Interstate Batteries Lights Up Lives in Haiti
For one underprivileged orphanage in Haiti, there really is a light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to the help of some pretty Outrageously Dependable® folks in the Interstate Batteries system.
Fayeton Orphanage in northwest Haiti was blessed with a solar power system in November 2013, bringing light into the dark campus for the first time.
“It was really exciting to see the kids screaming because it was the first time they had a light,” said Ken Poirier, Owner of Poirier Service Center, a repair shop in Boca Raton.
Ken, an Interstate Dealer and long-time member of Spanish River Church, spent eight days installing the system and wiring the buildings with his good friend and partner in ministry, Craig Kindell.
Together, they recently finished an upgrade to the system for outdoor security lighting as well as wiring for lights and fans in the chapel, school and clinic.
“As you can imagine, the installation of the solar power system has had a huge impact on the lives of the orphan children living there,” Craig said. “You can get a sense of this impact by viewing the children’s reaction [during] the lighting ceremony at the girls’ dormitory.”
Watch the lighting ceremony here:
The campus in northwest Haiti has flooded numerous times due to harsh tropical storms that have hit the island, leaving the campus with no reliable power source to house, school and provide medical care to about 200 children.
Ken and Interstate contributed eight batteries for the first installation, and for the upgrade, they added 16 golf car batteries, which are specifically designed to handle deep-cycle applications. Jeremy Cannon, General Manager of Interstate Batteries of Coastal Florida, said Interstate also gave them a discount to help out.
“Interstate is the only battery I sell,” Ken said. “I’ve been around the block and I have the least amount of problems.
There’s no reason to look anywhere else for batteries.”