The Hai Vocational Training Center (HVTC) is located in the Kilimanjaro region, in the far northeast of Tanzania. This vocational and craft school trains around 230 men and women in seven crafts up to the level of the German journeyman’s examination. The school draws its water from a depth of 100 metres. For this purpose, the school has so far used a conventional pump, the energy costs of which are a burden on the school’s limited budget.
By installing a solar-powered pump, the school can solve several challenges. Firstly, the pump reduces electricity costs and minimises its carbon emissions. As well, HVTC trains photovoltaic technicians who are able to put their new knowledge into practical use and for potential employment.
The Hai Vocational Training Center belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania. The Tanzanian deanery has been cooperating closely with the German deanery in Rothenburg ob der Tauber for more than 30 years. This continuity also characterizes the school. Since 1994 young men and women have been trained as tailors, electricians, carpenters, bricklayers and locksmiths.
The pump, its solar panels and accessories are supplied by a company specialised in energy solutions, whose technicians also installed the system. During hours of sunshine, the solar pump fills the school’s tank and thus enables water supply through the night. The electricians of the crafts school regularly monitor the system and clean its panels. In this way, the school’s 230 vocational students and its entire facility have long-term access to water.