“The CVESH clinic had a lot of issues with the batteries, inverters and controllers that had been installed earlier by in-country technicians, so I was a little surprised,” SonLight Power volunteer Robert Everley said. “We did a lot of rewiring and reconfiguring and taught some of the locals how to do maintenance.”
Robert, who is from Groton, Connecticut, has been interested in solar power for years. While looking for an opportunity to make a lasting difference, he found SonLight Power online. Robert attended SonLight Power Solar School in June 2018, which helped equip him for the trip.
“I’ve been wanting some hands-on experience looking for opportunities with solar ovens and solar lamps, so this was interesting to me,” he said. Robert had been on mission trips before, but mostly teaching English or leading vacation bible school activities.
“This was the first trip that required some manual labor,” he laughed. Robert is excited about the difference the new solar power system is making for the eye clinic and the Christianville campus.
Traci and her team are looking forward to SonLight Power returning to the campus soon to install solar panels on some of the other buildings.
“We feel so blessed to work with SonLight Power,” Traci said. “More solar power means continuing to reduce the expenses of fuel and maintenance on the generators, freeing up resources for ministry.”
Robert says he hopes to come back, too. Addressing SonLight Power supporters, Robert explained, “what you’re doing is awesome and powerful – you’re a great group of people.”