In 2008 Haiti was hit by four hurricanes creating much suffering across the island. Some of us were deeply concerned that, while some pastors had cell phones, those phones could not be used to keep the central church informed as to their welfare, because they had no way to re-charge them. We became aware that some did not even have radio contact because batteries are short-lived.
Churches in Haiti are central to the Haitian way of life and become social centers for their communities. Pastors are often called upon in times of emergency. Therefore, if churches could be given a even a moderate amount of electricity it would be of great help. Electricity provided through solar energy is the answer. In 2009, Pastor Bill Huegel connected with two engineers named Ted and Ed, who agreed to work on this issue and to help install solar panels in churches in Haiti. We have worked with Pastor Lubin and Pastor John Beaucejour of Les Cayes, Haiti. This project will begin in 2010.
This electricity will give rural churches light at night, provide sound via a small public address system, and will help people keep their cell phones charged and will put them in radio contact with the rest of the world.
Pastor Bill has set up a special fund just for solar energy projects in Haiti. All contributions to BEM are tax deductible and will greatly help our cause. For less than a $1000.00 we can bring a village in Haiti out of the dark - quite literally - by giving the church and its area some light at night.