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Solar Shower for YouthforHope
Community Service Grant Project: Solar Shower for
NOTE: As you can read elsewhere on this website, the members of Rotary eClub One are asked every year to propose some small ($500) Community Service Grants and some large ones (about $2000) that could be matched by other local Rotary Clubs and/or Districts. This is the accomplishments from one of these Service grants to two of our members in Switzerland.
of all, we like to thank Rotary eClub One and
its board of directors on behalf of the organization YouthforHope, whose members have voted to approve each of our $500
community service grants and have further voted to approve an additional $1,000
(for a total of $2,000) to completely fund our project “Solar Shower for YouthforHope”.
Please find below our report on the project. Thank you for your interest and feedback.
Barbara Dueringer & Peter
was founded on 12th April
2006 in Oberglatt (Switzerland)
to assist the
children's home in Nairobi with
direct aid. The organization provides education, medical
treatment and shelter for those in need. Since 2010 the children's home "Watoto Mbele" has been
situated in Ngong, 8 km outside of Nairobi,
All members are volunteers and
are even benefactors.
The association provides 100% direct payment to
the orphanage that is used for
the defined purpose. In addition, the organization provides necessary jobs
for the local assistants, especially for the
YouthforHope oversees today two
projects in Kenya:
the children's home in Ngong with 45 children and a school
project in the slums for
We met Barbara König, founder and host for YouthforHope, who lives in Ngong, last year in Zurich. She told us about their
children's home, all the challenges and difficulties, needs and
For a long time, Barbara König
dealt with the
hot water supply in the orphanage. In particular, the shower was a huge problem. Every night the
water had to be heated on the stove in the children's
home. The hot water was filled
into buckets and the children
were able to take a shower.
As in Nairobi an abundance of solar energy is available, it was reasonable to install solar panels. But the offer
for a 300 liter solar water
heating system amounted to US $ 2,000. Her idea to install a solar shower motivated us to ask the Rotary eClub One
for a CSG.
Thanks to the financial
support of Rotary eClub One and countless hours of voluntary work, the project could be realized: On 20th May 2015 the solar shower at the orphanage Ngong was installed.
We organized the material for the organization YouthforHope and shipped
it to its destination (30 hours of volunteer work for each of
us). On May 6, 2015 Hans Haas and Helmut started the
construction with Barbara König
and local craftsmen. The foundation was dug out and the steel structure concreted. After that, the
solar panels were installed on the roof, the shower was built inside and covered with reeds.
We are very
pleased for the children and
the staff of the orphanage Ngong!
Additional note: By sponsoring anyone can support the children of the home Watoto Mbele
in Ngong enabling them to attend
school. As a result, we give the
children the opportunity and
hope for a better future because only with an education
they are able to improve their situation and find later on a good
job. The godchild receives
annually a new school uniform, shoes and a tracksuit.
The monthly school
fees, school trips and other fees (for example examination fees)
are paid by the sponsor.
Especially, we like to thank for the great donation (USD 2000) of Rotary
eClub One for our new solar shower which was initiated by Barbara Dueringer and
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