From sav­ing souls to sav­ing lives: The amaz­ing story of Falco’s Chil­dren Vil­lage

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Nor­man Har­ri­son

AMER­I­CAN FORK - Pro­gres­sive Power So­lu­tions re­cently re­turned from in­stalling 70 so­lar pan­els for an or­phan­age in Tan­za­nia and wants to in­crease aware­ness of how so­lar power can pro­vide safety and se­cu­rity all across the globe.

Be­fore Jerry & Tammy Bac­cus could even get com­pletely un­packed for their Tanzanian ad­ven­ture of start­ing a Bi­ble School, their fates were changed. On day two, they awoke to find a baby and a small tod­dler left on their front porch by an anony­mous and des­per­ate mother. They aban­doned their plans of build­ing a school and be­gan build­ing a home— which quickly turned into a small vil­lage—for or­phaned chil­dren, now called Falco's Chil­dren Vil­lage.

Jerry said of that ex­pe­ri­ence, “We knew th­ese chil­dren de­served bet­ter. We wanted to give them a home of their own, cloth­ing, healthy food, and clean drink­ing wa­ter.”

They quickly re­al­ized how ex­pen­sive this en­deavor would be. Fuel had to be pur­chased for $800/month, col­lected miles away, and car­ried in 5-gal­lon buck­ets to the fa­cil­ity. Willy Blocker of Lehi, UT was ac­tive in as­sist­ing Falco’s Chil­dren Vil­lage. He reached out to Pro­gres­sive Power So­lu­tions with a ques­tion, “What could so­lar do for an or­phan vil­lage in Tan­za­nia?”

Within a few months, that ques­tion was an­swered. Falco’s Chil­dren Vil­lage was an in­de­pen­dent mi­cro­grid. 70 so­lar pan­els now pro­vide 24/7 elec­tric­ity (not even the 5-star ho­tels of­fer that), a pro­tec­tive fence, and 25,000 liters of pumped fresh wa­ter that serves the lo­cal town as well as the Chil­dren’s Vil­lage.

Re­turn­ing from their sec­ond an­nual trip in July, Pro­gres­sive Power So­lu­tions co-owner Ce­cil Har­ri­son said, “The ex­pe­ri­ence at the Falco's Chil­dren vil­lage was life chang­ing. It brings into fo­cus how blessed we are new mean­ing to the scrip­ture, ‘If you have done it unto one of the least of th­ese.’”

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