2008 DRC Solar system

2008 DRC Solar system

The installation of the solar system in September 2008 was the first major project we realised at the DRC Nepal. It was realised in collaboration with a fellow DRC-volunteer Gemma Langdown from England.

Before, the children weren’t really keen on taking a shower, because the water was ice cold. Hygiene is even more necessary when 55 children live so closely together. And thus we decided that taking a shower should be a happier experience with nice hot water, warmed by the sun.

Previous to the installation there were cases of pneumonia in the DRC. Since the installation of the system and the availability of hot water to shower, their have been no more cases of this disease.

The solar system is still working satisfactorily and the children love to take a nice hot shower.

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4 Smiling Faces

Smiling Faces is the abbreviation for the Helping Hands 4 Smiling Faces Foundation, that was started by Tjitske Weersma in 2008. We improve the living conditions of children in children’s homes in developing countries with specific, small-scale projects in which they are central. We also support them when they have to leave those homes at 18 and have no safety net to fall back on. With us they come first. With our help they’ll go so much further, are they able to make their own choices and can they make shape their own lives.