Micro Hydro Power Plant in Panjshir
These 3rd grade schoolgirls in Pywasht Girls School in Panjshir use electricity from UNDP’s micro hydro power plant to study at night. “The reason for my success is having light in our house,” says Husna, who is the top student in her class. “We also use the electricity at night to cook, wash dishes and watch TV.”
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