Chifundo Clinic Solar Initiative
Updated: Aug 27, 2022
We are pleased to share with you a project that we had the privilege to donate and service in 2020. In March of 2013, the Chifundo Rural Health Center in Lusaka, Zambia opened its doors to the local community.
The clinic was originally intended to be a small rural clinic that served the local Bible College, but soon after opening they quickly found that their reach was far greater. They now operate a full-service clinic that sees 400+ patients a day and accepts nighttime emergencies.
Because of a two-year drought (2017-2019) their hydroelectric power source was no longer viable and left them with a gasoline-powered 8 Kw generator and 12 lead-acid batteries. The current setup was proving to be too expensive and did not meet the combined demand of the clinic, seminary, and housing on the property. In addition, the current electricity was not reliable for nighttime emergencies, deliveries, or the new specialty clinics (including a full time Dentist coming in October of 2021).
Due to complications with their current system, the Chifundo Clinic reached out to us and after assessing the situation, we found that an upgrade was necessary. Through this charitable initiative the Chifundo Clinic was able to receive 36 solar panels as well as an inverter with a 12 KV output capacity. This system will make the clinic 90% off the campus’ power grid and able to maintain 24/7 power service.
It was an honor to be a part of this project and get to help such wonderful people! We would also like to thank the local church community in Aurora and Grand Island Nebraska along with many individuals who also contributed to seeing this project to completion.