We recently sat down with representatives from two of our amazing on the ground partners: Direct Relief and New Use Energy. They spoke on their work in Ukraine, the importance of light and power to the people of Ukraine, and what they see as the biggest needs going forward. What follows below is a summary of that discussion.
We started with an overview from Chris Alleway, Manager, Emergency Response & New Initiatives, Direct Relief. Chris shared the following:
When asked about the role of power in healthcare, Chris stated “"Power is key to equitable access to healthcare." Chris referenced one of Direct Relief’s newer initiatives: Power for Health. “Without power, critical health services can’t be provided – lifesaving medicines go bad, electronic health records can’t be accessed, essential medical equipment can’t be powered, and vital community health facilities serving the most vulnerable shut down.” He talked about clinics needing refrigeration for insulin and vaccines.
Their focus is on providing mobile, rapidly deployable solar generators for commercial uses. In Ukraine they are focusing on hospitals, field hospitals, clinics and frontline area stabilization points. They design units for these users, with the support of Direct Relief.
In the US most hospitals have backup generators that are diesel powered, but in Ukraine, diesel generators have many disadvantages, including:
Direct Relief and NUE continue to work in Ukraine to help hospitals, clinics and individuals. We at Unite to Light are honored to be a part of this effort. Together we have deployed over 12,300 Luke Lights and 2,215 Chandler Chargers to Ukraine. We plan to ship more this month.
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Unite to Light
New Use Energy
We’ll end with a quote from Halyna in Kherson City Council after they received a shipment of Chargers:
"My dear, colleagues!
Oh, my God!
I can't believe my eyes!
I can't imagine the eyes of my people in the most dangerous places of my city!
You are the best!"
We could not have done this without our amazing supporters and partners. A special shout-out to the Senior Community at Linden Ponds in Hingham, MA for running not one, but TWO fundraisers for Luke Lights and Chandler Chargers to be sent to Ukraine. Also to the group of 14 Rotary and Rotaract Clubs who have supported this effort. Thank you all for lighting the world.