PIH's Country Director for Rwanda, Peter Drobac, emailed the following update last night:
[Tuesday morning] Butaro Hospital and all of the surrounding communities were connected to the electricity grid for the first time--ever. The government completed a major hydroelectric project that was catalyzed by the hospital construction. Small business development is poised to explode in Butaro town, and nearby communities will be transformed now that they've been brought out of the (literal) darkness. It's a great example of the ripple effects that follow our investments in health infrastructure.