Micro Hydro Power Plant in Panjshir
Jamshid, 14, is a patient in Pyawasht hospital. He is happy because the electricity lights up his room. He says, “We have electricity at home and I see that there is even electricity in the hospital. Now our village doesn’t seem to be far behind other developed parts of Afghanistan. Seeing this light makes me really hopeful.”
Before 2015, Pywasht village in Panjshir had no electricity. Doctors stumbled over mountain roads to reach their patients, kids couldn’t study after sundown, and women gave birth in the dark. UNDP built a micro hydro power plant that converted the power of the local river into electricity to light homes, schools and clinics.
Photo: © Sayed Omer Sadaat / UNDP Afghanistan / 2016