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Solar energy in children’s eco-village

Four Happy Homes for orphans got solar water heaters thanks to awards in “We are city” 2018
Author: Albert Pavlov, translated by Tetiana Voitovych, deti.zp.ua Published: May 28, 2019, 15:50 1165

In summer of 2018, the Happy Child Foundation became a winner in the competition “We are city” held by the local steel mill Zaporizhstal. We were awarded UAH 100,000 ($3850 USD) for four thermosiphon solar water heaters for Happy Home number 1 in village Kalynivka, Chernihivskyi Raion, and in home numbers 3, 4, and 5 in Ukrainka and Lyubimivka in Mykhailivskyi Raion.

The mounting hardware and installation were purchased by the friends of the project (with special thanks to Ramina from Lviv). In May 2019, solar collectors began working at full capacity, providing large foster families with hot water.

The fact of hot water flowing from the tap without electricity is quite impressive. Now a family can use 200-300 liters of hot water per day instead of 100 liters provided by electric boiler.

Additional electrical heating is required only on very cloudy days because water heats even through overcast skies. The only drawback is that the system must be drained when cold weather comes, but we hope to master this process and execute it without calling specialists.

If we could improve such systems and make them cheaper and year-round, it would be possible to provide residents of private and multi-storey buildings with extremely cheap hot water for at least six months. Besides the reasons of economy, this is also a significant decrease in dependence on gas supplies and coal for power plants and in such way we contribute to the fight against global warming.

We thank all donors and friends of the project and continue to develop green technologies in the children's village. We have plans for solar panels, heat pumps, greenhouses, mass tree planting in the vicinity, and a new waste disposal system.

If you can help us as a volunteer or consultant or provide financial support, please, contact us at happy_home@deti.zp.ua or +38 066 513 34 35 (viber).


Happy Child foundation - effective help to the most needy children of the Zaporozhye region, Ukraine, since 2004

More than 16 years of trust of donors and benefactors, thousands of aid transaction processed every year. Full transparency in the usage of donation

They need help:


Margarita Shkurenkova, born 2008 - mucoviscidosis (cystic fibrosis)


Semenihin Artyom, 7 years old, 19.11.2007 and Semenihin Dmitriy 27.03.2000 - Cystic Fibrosis, severe condition


Danil Sirota, born in 2003 - sarcoma of a left thigh


Artem Mashtaler, 13 years old - bladder trauma


Artem Galushka, born in 2014 - Brain cancer (medulloblastoma)


You donated $174 571 in 2020

Our expenses in 2020

120 sick children: $92 549 
Medical equipment: $6 836
To disabled orphans: $20 169
To eco-village for orphans: $11 018
To orphans and poor families: $4 018
To adults ("Helpus" charity): $8 234
Administration and fundraising: $18 049
Total sum of expenses: $166 812 

$4 742 485 donated since 2007


The Story of Someone’s Destiny: Julia A.


A Child Needs a Family: Polina O., born in 2002


A Child Needs a Family: Maxim P., born in 2004