Solar Heating for Benedictine Sisters in Ukraine
The Sisters are hoping that a solar heating plant will help and provide hot water at a reasonable cost. But it is an investment they cannot afford. So they have turned to our donors for help.
The winters can be
bitter in Ukraine. At the same time, energy prices are rising constantly and
gas and heating oil are becoming ever more difficult to afford. This is hitting
religious communities particularly hard, since they already live in poverty.
Sister Clara of the
Benedictine community in Zhytomyr has written to tell us, “We are trying to get
by as best we can, but it is now becoming ever more clear that we will not
manage without the help of our benefactors.”
Already last winter
the Sisters cancelled their gas supply because they could no longer afford it
in view of the rising prices. Instead, they tried to heat their convent with
firewood. They still have to buy this also, but at least it is only around half
the cost of the gas. But it is not working very well, since in winter all the
heat is taken up by the central heating system so that there is scarcely any
available to provide hot water. As a result, for the most part the Sisters have
only cold water. If they do want to have hot water, it takes a long time and
wastes a lot of water before the hot water eventually comes out of the water
Now they are hoping
that a solar heating plant would help and provide hot water at a reasonable
cost. Such a system would first have to be purchased and installed, and for the
Sisters this is an investment they cannot afford.
The Sisters have
turned to ACN for help. We are planning to help them with $14,800 so that they
need not freeze in winter or do without hot water either.
Will you help proving
heating for these Benedictine Sisters in Ukraine?
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