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Being There

One of my great joys in directing WE CARE Solar is getting to combine the talents of so many wonderful volunteers. The list of dedicated souls grows each week, and we now boast a magnificent line-up of engineers, health providers, lawyers, teachers, and students working together to improve health care for women and their families around the world.

The other great privilege of being part of this organization is having the opportunity to meet health workers and families around the world. When people from other nations are willing to share their stories, it helps us to understand the medical needs in wide range of conditions, and helps us to adapt our solar suitcase design to be appropriate for different settings. Most of my work for the last two years has been in Nigeria, and I have learned so much during each of my six visits there. Now the time has come to gain first hand knowledge about Haiti, a country that has obviously captured our hearts and our efforts over the last few months. The picture above is from a home birth in a mountainous area where there is no electricity, and was sent to by the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF). I will be visiting HHF and other groups when I fly to Haiti at the end of April, accompanied by one of WE CARE Solar’s engineers. We’ll be assessing the function of solar suitcases already in place, learning about the maternity care in Port-au-Prince and outlying areas, and bringing more lights and supplies to medical teams and maternity clinics. If you would like to support this work, please consider donating to WE CARE Solar. The information on how to donate is found on our “contact us” site.

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