History of Clean Water for Life Project

In 2003, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur initiated a photovoltaic program in Africa. Without electricity, clean water, and any other viable means for communication, life can be not only difficult but at times impossible. Our research led experts in the field of harnessing solar energy.

Harnessing the power of the sun with solar energy panels and storing the energy in batteries has proven to be an effective means for producing electricity and providing a permanent educational and health care environment in which our Sisters can live and minister. The photovoltaic systems provide a continuous, sustainable, and reliable supply of utility-grade electrical power and are standalone systems, using diesel generators as auxiliary support.

All the related infrastructures, such as water pumping/purification, refrigeration, communication and lighting, rely on electricity generated by the photovoltaic system. The water systems typically supply bulk quantities of water, typically in excess of 6,000 liters (1,585 gallons) per day and support a core population that typically consists of Sisters, students, patients, and staff at schools and medical facilities. The villages may also have populations of several thousands people that need clean water to survive.

Clean Water is the Key to Life

March 6, 2019

During the 2020 Lenten season, we’ll share the work of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur from around the world. 

Clean Water Projects in Lemfu and Kinsaku

March 13, 2019

In the African countries where our Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur live and work, clean water is an ongoing challenge. Sister Henriette lives and works in Lemfu and Sister Patience is based in Kinsaku.

World Water Day

March 19, 2019

March 22 is World Water Day. Learn more about the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur’s Clean Water for Life Program and how it provides clean, safe water to vulnerable people throughout the world.

Clean Water Progress in Nigeria

March 26, 2019

Recently, the struggle for clean water has improved in rural Nigerian villages, but having enough water continues to be a frustration and concern for the Sisters, schools, medical facilities and local communities.

Clean Water Progress in Pelende, Congo

April 3, 2019

This week we look at the clean water facilities in Pelende where our Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur live and work.


Clean Water Progress in Itenge and Kitenda, Congo

April 10, 2019

Our Sisters in Itenge and Kitenda work to develop reliable clean water sources and photovoltaic (solar energy) systems in their communities in Congo.


Photovoltaic Project Sustainability Plan

April 17, 2019

In our final 2019 Lenten Snapshot we focus on the self-sufficiency of photovoltaic systems.