BHN Association

Our mission is humanitarian assistance by promoting basic human needs of the people in developing countries and in disaster areas through our specialty of information and communication technology (ICT) e.g. assistance to medical facilities, emergency relief activities for disaster victims and training of young ICT leaders in developing countries.
Jul 23, 2014

New Installation of Solar Power in a High School

Class room at night
Class room at night

New Installation of Solar Power System in the Paung High School:

By the end of last May, BHN completed a solar power system in the High School of Paung Village.  School rooms are now lit with LED lamps and a large(50 inches) TV set with video player is used for visual studies.  Dormitories for teachers and toilets of the school are now also lit brightly.

After the construction works, the trainings for people to maintain the system for longer term were conducted in June.

The village of Paung is located about 50km from Hpa An, the capital of Karen(=Kayin) State, and many families of refugees are gradually returning to the villages around this area after the ceasefire between the central government and KNU(Karen National Union). 

The high school has 126 students coming from 17 neighboring villages.   Many of the high school students are staying overnight in the school to study until late hours to prepare for exams for higher education, however, the lack of funds prevented the use of a dynamo for enough hours for their night study. 

BHN is now preparing to build the same system in another high school in another village where many refugees are returning. 

Night view of the school
Night view of the school
Watching video program
Watching video program
Maintenance work
Maintenance work
Jun 9, 2014

Forum held for Community Broadcasting Stations

Participants from Kobe, Kyoto and other areas
Participants from Kobe, Kyoto and other areas

In Tohoku area, many of the community broadcasting stations were initially established for the purpose of disaster reduction and disseminating information for urgent daily necessity; e.g. distribution of foods & other urgent needs.

In the lapse of time, 3 years after the disaster, the radio programs are gradually shifting to supply information to enhance people's quality of life or to rebuild the communities lost by the disaster.

However, for such functions of community broadcasting to be sustainable, strong support by the community people is indispensable to gain financial aid from the municipality as most of the broadcasting stations have subsistence problems.

In April, further to improve the quality of the programs and serve better to local needs, broadcasting stations in Tohoku area jointly held a forum in Minami-soma Temporary Disaster Broadcasting Station, and over 30 operational staffs gathered to discuss & exchange their experiences.

Also, a little behind the schedule by technical reason, BHN Association plans to install uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems to the last remaining two stations in Tohoku area soon.

Participants discussing future plans
Participants discussing future plans
Jan 30, 2014

Current Activities & Plans for the Coming Months

Office with master control function
Office with master control function

In the city of Natori which suffered 1,000 human loss and 5,000 buildings destroyed by the Tsunami in 2011, BHN has been assisting the municipal government to move and install new radio broadcasting systems since about a year ago. BHN’s functions in the work were to design the system configuration, to assist the bidding procedure for contract and to supervise the construction works done by the contractors.

By December last year, the studio structure was completed and the broadcasting equipment was installed and it is now ready for practical operation which will commence very soon.

After the completion of all the contracted construction works, BHN plans to donate UPS (Un-interruptible Power Supply) systems for the studio and radio emitting station soon in the course of January - February.

From time to time, BHN is requested to resolve technical problems in other broadcasting stations in Tohoku area. Among other technical troubles the failure with the Amplifier Limiter is the major cause of claims from the audience.   To quickly fix such Limiter failures, BHN plans to equip a spare Limiter in the city of Natori which will be shared by other broadcasting stations in the Tohoku area, as the city is located in the center of the area.

Now on air
Now on air

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