very common in Nicaragua. Every time the public electricity fails, the water pump of our home stops working. We have a huge water tank, but have had some shortages the last several days and serious water problems more than once. Imagine 200 children and no water! The electricity project includes not only a generator for the water pump, but also one for the administrative office and the clinic. We will re-use the generators of our office in San Jorge and of the former home Casa Santiago for the houses and the storage rooms in the kitchen.
The first phase includes:
Primary School (power outlets and lights in each classroom and computer lab with air conditioning)
Clinic (power outlets and lights, fans in the rooms, computers for the medical coordinator and pharmacy, small fridge for drugs, dental chair, small kitchen)
Kitchen, bakery, laundry, warehouse, dining hall (kitchen and bakery equipment, lights, industrial washing machines and dryers, walk-in freezer and cold storage room, computer for warehouse administrator, music and video equipment for dining hall during activities)
Administrative offices (planned to be in front of kitchen and dining hall): computers and air conditioning for the administrative staff of the home
If you have any questions about this project, please contact your nearest fundraising office. Click "Sponsor Project" to give an online donation. We are very grateful for any amount you can donate.
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