The team installed the solar panels on the concrete roof of the school’s guest house and rewired the entire complex. “The wiring that was there was very poor. There was a stark contrast from what the school was like before and is now with lights and reliable electricity,” Jamie noted.
Most of the school’s students were away, dismissed a few days before the SonLight Power team arrived to help their families recover from the earthquake that had hit earlier. But a few students, several of the teachers and the school’s director helped with the installation.
“That was the most exciting thing for me,” David said, “having our own teachers see the installation first-hand so they can teach the students how to do that themselves.”
“Well, all I can say is that I wish I could do this all the time,” Jamie said. “It was a tough week but very rewarding. I plan to go back once or twice a year.”
David and Rita have great plans for the trade school now that they can depend on their power supply. As word has spread, they’ve seen a steady uptick in applications even though they now charge a nominal fee to enroll. Students range from the unemployed to the underemployed, all of whom simply want to better their lives.
Lately, professionals such as nurses, teachers and doctors have enrolled in the school’s computer classes, hoping to improve their performance and opportunities. The school has added Saturday classes and now operates six days a week.
This is often how Haiti advances. What could be considered small, incremental steps forward are important ways for people to steadily improve their lives by investing in their own personal future. The Beyond Relief trade school project is SonLight Power’s shared commitment to that future.
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