Greenfish has its roots in being a Positive Impact Company: implementing a positive impact mindset outlines our priority to engage in CSR initiatives. As a consulting firm committed to sustainable development, we intend to be a leading example for our clients and we will continue to put our philosophy into practice in our day-to-day activities.

Our collaboration with Engineers Without Borders

 

We have chosen to focus our solidarity commitment towards the promotion of sustainable engineering for the environmental protection but also for the improvement of living and working conditions. In the context of our collaboration with Engineers without Borders (EWB) in Belgium, we are currently supporting, amongst others, a project for the electrification of a hospital in Pawa, a bush village located in the North-East of Congo. It is important to note that all projects from EWB are initiated by the local community itself which, at the end of the intervention of the engineers and following various trainings, can maintain the proper functioning of the facilities.

An Engineers Without Borders’ project is structured in 4 various stages:

  • the identification phase
  • the analysis phase
  • the fundraising phase
  • and finally, the installation phase

What was the mission about?

Most companies support humanitarian projects only financially. However, to have an even bigger sustainable impact, we go one step further and offer our expertise on the field. One of our Greenfish consultant travelled to Pawa for two weeks to conduct the first phase: identify and collect all the elements which shall enable to study the feasibility of the project from Belgium. He was accompanied by another engineer (from EWB) who was conducting the identification phase for water supply in the same hospital.

The main tasks of our consultant were to review all the electrical installations that had to be powered (existing facilities and expected facilities), identify the distribution networks, their condition and safety, and to consider all the options for installing solar panels. As you can imagine, the conditions weren’t optimal. Since the building of the hospital dates from 1924, its equipment is old or even obsolete. Even if the hospital is already using photovoltaic panels, the appliances are too ancient to provide the necessary energy for quality health care.

Our consultant is now back in Belgium and is currently writing the report of his mission. The analysis phase will start in March and we will of course keep you posted about the evolution of the project. In the meantime, do not hesitate to participate to the event we are organizing on the 27th of February at L’Arrière-Scène in Brussels to support of another EWB’s project regarding water supply in Boko, RDC. For more information or to subscribe to the event, please contact Géraldine Wirtz at gwirtz@greenfish.eu