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Project completed: the hydroelectric power plant supplies electricity to the Qamchi village, Kunar Province

As part of the small scale projects of the Czech Development Cooperation, a 7 kW hydroelectric power plant was built in just 42 days, a sustainable source of electricity for the remote village of Qamchi, Watapur District, Kunar Province in Eastern Afghanistan.

Thanks to the hydropower plant, 200 households (1,400 residents in total) now have access to a reliable source of electricity for lighting and the use of household appliances. Prior to the construction of the hydroelectric plant, villagers relied solely on precarious electricity supplies from fuel generators, and on kerosene lamps, which made it extremely difficult for them to do housework in the evening and children could not prepare for school. In addition to households, electricity is also distributed to local public buildings: the health center and the girls' school.

Public figures took part in the ceremonial commissioning on 20 July 2020. Sher Rahaman, leader of the Muslim community, emphasized the importance of the hydroelectric power plant for children's education and the development of the region. The chairman of the district council, Muhammad Gulab, thanked the Czech Republic for financial support for the construction of the hydroelectric power plant and reminded of the nearby bridge over the river Kunar, which has been in a state of disrepair for a long time, the repair of which would make people's daily lives significantly easier.

The implementation of the hydropower project was ensured, in cooperation with local contractors, the local government, and in accordance with the standards of the Afghan Ministry of Energy, by the non-profit organization AHOWC (Active Help Organization for Women and Children). The construction (video) included: excavation of a 200 m water canal, construction of a turbine hall, installation of a 7 kW dynamo, supply of utility poles, circuit breakers, electrical cables and the electrical wiring to households and public buildings.

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