Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar

by BHN Association
Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar
Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar
Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar
Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar
Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar
Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar
Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar
Solar Power to Villages in Karen State, Myanmar
Installation of Antenna(1)
Installation of Antenna(1)

MYanmar is blessed with natural energy resources like gas, oil and water, yet only 30%of its people has the benefit of electricity supply.  Especially, in the areas of battle fields of armed crashes that lasted over 60 years, almost all kinds of infrastructures are definitely insufficient.

BHN has been supplying solar gnerated electricity for many public facilities in Kayin (Karen) state and, where requested and radio wave is available,also installed radio telephone sets powered by the solar systems.

In the 7 small and remotely located villages that have no access to doctors(nor access to the national grid services) located in the traveling area of Shan Ywar Thit Hospital, BHN installed special radio telephone sets.  Radio telephone wave was very feeble in those villages and we built large antennas on tall polls , thus enabling villagers to contact with the hospital at any time whenever help from the doctors were necessary.

However, many of the villagers have still no or minimal access to currency economy and it is difficult for many of them to pay the phone charges sustainably.  In such moment, XMobile co., a virtual mobile service provider, offered us to donate some part of its sales to help those people in need of access to telephone services.

With the funds donated from XMobile BHN purchased pre-paid telephone cards and presented them to each of the fillages and schools where BHN installed telephone systems.

Installation of Antenna(2)
Installation of Antenna(2)
Telephone Card Donation to hospital
Telephone Card Donation to hospital
Donation of Telephone cards to villager
Donation of Telephone cards to villager
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Hpa Pun hospital
Hpa Pun hospital

Recently we have completed solar power system installation works in the District Hopital of Hpa Pun, the high school of Naung Ta Pwe and the high school of An Kaun.

The hospital of Hpa Pun is a big district hospital with 100 beds and was equiped with a small gasoline generator, however, the running cost for the generator is high and the power was not enought for all the facilities and it was seldom used.

In An Kaun high school, the school space  was too little to place batteries and often suffering from floods.    So, the parents of the students voluntarily worked to build a hut with a high floor to protect battery systems.

During this rainy season Myanmar suffered from a gigantic floods that caused big damages in many districts and our next work will be able to start from next November, which is also after the genral election of the country.

Solar panels in Hpa Pun hospital
Solar panels in Hpa Pun hospital
Explanation to PTA
Explanation to PTA
At night school
At night school
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As the rainy season is starting in Myanmar we are accelerating our solar power installation works.   The construction of roads and bridges are going on at surprising speed in the Karen State, there still are many rivers without bridges and ,when the river is wide and deep, we have to use boat to carry equipment & materials.

After the completion of the solar systems ,their ownerships are transfered to the owner of the premises(school or hospital).    As the maintenance work is quite important for the longer life of the systems, as well as to save the cost for maintenance.    Hence ,we are conducting maintenance training, choosing people to take responsibility for the maintenance works.

Currently we are working to install solar power systems to the District Hospital with 100 beds in the township of Hpa Pun, which is expected to be finished by the middle of July.

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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
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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
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