Life has improved with the addition of electricity in every home
8 FEBRUARY 2012 | PARWAN, AFGHANISTAN
Four to five hours a night was all the electricity that Sufyane Village in Parwan Province had ever experienced. Very few families were able to afford those few hours provided by a privately owned generator. USAID and the committed people of Afghanistan stepped in to make it possible for the entire village to have electricity.
A concerted effort is underway to provide electric power throughout Afghanistan. The electric company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, has built a large distribution line along the highway from Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to Charikar in the Kohdaman Valley, the capital of Parwan Province in northern Afghanistan. The line follows the road 69 km from Kabul. Unfortunately, many villages along the route did not receive electric services from the line. To deal with this, USAID is installing transformers to help connect 42 villages in Parwan Province to the main line. Sufyane Village is the first to be connected.
USAID worked with Afghan engineers for much of the project support. These engineers worked closely with local residents to determine their needs, identified the number of family members to be served, and worked with police and local leaders to correctly assess the demand based on the number of houses and buildings.
The result was a community that was delighted with the new ability to light up their homes. The entire village celebrated when the switch was thrown to turn on the electricity in Sufyane. One local villager said, “Family activities extend into the night due to the availability of interior lighting and village life is made more pleasant.” Another happily shared, “We are very glad that modernization is finally available to us as we did not have this before.” Children are now able to see to complete their school homework at night, women can work in the home to take care of their families, and the village is a safer place to live.
Upon completion, the project will provide electricity to residences, schools, government buildings, bazaars, and small factories in these 42 villages and, in Sufyane’s case, the milk processing plant.
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