Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar

 
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Maintenance training at hospital
Maintenance training at hospital

The hospital in Syan Ywar Thit sub-township is located in the village not accessible during the rainy season. Waiting for the completion of the hospital construction work, BHN installed solar electric systems in Feb. 2015.

The road condition to the sub-township has been improved substantiaqlly since 2013 when we first visited there,however, there still remain many small rivers without bridges to reach the sub-township.  Tha hospital is composed of many buildings;main building,doctors' houses,employees' houses,etc. and all of these buildings and houses are now equipped with solar electricity.  BHN also installed LED lamps and a radio telephone set there.

Doctors of the hospital will move around for diagnosis to small villages without any telephone connection.  Hence, BHN installed special radio telephone sets in such 7 villages to get connected with the hospital and make consultation with doctors.

Succeeding to the hospital, BHN installed another solar electricity systems in the high school of Hpa Pya village located far in the south of Kayin(Karen) state.

night school
night school
Night school(outside)
Night school(outside)
maintenance training in school
maintenance training in school
Hospital under construction
Hospital under construction

By October. ~November  the rainy season is over in Myanmar and the visits to our expected construction sites became possible by land.  We made several visits to the hospital under construction in Shan Ywar Thit sub-township to make final designing for the solar power systems and to fix the budget.  

The complex of the hospital buildings are confirmed to be completed soon by the end of January and our works for the solar power system will start in the middle of February.

Also, in the southern part of Kayin State, there are still many schools without electricity and we have conducted researches and visits to schools for consideration in our next work.   

However, the recent clashes between the government forces and minority ethnic forces making our visits to the locations very difficult as most of our target points are located in the delicate areas.

 

Classroom of the school under consideration
Classroom of the school under consideration
Grade 11 classroom
Grade 11 classroom
Installation of solar system (1)solar panel
Installation of solar system (1)solar panel

The village of Kya Kyat Chaung is located about 120km to south-east from Hpa An, the state capital of  Kayin(Karen).   Kya Kyat Chaung High School has nearly 100 students and many of them are the sons & daughters of returnees (Internally Displaced People and Refugees lived in the camps in Thailand).    For many of the students their houses are located far from the school and they stay overnights at temples near by the school.

Many of the high school students are studying until late at night to prepare for the exams for higher education, however, before the solar powered electricity comes, they had to study mostly under candle light.

Against such plight Kya Kyat Chaung High School is known as one of the best schools in the Kayin state.

The rainy season is soon to end, BHN plans to start another construction work of solar powered systems into the hospital located in the sub-township of Shan Ywar Thit , although the recent conflicts in the Kayin state may deter our activities.

Installation of solar system(29battery
Installation of solar system(29battery
Maintenance training
Maintenance training
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

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Project Leader

Hirofumi Aizawa

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Taito-ku, Tokyo Japan

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Map of Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar