Going Green for Spring: Energy
and Water Solutions
As we welcome in spring this year, we want to highlight some of the ways that HCM is improving its power and water use as well as share with you some ways you could partner with us in this area.
The energy cost in Haiti is one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Out of necessity, we use generators aside from the minimal city power available. Those of you who have served in Haiti know that electricity is very sporadic with the city power coming and going unpredictably throughout the day. When the city power is off, our hospital, offices, and team and staff housing rely on the generator for power. Although we will continue to need generator power, the plan is to lower the cost to operate by implementing alternative solutions.
We have partnered with friends from Rotary as well as others to create a strategy for replacing city power with a more cost efficient energy system. In 2016, we installed inverter battery pack systems for five buildings on HCM campus, including all three hospital buildings. The inverter system charges the batteries while the city power or generator power is on and automatically activates the power when the city or generator power turns off. These inverter battery packs can provide energy for up to ten hours (est. dependent on power consumption). This will help our hospital grid to alleviate some of the power and energy costs.
Prayer / Thanks
We believe in the power of prayer. Here are a few ways you can be praying for HCM over the next few weeks.
1. Please pray for the visiting teams serving at HCM in the upcoming month. They will be serving through energy solutions, English instruction, VBS, and other projects.
2. We are thankful for the work of the Los Alamos team last week. In addition to their work on the water system, they purchased 80 trees to be planted at the HCM Village of Faith and the HCM main campus. Deforestation is a huge challenge in the Fonds-Parisien area, so these trees will bring new life.
3. We praise God for the work of the surgery team that served in the Higgins Brothers Surgicenter in March. They performed an astonishing 85 surgeries!
As many of you know, water is always a huge concern in Haiti. After Hurricane Matthew in October, the lack of water became a new and continuing issue. As a solution, we were able to clean and renew our piping system and create new water flows. We are now in the process of building a new cistern to supply water to the mission as well as the surrounding community. We have also built cisterns and dug wells in other communities we serve with the partnership of IDES, church partners, and individual donors. HCM uses cisterns and wells for most of our water, but we have had to rely on bottled water for drinking water. Our friends at Los Alamos Church helped to install a small water purification system on the main campus. Together, we are now planning on expanding the system to supply clean drinking water for the hospital and the surrounding community. This past week, a team from Los Alamos worked on the water system and began the expansion. They installed a larger pump, enabling us to begin providing clean water to people from the community. We are hoping to be able to rely fully on this system soon.
Partner With Us
With help from partners like Don Cox, Ken Hageman, Los Alamos Church, IDES, and many others, we have made steps forward in these two areas of energy and water. Each of these steps helps with HCM’s operational costs and eliminates waste.
If you would like to partner with HCM in our energy solutions, there are several ways that you can get involved:
You can give to the HCM greatest need fund which helps cover HCM’s operational costs, program expenses, and unexpected needs.
Your church, school, or bible study can become a church partner. In this program, you can partner with one of the HCM churches and support the operation of the church and school awhile building a relationship with the community. Learn more here.
You can help with our energy solutions projects directly. If you have knowledge or skills that may be helpful in these areas, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org