Heartline Ministries: Women’s Education Center Update

Posted by: on March 31, 2017

Recently, we received an update from one of our most recent grant recipients, Heartline Ministries. We hope you all enjoying reading this update because none of this would have been possible without you!

WEC solar panels WEC solar panels (2)

Heartline Ministries is very grateful for the Legacy Collective’s partnership with the Women’s Education Center (WEC) Long-Term Improvement and Sustainability Initiative! With your generous support, we are building the capacity of the WEC through critical building upgrades and equipment that will better position the WEC for longterm growth and sustainability. Together, we are empowering hundreds of current and future students to rise out of poverty and provide a more economically secure and hopeful future for their families.

Thanks to the Legacy Collective community, the WEC now has five solar panels installed on the roof as well as power storage batteries and a 24 volt inverter/charger to convert solar energy to usable alternating electricity to power the school. There is a notable reduction in the amount of diesel required to run the back-up generator during school hours as a result of this sustainable installation.

WEC Shipping ContainerWEC Inverter_Charger

Additional solar panels are needed at the WEC and will be installed later this year through Legacy Collective funding. Heartline has a potential opportunity with a group that will subsidize the installation of solar panels for other buildings on the Heartline property besides the WEC. Therefore, the additional WEC solar panels will be installed in conjunction with this larger solar project on the Heartline property during the coming summer.

Legacy Collective funds have also been used to purchase three shipping containers for the WEC to provide much needed secure, dry, and clean storage space for equipment such as sewing machines, materials, and food when not in use. In addition to protecting goods from insects and small animals, these storage containers have freed up a significant amount of classroom space in the main WEC building.

Finally, two new video projectors were purchased with Legacy Collective funds for the English and computer classes. WEC teachers are thrilled to use this technology during their lessons, as students who are primarily visual learners are noticeably more engaged with the content. The projector is especially instrumental in the English literacy class. Heartline staff are currently pricing and sourcing 10 desktop computers for use in the computer skills class, as well as a 21 kilowatt generator for the WEC. These will be the next purchases from Legacy Collective funds.

We are very thankful for the Legacy Collective’s partnership in this important project.

 

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