Looking for a charitable holiday gift idea? Sirona is collecting funds to build Unit 16, a solar powered generating station that recharges portable battery kits for homes for a village in Haiti. It takes $25,000 to build and deploy a unit that serves 100 homes for ten years. Homes pay for the service, about $6.25 per month (which is what they are currently paying for kerosene), so the equipment is maintained and will last for ten years.
Through your gift, 100 homes will receive service from the solar unit, so the cost per family is $250 per home, or $25 per year. Broken down further, the cost is only $2 per month per family, and if we look at a family of five we are bringing life-changing electricity for just over a penny a day per person. Energy access is the cornerstone that creates an opportunity to break the grinding cycle of poverty.
The first Unit 16 donor, 9 year old Kian Aime, started this unit with a $200 donation he collected by foregoing birthday gifts in lieu of donations to Sirona. Once we reach $25,000 we will deploy the unit and let every participating donor know about the village that received the unit with feedback from recipients in their words so you can see the difference that you have made for families who are currently living in darkness and breathing the noxious fumes of kerosene lanterns.
No gift is too small, every gift is tax deductible, and every light makes a huge difference in the villages where we work! Should you wish to donate as a gift to a friend or family please let us know and we will send that individual a card telling them about our program and the value of their gift to people in need. Thank you for considering Sirona!