Our construction team from Kerry and Kilkenny successfully completed its fourth volunteer visit to Albania from May 12th to 19th.
The team installed a solar panel water heating system for the 26 children of the state owned Infant’s Home in Durres, western Albania. Many of the children are orphaned or were given over by their families in the care of the state. This home also caters for another 20 children who come daily to the centre. The home needs a reliable and economical supply of hot water.
The installation of a TiSun solar water heating system assures this free hot water to the Home for as long as the sun shines, which is over 300 days a year in Durres. This will reduce their electricity bills dramatically. Therefore the system more than pays for its costs within a few years and continues to supply hot water for years to come.
TiSun, the German manufacturer of the solar technology, generously donated the equipment in support of our work.
We are very grateful to RVR of Kenmare, Co. Kerry and other Kerry suppliers for the wonderful support they have given this mission. They have donated materials and supplied others at cost to the team. TiSun, the German manufacturer of the solar equipment has donated the main materials. Without all this support the mission would not be possible.
The people of Kerry and Kilkenny rallied around wonderfully to support this mission, and the team collected over €5,000 towards the cost of the mission.
The Irish team were: John Kehoe, Ger Treacy, Dan Aylward, Padraic Kerins, Donie Broderick, Aidan Kennedy and Sean Daly. They were supported by a local team of 5 tradesmen to install the systems. These local tradesmen will help the home to maintain the sytem.
John and his workmates also checked the systems installed in Vlora in 2011 and in Tirana in 2009. Vlora had suffered a burn out due to a power overload, this was repaired and breakers to prevent further overloads were installed.
Photo shows the team with Ms Heroina, the director of the Durres Infants Home with the team, following installation of the solar water cylinder.
L to R: Dan Aylward, Isuf Dalliu, Donie Broderick, Adrain Baho, John Kehoe, Heroina, Aidan Kennedy, Ger Treacy, Padraic Kerins, Sean Daly, Isa Sulaj, Bujar Quku.