Justice and Mercy Energy Services (JustEnergy) combats poverty and injustice by focusing on energy access. JustEnergy partners with other organizations that are already building the common good in their communities such as children's homes, schools, and medical clinics - and helps them choose, design, and install energy systems that empower their work.
Our purpose is to support existing nonprofit organizations and other groups seeking the public good by designing, installing, and maintaining their energy systems.
We envision dozens of medical clinics, orphanages, schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations lit with renewable sources of electricity and empowered to better accomplish their missions. We also imagine an indigenous support staff that maintains and repairs these energy systems, receives a fair wage for their services, and flourishes as human beings.
Our understanding of poverty is that its source is from our broken world: broken relationships with the environment, with each other, with our creator, and even with ourselves. We hold the biblical perspective that people are made in the image of God and are therefore worthy of love, respect, and dignity. When the conditions of poverty violate that inherent dignity, that is, when the dignity due to any person is withheld, an injustice has occurred. Books such as Walking with the Poor, Principles and Practices of Transformational Development by Bryant Myers have been very influential in our understanding of poverty and ourselves.
Energy poverty is lack of access to modern energy services such as electricity. This hindrance to human flourishing is significant in the lives of many. According to the Energy Poverty Action initiative of the World Economic Forum, "Access to energy is fundamental to improving quality of life and is a key imperative for economic development. In the developing world, energy poverty is still rife. Nearly 1.1 billion people still have no access to electricity..."
The founders of JustEnergy met at Baylor University where they were supported by the BU Missions department and worked closely with student organization Engineers with a Mission for many years. We are grateful for our experiences and are excited about expanding into the future.
Justice and Mercy Energy Services (DBA JustEnergy) is a 501(c)3 non-profit registered in the state of Texas.
"Boss Gwo" Pierre has a gifted technical mind and helps us with numerous electrical systems. When he's not working with us he works for various hospitals doing everything from repairing x-ray machines to diesel generators.
Aimie works for the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative where she is a licensed Professional Engineer. She is an expert in power systems including generation and communication systems.
Mackendy has a degree in translation and is fluent in four languages. He coordinates our workers, handles logistics and materials procurement. He's at the center of everything we do in Haiti.
Kayla has a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a concentration in humanitarian engineering and is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental science. She works on project documentation, computer simulations, and system sizing.
Natalie has an undergraduate degree in math and is pursuing a dual Master's program: Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work. She is a gifted people person and plays a key role in contractual and interpersonal issues.
Pastor Benjamin is a bi-vocational pastor. When he's not preaching he's our professional welder. He is a master of all things mechanical and mentors younger workers while leading the team in construction projects.
Mima has a heart of gold and helps with both installations and maintenance.
Brian is a member of the engineering faculty at Baylor University. He has been doing off-grid electricity projects abroad for fifteen years with hydro, wind, and solar power. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.
Allan maintains three of our solar energy sites, keeping cables tight and clean and checking battery health.
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