AWAKEN has used a $3,620 Rotary District Grant to purchase and install a solar panel system for its Behsood Health Clinic in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. The grant awarded $1,810 from the District, matched by $1,810 from the Muncie Sunrise Rotary Club.
The Behsood Health Clinic opened in 2008, and in 2013 alone it treated more than 16,000 patients in a rural area that has no other healthcare facilities.
The solar power system now provides clean, renewable and highly affordable electricity for the clinic’s medical equipment, lighting, water pump, fans (for warm summer months) and heaters (for cool winter months). It has replaced a petroleum-powered generator that was dirty, noisy and expensive to operate.
“We’re extremely grateful for the Rotary District and the Sunrise Rotary club’s help in providing better healthcare facilities for Afghan women and children,” said Bibi Bahrami, president and founder of AWAKEN, Inc.
Rotary District Grants allow Rotary clubs and districts to support sustainable projects that carry out the Rotary Foundation’s mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty, both locally and internationally.
“The Muncie Sunrise Rotary Club is pleased to have the opportunity of providing funding to AWAKEN to provide solar power for their medical facility. This sustainable project will provide clean, dependable energy to the clinic,” said Tony Yakos, president of the Muncie Sunrise Rotary Club.
Itemized Grant Expenditures:
$1,450 – 10 Solar Panels
$1,150 – 10 Battery Packs
$170 – 1 Charge Controller
$280 – 1 Power Inverter
$200 – 1 Stand for Solar Panels
$370 – Full Installation Service