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NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Dr. Mehirulla Muslim, the Nurgaram District subgovernor, addresses an audience of teachers, government officials and citizens during a ceremony to celebrate a completed solar panel electricity project Feb. 21 in Nangaresh. The system will provide 15 kilowatts of power and provide lights and electricity to both the boys and girls schools in the village. The project is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development and the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Simonsen, Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)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.NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team discuss project sustainability funding with school officials Feb. 21 in Nangaresh. The PRT and the United States Agency for International Development sponsored a 15 kilowatt solar panel project that will provide lights and electricity to the boys and girls schools in the village. The PRT works with district and provincial governments to improve security and infrastructure capacity. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Simonsen, Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Government and community leaders cut the ribbon on a solar panel electricity project in Nangaresh Feb. 21. The project, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development and the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team, will provide lights and electricity for the boys and girls schools in the village. The PRT works to build sustainable infrastructure projects to improve the lives of Afghan citizens after decades of war. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Richard Simonsen, Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

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