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.
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.
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.
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