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I love reading historical fiction about the Second World War. The reason behind this is that it teaches me a lot about compassion and humanity. When people rose to help each other during one of the lowest points in history, sometimes, even at the cost of risking their own lives, it gives me hope that love and kindness will always have the last word in a war against hatred and intolerance. Our world is currently going through a rough phase, but even in the midst of such dark times, perhaps one of the worst affected country is Syria.
I know that the news of constant devastation of a country and the helplessness and anger that I feel towards the situation is not restricted to me alone. And so, when I heard of a wonderful news from this war torn nation, I knew I had to share it with all of you.
Syria has been going through a civil war for the last six years. Consequently, most of its hospital buildings are destroyed or their electric infrastructure broken down. Hence, some of the life saving medical services are dependent on diesel power, which in turn makes them susceptible to be impacted by price hikes and fuel shortages.
However, around two months ago, Syria opened its first solar power hospital which will help in saving more lives by providing a more reliable power supply. The installation of 480 solar panels in the hospital ensures that it can run up to 24 hours with the renewable power.
The importance of this project can be understood from the fact that in the past many Syrian patients even lost their lives due to simple power outages.
The new power system has been fully functional since early June after around 10 weeks of testing and installation. With an expectation to save around 7,000 liters of diesel every month, this might slash the hospital’s monthly energy bills by around 20-30%.
“Incubators, respirators and other life-saving equipment need stable access to power,” said Dr Anas Al Kassem, chairman of Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), who set up the Syria Solar project. “Many patients have died from simple power outages. The solar project was desperately needed. I am overjoyed that the project is running at full capacity and saving lives.”
(Image Source: UOSSM, Tarek Makdissi, project director UOSSM Syria Solar)
The UOSSM says that due to the project’s initial success, another five hospitals might be installed with these solar panels in the near future.
The following video talks about the Syria Solar Project:
In a world dominated by negativity and hatred, We Are the World Blogfest is a small step towards promoting positivity and humanity. It focuses on stories and true events that highlight compassion, love, and the undying spirit of human resilience. This is my first entry to the blogfest which is on its fifth month now. Some amazing bloggers are a part of this initiative, spreading the message of love, hope and humanity. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month. I thank Simon Falk, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Inderpreet Uppal, Damyanti Biswas and Sylvia Steins for co-hosting the blogfest this month.