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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Electrifying Shalom: 2012

Hello readers,  I have a report from Dr. Tom Camp's recent visit to Honduras.    Empowering women and reducing ecological impact are two goals which have to be at the forefront of our mission.  Below is Dr. Camp's report on how both are happening at Shalom!

Shalom is a home for young ladies from Honduras who are seeking a better life with safety, education, schooling, Christian environment, and helping others a priority.

Who lives there?
-A house mother and 15 ladies ranging in age from 13 to 23 years.
Where is it located?
-La Ceiba, Honduras

What are the expenses?

Typical Honduran wiring
-Two or three years ago Sandy and Sister Eleanor(Cruzadas de Evangilico), the ladies who are the brains and "go to" persons for Shalom, told me the number one expense for the entire mission compound where Shalom is located is electricity.

Why does their electricity cost so much?
-The transformer is old and inefficient.
-The wiring is old and inefficient.
-Electricity is just generally expensive.

The way electricity "works" in Copan

I "happened" to mention this to a friend that works at The Southern Company in the USA and, after a lot of work and money on her part, she delivered a brand spanking new transformer to the compound in Honduras.  After typical Honduran red tape, Sandy and Sister Eleanor now have the transformer up and running. 

Electricity at Shalom thanks to Partnership!

Has this made any difference?
You Bet! Again three things have changed.
1. The monthly bill is lower.
2. The electricity is steady and therefore not burning out their computers and costly appliances.
3. A whole section of the neighborhood now has reliable electricity.

Apparently I am “obsessed” with the idea of partnering since I gave a recent talk on that in Copan, Honduras, and the Electrifying of Shalom is a great example. Take a look at this...

Who is helping to electrify Shalom more cheaply?

-AHMEN (our NGO)
-A Friend of AHMEN and her friends, and a whole bunch of electrical engineers who work at the Southern Company
-The Southern Company itself
-Dole Fruit company (for cheap transportation)
-Cruzadas (the home of Shalom)
-Honduras friend of Shalom (an electrical engineer)
-Honduras Electrical Company

Ain't partnership grand?!

So this is a great big "THANK YOU" to all the folks who had anything to do with the purchase, transportation and installation of the transformer.
What a delight it is to know and work with all of you. You make me feel so lucky, or as my friend Bucket would say "blessed". If any of you would like to visit and see for yourself, just say the word, and we can arrange it.

Vaya con Dios,

Together, we are the difference.

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