POWER UP GAMBIA INC via Crowdrise
March 03, 2011
BENEFITING: POWER UP GAMBIA INC
HOURS PLEDGED: 1,000
Imagine the lights go out, and you think to yourself "Hmm, is it worth the 400 mile round-trip down a bumpy, dusty road to get more extremely expensive diesel fuel so I can switch on the lights again? Do I even have the money?" Then imagine it's the rainy season and that road is flooded and you realize you won't have lights again for 3 more months. Then imagine that the lights you want to turn on happen to be in the operating room of a hospital.
Well, at Bansang Hospital, they don't have to use their imaginations. Bansang Hospital is the farthest hospital from the nation's infrastructure base, serving the poorest of The Gambia's population. It is at once the largest as well as the most strained of The Gambia's tertiary care hospitals, serving a population of nearly 600,000.
Power generators in the town of Bansang supply electricity to the hospital, but only for limited periods of the day due to fuel cost and supply issues. With rising fuel prices, shrinking hospital budgets and difficult transportation, obtaining fuel for electrical generation is a constant worry.
Power Up Gambia is working to change this, and you can too. We've already upgraded a solar energy system that provides power to the Pediatrics Ward. Now we're planning to bring reliable electricity to the entire hospital, making sure to have 24/7 power in the maternity and men's and women’s ward, as well as the operating theater, lab, and pharmacy. Your donations will make this possible--your donations will save lives!
$15,000 will go a long towards purchasing and installing a solar array for Bansang... and every dollar counts!
The Gambia doesn't have a whole lot of electricity, but it does have a lot of energy—SOLAR ENERGY—and that's where Power Up Gambia comes in.
We harness this amazing natural resource by installing solar panel systems with backup storage capabilities, literally powering up health care facilities all over the country. Plus, we work with local communities, building relationships with staff and the people of neighboring villages, which makes our work sustainable over the long run.
By using green energy technology, our high-impact on health care comes with low-impact on the environment. As if that wasn't enough, we're based in Philly, home of the cheesesteak and all things brotherly love. Need we say more?
Now that we've blown your mind with awesomeness, you probably want to know how to help out. You're in the right place. And you have a choice:
- Be cool and click ‘Donate’.
- Be ridiculously cool, and click ‘Join the Team’.
We like option #2. That’s because it’s a Win-Win-Win:
- You do something you’re already doing (spending way too much time on Facebook, Twitter and so on),
- We get what we’re doing done faster,
- Gambian hospitals and clinics get reliable electricity and lives are saved! Woot!
So, become a living, breathing fundraiser, and you help us spread the word! Tell everyone what a great cause this is, and what a big difference they can make in The Gambia, because it IS a big difference.
Put it on that great blog of yours, tell your friends and make them tell their friends, and pretty soon, the work is done.
Now go out there and make us some money! Have at it! (No, seriously--make us money.)