Sang-e-Nawishta, Nov 2015 – Sang-e-Nawishta is only a short drive from the centre of Kabul, but until a few months ago the villagers who live here had no running water or electricity.
They had to drink from a polluted canal at the foot of the village. Their children couldn’t study after dark. People got sick. Children fell behind at school.
Now, thanks to UNDP and the Global Environment Fund’s Small Grants Programme, Sang-e-Nawishta has two wind turbines that generate enough energy to bring light and clean water to every home.
No more dirty water carried up the hill in battered jerry cans. No more diarrhea. No more school books left unopened in the corner once the sun goes down.
The turbines are locally made and can be maintained by local people. It’s no wonder this simple, cost-effective project has won awards.
This article is originally published in UNDP Afghanistan page.
GEF SGP funded project AFG/SGP/OP4/Y3/RAF/13/03 "Environment Protection through Renewable Energy Initiatives in Mosaee District, Kabul, Afghanistan" has been implemented by SGP grantee partner AREA.