Meet Stephen, he serves as a nurse at Munuama rural health care center on Banana Island in Lake Kariba in Zambia. On this island there is no electricity. Prior to BJ and Muzalemas arrival Stephen successfully delivered twins in the middle of the night. However, the mother was experiencing some complications so she had to be taken to the hospital in Siavonga.
Now imagine, traveling at night in a boat to a different island using nothing but your cellphone to light the way. Seem pretty difficult right?....now imagine holding two newborns while also taking care of an ill mother.
Stephen has overcome many of these similar challenges being a nurse at a hospital that has no electricity. Everyday he had to travel to a different island to charge his cell phone in preparation for any night time health care that might be required. Thanks to the solar suitcases BJ and Muzalema delivered through the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange, Stephen now has the lighting needs he requires. "Stephen was struggling to articulate the extend to which the unit will support his work as a rural health care facility nurse. It was seemingly indescribable" said BJ.
Thank you to all who made this project a success! Especially Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, and U.S. Department of State. If you would like to learn more about our Skip the Grid work go to SkiptheGrid.org. Projects like this one, PV for Phebe, or Current for Curran would not be made possible without your support. #givingtuesday #ReciprocalExchange #MandelaFellows #ExchangeOurWorld