October 1, 2013 – For the second year in a row, RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading provider of residential and commercial solar systems, has raised $1,500 to purchase a WE CARE Solar Suitcase for the Aloha Medical Mission, a non-profit that sends teams of doctors and nurses to help people in medically underserved countries in the Asia-Pacific region. RevoluSun raised the money through its own project developers and staff in just two weeks.
The Solar Suitcase is a portable solar power unit that provides doctors and other healthcare workers with medical lighting and power for mobile communication, computers and medical devices, and can be used for a range of medical and humanitarian settings. Aloha Medical Mission President Dr. Bradley Wong visited a Nepalese health clinic last year in the town of Lahan —one of thousands of rural health clinics that suffer from a lack of reliable electricity— to see patients and give the clinic the solar suitcase, which was the first ever to be installed in Nepal.
“The solar suitcase we left last year has had a major impact on the function of the health clinic,” Dr. Bradley Wong reports. “The light is being used both in the emergency room at night, which sees 15 patients a day, and to provide light in the delivery room, which has 6 to 7 deliveries a month.”
The success of this first suitcase prompted Aloha Medical Mission’s decision to bring another suitcase this year.
The Hawaii non-profit is returning to Nepal this Fall and will gift another WE CARE Solar Suitcase from RevoluSun to a rural health clinic in Dhankuta.
“There are no roads to this clinic,” Wong says. “We will hike two hours from the main road. We are greatly appreciative of the efforts by the RevoluSun staff to provide the funds to purchase another Solar Suitcase. There are at least a thousand other clinics like the one we served that are in need of the light.”
RevoluSun Project Developer John Cheever was motivated to help the Aloha Medical Mission after meeting Dr. Wong and finding out how the Solar Suitcase could help their efforts. “This is our way to contribute to the utility of photovoltaic systems on a very simple yet profound level,” Cheever relates. “It’s incredibly gratifying for everyone at RevoluSun to see this technology that we all believe in so strongly be used to save and improve lives all over the world.”
To see a video of last year’s solar suitcase experience, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnF-5zOWJU8