PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghouse Loynab, human terrain analyst with Human Terrain Team, TF Red Bulls, takes notes as he talks to a villager about governance and development issues Feb. (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with ANA soldiers (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims (right), from Duncan, Okla., a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, assists an Afghan with registering at the bidder’s (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, TF Red Bulls, shows Rohubza Dousti, a trainer and supervisor at the United Nations Habitat and a Panjshir youth group (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni PRT members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Hazrat Ali Gull, a fruit producer, explains improvements he already made to a proposed orchard training farm site he owns to U.S. Army Master Sgt. (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of Kiowa helicopters provide overhead security for U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Soldiers from (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Masood, Paktya Agricultural Department advisor, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team commander from Lawton, Okla., examine spices during a mission to (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, examines a female Afghan patient with Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad (click for more)
NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Government and community leaders from Nurgaram District cut the ribbon on a completed solar panel project in Nangaresh Feb. 21 that will provide lights and electricity to the boys and girls schools in the village.
“The community put a lot of hard work into this project, and we hope to repeat it at other schools in the district,” said Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor in an address to nearly 100 teachers, community leaders, and citizens. “Children need an education that will help them grow into good people, not where they become thieves and criminals, not where they take up a gun and commit violence.”
The project was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development from the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team at nearby Forward Operating Base Kalagush in western Nuristan Province.
U.S. Army Capt. Garrett Gingrich from Waterloo, Iowa, commander of Company C, 133rd Infantry Regiment, represented the FOB at the ceremony and told the audience it was a wonderful day to celebrate the progress and hard work of local citizens that turned the dream of electricity at the school into reality.
“We are honored to support our neighbors and the district government leaders who support you,” said Gingrich. “The solar panels here will let your children study longer, and as long as (community leaders) stand up against the criminals and violence, we can see other further progress.”
When considering construction projects, USAID and the Nuristan PRT account for sustainability, and this project is no exception. Following the ceremony, the PRT ensured steps were in place to keep the system running well into the future.
Maintenance of the system is the responsibility of the district line director for education. When school officials expressed concerns that they do not yet have the tools needed to maintain the system and that those tools are not available at the local markets, the PRT offered a solution.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Robert Perales of Richmond, Ind., a civil affairs officer from the Nuristan PRT, explained the process of how to get funding from the district and provincial governments to train school employees on system maintenance and to get the needed tools and parts required to keep the system fully functioning after the warranty period expires.
“We explained to them the forms they needed to fill out to get the money for project sustainment,” said Perales. “(Provincial Gov. Jamaluddin) Badr is coming up here to implement this system.”
The project put an energy-efficient, compact fluorescent light fixture and an electrical outlet into classrooms. The entire system provides 15 kilowatts of power, enough for both the boys and girls schools and for a future community education center slated to be built on the site in the future.
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