‘Wandikweza’ is a community based organization focused on provision of medical care in rural, medically underserved areas of Dowa, a district in Malawi. Through the Health Center and the mobile health workers, Wandikweza serves thousands of children and adults every year. The center is expanding but until now there has been no access to electricity. Now is the time and we would love to change this!
The overall goal of Wandikweza is to end preventable deaths among all women, children, and adolescents and greatly improve their health and well-being. To achieve this, the focus is on Community Outreach, Maternal & Child health and a variety of Youth services. Read more about their approach here.
Running water is vital for hygiene (washing of hands, showering) but also for irrigation of the land that belongs to the Center.The Center is expanding to three buildings during 2021.
Electricity is needed to power (security) lighting, fridges for maintaining the cold chain of medication and vaccines, PC’s, as well as laboratory- and other appliances.
The center is located in the Dowa (Malawi), where it serves nearly 30.000 patients on a yearly basis.
“There are many things a health center can’t do without, but at the top of that list you will find Water and Electricity “
Mercy – Founder & Director of Wandikweza
Solar energy offers a solution for the needs described above:
We aim to address the water issue with a solar powered water pump (2kW), connected to the existing borehole, in combination with a 5.000 liter water tank. This will provide sufficient water for both the Health Center purposes as well as the farming activities on the land that belongs to Wandikweza.
On the Electricity side our goal is the implementation of a XkWp solar and 15kWh battery storage system that will power all equipment and lighting at the Center. This will be complemented with three freestanding solar lights, which will improve security at the premises when it’s dark.