Saturday, February 12, 2011

The new generator has arrived!

The new generator being unloaded
Major is so happy!

Due to the generosity of many people especially, from Rotary Club of Sebastopol, Steve and Rosanne Prandini and friends, Larry Gail and Friends of Chidamoyo, a wonderful man in Ringwood, NJ and IDES we were able to purchase a new generator for the hospital. The last generator was brought 21 years ago and it was used then. For the past 2 years it has not been working well, eating up batteries (so we always had to have a car here to start it), not putting out more than 170 volts when we needed 220 and not allowing us to use it for X-rays, grinding mill and the air conditioner in theater. Through the generosity of so many donors we were able to purchase a new one and they delivered and set it up 6 days later! The generator arrived on Tuesday this week. It weighed about 3 tons and so they brought a lift on the truck to remove it with. Then we had 8 men to help roll it on poles and turn it to put it up on the stand that holds it! It took about 2 hours from start to finish moving it bit by bit. The company engineer hooked it up to our system and when we went to test it we actually had to turn ZESA off! We rarely have it and then when we try the generator it is there! We could take an X-ray and run the air conditioner and grinding mill at the same time—wow!
As soon as we finished testing it and turned back to ZESA, then ZESA went out 15 minutes later. I convinced Major we need to “make sure” the new generator continued to work and so we turned it back on for the 2 ½ hours that ZESA was out! I got to cook and eat with lights on—wow! Even my microwave work with it--yeah!
Thank you to so many people who helped us in so many ways. We know this will be a big help to us for years to come! This week so far ZESA has been better than most—go figure!
Thank you, thank you, thank you one and all!

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