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ELWA Ministries Liberia is a group of ministries and services located on a 132-acre campus in Paynesville, Liberia, outside the capital city of Monrovia. From this campus, Liberians are served by the first gospel radio station in Africa, healthcare at the ELWA Hospital, education for 825 Liberian children at the ELWA Academy, and dental services at Trinity Dental Clinic. Today, the campus is home to over 75 families of ELWA Ministries staff and expatriate missionaries from several organizations. Reliable, cost-effective electricity is essential to the work of ELWA Ministries.
Since the 1990’s, ELWA’s diesel generators provided the exclusive source for electricity, running for months at a time without the maintenance they needed. A year ago, in March 2021, the ELWA campus connected to the Liberian Electric Company (LEC) power system for the first time in nearly 40 years. For some months, LEC provided as much as 85% of the power for ELWA, and generators were only needed 15% of the time, which we hoped would extend their lifespan.
In recent months, LEC has only been able to provide electricity to the campus to supply about 35% of ELWA's needs, or about 4 to 6 hours per day. December through April are dry season months, meaning that the flow of water through Liberia’s only hydroelectric plant is reduced significantly. In addition, increased demand of newly-added customers has taxed the lower production capacity. This has stressed the ELWA generators and Technical Services staff to the breaking point. Power must be maintained at the hospital so power is often shut off in other areas, like the missionaries homes and guest house which makes it difficult to eat and sleep. ELWA urgently needs to purchase a new, larger generator with the capacity to provide electricity to the campus within the next few weeks. A new generator is available now if we can come up with the remaining funds quickly.
We are asking you to consider joining with others to raise the needed funds to make this urgent purchase. This purchase is part of the continuing development plan for building and equipping a new powerhouse at ELWA.
ELWA now has the chance to purchase a new 400kVA diesel generator for the ELWA campus for a cost of $64,300. The offer of this generator is time sensitive and we don't want to lose this opportunity. We were informed that ELWA has $24,000 on hand for the purchase of the generator and so the net funding gap is $40,300. One donor has offered to match every dollar raised and so the funding gap is reduced to half leaving $20,150 still urgently needed.