For more than half the year (October through April), Tajikistan has a limited supply of electricity. Many areas of the country receive electricity for only a few hours a day or week. And during the winter, some settlements in remote mountain areas have no electricity at all! This makes it difficult to keep normal school hours, because the daylight in these mountainous regions does not last long and is insufficient to illuminate classrooms. Students must strain their eyes to see their lessons, causing a high incidence of vision problems.
Hospitals and aid stations are also affected. Some medical procedures become impossible, and patients must recover in darkened wards. Tajikistan has relied on electricity from hydroelectric power stations constructed on the largest rivers. However, in the fall water levels drop, causing these power stations to function at a low capacity or not at all.
The optimum solution is the use of diesel generators. One generator with an average capacity can meet the needs of an entire school or hospital. With your partnership LifeSMILES dentistry will enable ADRA to place a lifesaving and life-changing generator in a remote village.
Updates will be released as ADRA’s response efforts expand. ADRA is present in 125 countries, providing community development and emergency management without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race, or ethnicity.