Humanitarian aid for Tanzania

SOLAR-RIPP ® contributed solar preheating equipment for the laundry water at the Matyazo hospital, in support of the Neukirchen Mission and their humanitarian aid project in the Kigoma province. Matyazo is a cluster of farms 1,700 m (5,580 ft) above sea level, in the Kigoma province in the western part of Tanzania, close to the border with Burundi, with 8 months of rainy season and lush vegetation. After the goods manufactured by SOLAR-RIPP ® had been flown from Cologne/Bonn Airport to the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam, they had to be airlifted another 750 miles to the west, into the Waha region. The hospital has its own sloped airstrip, which is only used by experienced pilots for regular supply missions. Although our advanced low-temperature solar tube technology is more commonly applied for swimming pool heating, only slight modifications were needed to adapt the system for hospital laundry water preheating as part of this aid project. The Neukirchen Mission is the patron of the hospital as well as the associated children’s home and orphanage at Matyazo. Interested parties are invited to contribute to a sponsorship project for these institutions. For further information, please call +49-2845-983890. The local economy in the difficult-to-access, mountainous west of Tanzania is dominated by coffee and banana farming. Because of the very low income of the population, local means are insufficient to pay for even the most basis healthcare provision. Each year about 4,000 patients are treated in the wards and outpatient clinics of the hospital. The most common diseases are malaria, dysentery and similar infections, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and blunt trauma injuries. Often, the children’s home and orphanage is the only survival chance for infants and small children, especially as many mothers die in childbirth, due to the poor hygienic conditions and lack of water. Clean ground water has to be pumped from 65 m deep wells. To help feeding the infants, a small milk herd was settled at Matyazo. Electricity from diesel generators is available for three hours in the evenings. For the rest of the night, the storage batteries of an existing solar power system supply the essential night lighting for the hospital.