| Sep 20, 2016
Electrification in the KNU areas
Moving by boat(1)
(The author regrets the consecutive national holidays in Japan caused delay to issue the activity report.)
Soon after the independence of Burma in 1948, the people of "Karen" was one of the 1st ethnical groups that revolted against the central Burmese government to achieve independence (then after, broader authonomy) in their areas. More than 60 years of appalling civil battle continued and, at last, by the end of last year KNU(=Karen National Union) signed the ceasefire agreement with the Myanmar government along with the other 7 ethnical armed groups(=EAGs).
To encourage further steps toward permanent peace and wishing the people in the KNU areas feel the value of peace, BHN started a project to install solar electric systems into 1,370 households in the areeas of the state of Kayin(=Karen).
Infrastructures of all kinds are definitely lacking in the EAG areas and Myanmar is now in the middle of rainy season, the access to the villages are possible only by boat and on food, hence, our engineers were making research visits to remote villages, one by one, on foot staying overnights in the houses of villagers.
Actual installation works are expecdted to start from the end of October(depending on the weather circumstances) and the procurement of materials and the preparation of standard work arrangements are now under way.
Moving by boat(2)
Explanation to villagers
Explanation to villagers(2)
A house burnt in the battle