Many of you have heard the story of Ruby and her sisters. These girls have made it through incredibly tough times and are thriving. We are so proud of them. We now have the privilege of having Grisel, the second to youngest sister, staying with us at GiveHope2Kids. We are excited to see Grisel as she grows into a young woman. She is doing well with her studies and is surrounded by people who love her and want to see her thrive.
This past Saturday, we celebrated her 15th birthday, which is a huge affair here in Honduras. Rain threatened to interrupt the festivities, but it turned out to be a great party with more than 50 people attending.
To learn more about this Latin American tradition of quinceaneras, click here.
After a few setbacks, our solar project up and running! Currently, one of our components needs to be replaced, and we're waiting on that part from Outback Power. But even with just half of the system functioning, we are able to provide a substantial amount of power. When the full system is working, we'll need almost no power from the grid. This is awesome for us. When we turned the system on, we literally became 5-6% more self-sustaining.
Now the money that we save on electricity will go right back into helping more kids. We’ll also put some of our savings into getting our trade school off the ground. Over the course of the next couple of years, we'll be using these savings to buy more efficient refrigerators and change all of our lights to LED lights. These small changes will make our solar capacity go even further. Long term, our system should cover not only our current electricity needs, but also our future growth. We are extremely excited with this project.