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Project 6652: Change of the electrical supply of the Monastery
Cistercian Nuns of Parakou, Benin
The Étoile Notre-Dame Monastery was founded in 1960 by the Cistercian abbey of Notre-Dame des Gardes (France). In 1991, the community of the Étoile Notre-Dame founded the monastery of Mvanda (DRC), which is now taken over by sisters of the community of Vitorchiano (Italy).
By 2014, the community included forty-three nuns in solemn vows, two temporary professed nuns and three novices.
Activities: Manufacture of yoghurts, jams, syrups, fruit juices and aperitifs, honey, medicinal plants and beauty products, delicatessen, cards, candles, icons...
The association Electricians of the World was founded by two agents of Electricity in France who decided to use their experience and their know-how to contribute to the improvement of the living conditions of the disadvantaged local populations, in France and internationally.
The Parakou monastery is connected to the unreliable national electricity grid. In 2015, the EDM Team carried out an inventory and proposed solutions to rehabilitate and safeguard the monastery’s power supply.
In July 2018, the EDM association sent two people to Benin to carry out expert assessments following requests from several monastic communities, including Parakou. One of the two generators is to be replaced, it should be transported from France to the monastery.
Requested amount: 2,500 euros