Hospital Sacre Couer

Donation Goal For This Project is $7,500
100% Donated/$0 To Go
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PROJECT COMPLETE100%

SUMMARY
In the aftermath of the 2012 earthquake that devastated Port au Prince and other southern regions of Haiti, the rest of the country and the world was charged with providing much needed aid. Among the earliest responders was Hôpital Sacré Coeur (HSC) in the northern Haiti town of Milot. The 122-bed hospital was stretched beyond capacity to accommodate the thousands of victims flown in from Port au Prince. The increased use of the hospital was an enormous strain on the already overtaxed and out- of-date electrical system. This project updated the system and provided reliable and more cost efficient energy to the hospital.

WHAT IS THE ISSUE, PROBLEM OR CHALLENGE?
As the largest hospital in northern Haiti, Hôpital Sacré Coeur was a vital part of country’s healthcare system even before the earthquake. The hospital was reliant on serval unreliable and expensive electrical systems which included a malfunctioning diesel-fueled main generator, an equally unpredictable backup, and overhead electrical wires susceptible to weather damage; all of which at high costs to the hospital. There were often times when surgeries were delayed due to lack of sufficient energy to power multiple operating rooms simultaneously or a need to switch from one generator to the next.
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT SOLVE THE PROBLEM?
Over the past five years Sextant has partnered with Project HOPE, CRUDEM, Electricians Without Borders, and local labor to create an innovative, reliable, and cost-effective electrical system for the hospital. The project included rewiring the hospital so that electrical wires are now underground and safe from the inclement weather that is a constant threat to Haiti which is located in the hurricane belt. All of the work was done by volunteer engineers and electricians working with and training local labor workers.
The most significant portion of the project was the installation of a state of the art solar panel (photovoltaic or PV) system. The solar panel system was installed to provide [80%] of the energy for the hospital, displacing expensive and toxic diesel fuel. We also developed and executed a power purchase agreement for the hospital offering a lower electricity rate to the facility than is provided by the utility. The solar PV system helps to improve the resiliency of the facility and the available power is more reliable than the government utility.
WHAT IS THE POTENTIAL LONG TERM IMPACT?
This project has ensured that Hopital Sacre Coeur can continue to provide much needed healthcare for Milot and the surrounding region of Haiti. The new systems provide reliable 24hour/day energy and allow for all of the hospital’s facilities, staff, and volunteers to function uninterrupted without the threat of brown outs or poor energy distribution.
The solar power provides reliable energy, resiliency to operate after a natural disaster, reduced operating costs, improved local air quality, carbon emissions reductions, and local skills to the community to operate the new systems.
WHAT WAS THE PROJECT’S OUTCOME?
A solar panel system was installed to provide [80%] of the energy for the hospital, displacing expensive and toxic diesel fuel. We also developed and executed a power purchase for the hospital offering a lower electricity rate to the facility than is provided by the utility. The solar PV system helps to improve the resiliency of the facility and the available power is more reliable than the utility.
Solar power provides reliable energy, resiliency to operate after a natural disaster, reduced operating costs, improved local air quality, carbon emissions reductions, and local skills to the community to operate the new systems.
FUNDRAISING GOAL
Closed. | $7,500 | Completed and 100% met.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
This project is completed, but there are more in the works that need your help.

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