EmpowerGAZA: No more blackouts!

Let’s provide renewable, reliable energy to four hospitals in Gaza today!

Power outages remain a daily reality in the Gaza strip, lasting more than 16 hours a day. Sick patients are especially vulnerable in hospitals, where insufficient power often decides between life or death. Patients in Gaza are needlessly suffering. We believe there has to be a better way.

Along with doctors and policy-makers in the Palestinian territories and internationally, we have taken a hard look at this problem. The problem is complex, but lots of people have been thinking about it for a long time. We know the solution, and now is the time to implement it – modelled after projects in other parts of Gaza and the world.

Despite the intense hardships from the ongoing blockade against Gaza, we are inspired by the resilience of Gazans seeking basic health care. The EmpowerGAZA health project will save lives by installing solar panels on four major hospitals in Gaza. This solar energy will provide reliable and green energy 24 hours a day to emergency rooms, intensive care units, and operating theatres.

Solar power will make hospitals self reliant and will empower Gaza hospitals in a sustainable way! Solar power has already had great success in hospitals in Gaza (Shifa, Nasr), Haiti, India, Lebanon and Nepal — now it’s time to energize Gaza!

Solar power is a long term solution to:

  • Expensive and polluting diesel for the current generators used to power hospitals.
  • Ongoing, regular power outages in the hospitals.
  • Providing health care services and life saving treatments in the hospital’s critical units.

The Energy Crisis

The current energy supply infrastructure in each hospital provides precarious, unpredictable and unreliable power to the most critically ill and vulnerable members of Palestinian society, particularly during periods of conflict, when there are drastic increases in Emergency Department, Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions. Securing a sustainable and reliable energy source to power these critical units is necessary in order to provide safe emergency and intensive medical care.

The Solar Energy Solution

Providing Gaza’s hospitals with a source of sustainable, reliable and renewable energy will decrease risks to the most vulnerable patients. Solar powered energy systems provides an eco-friendly, renewable and sustainable alternative, replacing expensive and unreliable emergency power provided by dirty and expensive diesel generators.

The long-term conversion to solar-powered energy will guarantee a working and self-supporting power supply to the hospital’s daily operation.

The Objective: Empower Gaza

  1. Empower Gaza to run the most critical units in hospitals 24 hours a day without the need for expensive diesel.
  2. Empower Gazans to have a renewable, reliable source of energy for intensive care units, operating rooms and emergency departments.

Empowering Gaza: One Major Obstacle is Funding

EmpowerGAZA is a joint initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Islamic Relief Canada to provide a renewable, reliable source of energy for intensive care units (ICUs), Operating Rooms and Emergency Departments.

We have planned as much as possible for the success of this project. The UNDP will be handling the logistics on the ground and we have all permits and permissions necessary to move forward.

The next important step for the project to succeed is raising the funds to complete the project.

Each hospital will cost USD$200,000 (with the exception of the larger European Hospital which will cost $600 000 USD), with solar panels to go up beginning January 2016.

This Indiegogo campaign aims to fund the first hospital, with stretch goals to fund the other three.

We have broken down the project by hospital, cost and current timeline:

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Help by Donating

Donate whatever amount you can. This is a ground-breaking project that will change the course of current health care in Gaza. Be a part of it!

Help by Sharing

Please share this link with family, friends and colleagues around the world.

Who Can I Contact?

For more information about this project, please get in touch with us:

You may also contact Dr. Tarek Loubani ([email protected]), Dr. Ben Thomson ([email protected]), Dr. Dalal Dahrouj ([email protected]) or Amy Miller ([email protected]) if you are interested in more details.

Can I Receive a Charitable Tax Receipt if I donate?

YES! We can offer Canadians charitable tax receipts, issued via Islamic Relief Canada. All tax receipts will be issued and mailed out in January 2016  after receipt of payment by Islamic Relief Canada, and a follow up email will be sent to ensure reception.

Let’s do this together!

A project of this scale and scope relies on the support of hundreds of people from around the world. Thank you for your interest and your support. The time is now. Solar panels for Gaza hospitals today!