“Our home provides care and protection to abused, vulnerable, neglected and orphaned children from all sectors of the community. Their ages range from new-borns to 18 years. CHANCE relies on donations to cover some of the operating expenses. However, since the COVID-19 crisis, donations dramatically reduced, creating significant financial challenges for us. The stubbornly high electricity bills added to our challenges. We were in desperate need of a solution and the relief brought about by the new solar system will enable us to better utilise our minimal financial resources,” explained Prazen Muchuka, Manager of the CHANCE Children’s Home.
A local non-profit organisation, Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWB-SA), were the official implementation partner for the project.
“We are pleased with the successful construction and commissioning of the Solar PV system. We actually started producing sustainable energy for the home ahead of schedule. We really hope that this renewable energy system can be embraced at a country level since many communities continue to face electricity challenges,” said Irshaad Vawda, director of EWB-SA.
As a global leader in the transportation sector, Alstom has various commitments to develop smarter and greener mobility solutions and lead societies to a low carbon future. These commitments go beyond the products portfolio and extend to the Sustainability and CSR actions to better the lives of communities where Alstom operates.
“The Solar PV project has benefitted a very deserving home. We know that CHANCE will take great care of the installations and together with our partners, we remain available for any technical expertise and support required to ensure that CHANCE enjoys the benefits of solar energy for many years to come,” said Logan Naicker, Alstom Ubunye CEO. The Alstom Ubunye team is a regular contributor to the home having installed a computer room and a study area for the children among others.
Concluding the commissioning event, Alstom Southern Africa HR Director, Saravanan Muthupillai said, “The Alstom Foundation is a concrete expression of Alstom’s corporate citizenship commitments and a means of contributing sustainably to communities in need and helps them to raise their living standards.”