RDC 33 – SOLAR PANELS FOR THE HOME OF KINSHASA
This project takes place in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kinshasa is a cosmopolitan city with an estimated population of 17,071,000 inhabitants on an area of 9,965 km2, located on the south bank of the Congo River, opposite the capital of the Republic of Congo Brazzaville.
The House where the community of the Comboni Sisters lives is in the Municipality of Limete, 13th Avenue Industriel n. 67/A. This community carries out various services: it is the seat of the Provincial Superior and the Provincial Bursar, it welcomes all the passing sisters who work in the various missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and those who for health reasons, for legal procedures or to travel, must reside for a certain time in our community. In addition, once a year, we organize our Provincial Assembly for all the sisters.
Despite the fact that the city is supplied with electricity from the Inga Dam, there are continuously very long outages and sometimes the lack of electricity can last several days. We live continuously with power outages and overcharges that endanger all appliances and other types of devices needed for our various missionary services. In addition, the price of public electricity service continues to rise. For many years we have been trying to solve this problem with a generator, the repair costs of which are increasing and now it needs a replacement.
The increase in fuel prices, especially after the war in Ukraine, and the pollution we cause from this same generator, force us to look for other alternative energy sources in order to continue serving the mission. For this reason, we would like to install solar panels to be able to provide and improve the various services of the community of Limete.
The 7 sisters who reside permanently carry out various services for the benefit of the population of the city such as: attention to the detainees in the prison of Makala, awareness against human trafficking, various formation sessions, Missionary Animation and awareness of Justice, Peace and the integrity of Creation in all the parishes of the city, publication and dissemination of the missionary press, vocational support and guidance, assistance with scholarships to children and young people in situations of poverty, reception of the poor of the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
- Reduce costs and reduce environmental impact
- Have the necessary electricity for all our basic needs and be able to produce our teaching materials for the multiple ministerial services
Direct: the 7 sisters of the community, the visiting sisters, the groups of young people and lay people we form
Indirect: all the people who benefit from our various ministries.
Referent sister of the project: Sr. Carolina Larios Angulo