Haiti, 2018

Installing solar panels. Image credit: Keith Bellesfield

From March 17th through the 26th, Brubaker Inc.’s own Doug Brubaker led a team of individuals from Lancaster, Phoenixville, and Holland, PA on a work project in conjunction with Neffsville Mennonite Church, World Gospel Mission, Least of These Ministries, and with Lancaster’s Colonial Electric Supply as a major material donor.  Our friends in Haiti with Radio Lumiere were awaiting the team’s arrival.  This project was to help in the second and most critical phase of a multi-phase project.  The goal was to make their AM station in Torbeck operational again.  The radio tower had been destroyed by Hurricane Matthew back in October of 2016.

Many in-country helpers

Haitian contractors assisted the team on this project phase. Several local village neighbors joined the team also.  A 250′ AM tower donated by interested parties in the United States was erected, along with new and donated guy wire and insulators.  While that was happening, a new solar power generating system was installed.  In addition new wiring, power storage batteries, and a fresh coat of paint on the interior were added.

German assistance

The first phase of this project took place several weeks ago.  A team from Germany, partnering with the local neighbors at the site, installed new concrete anchors for the guy wires.  Radio experts will be involved in the third phase that takes place April 2nd through the 4th when the new tower is ‘tuned’ to maximum signal clarity so it can once again broadcast on air.

Thanks to our Local Donors

Many thanks to John Przychodzien and his team at Colonial Electric Supply for graciously donating wire and materials for the electric and solar power systems.  Their generosity is greatly appreciated both by the team and our friends in Haiti.

Because of this project, Radio Lumiere will be back on the air in this southern coastal area of Haiti.

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The destroyed tower still lays in the marsh.

The neighborhood well. The water is not safe to drink.

Getting the first tower section in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turning Clifford into an electrician.

Roodly was a great help for us.

With some of the neighborhood kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New solar panels set in place.

New tower going up with the destroyed one in the foreground.

The mission team for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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