The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, communities and school children celebrated the “Chinese Independence Day” with Chinese engineers supporting PPAF in the testing & commissioning of 306 KW Micro Hydro Power Project (MHP) at village Gazain, district Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Chinese culture and heritage was celebrated and the efforts of hundreds of Chinese engineers were recognized who are resiliently working for the completion of the Hydro Power Project in remote areas of Pakistan.
On this occasion, Mr. Ghazi, Project Manager and Mr. Wazir, Former Nazim, village Gazain said, “Our friendship and cooperation with China has been exemplary. China has always supported Pakistan in all its endeavours and we hope this relation continues to strengthen in the future. We wish all our Chinese counterparts a prosperous Independence Day.”
Chines Engineers team, Mr. Alen, Mr. Lui and Mr. Chen along with officials from PPAF, Integration and AKRSP participated in the event.
While addressing the ceremony, Mr. Alen told the students of PPAF funded community schools and the participating community members that “I love China” in Chinese language which they repeated again and again during the celebration.
The Chinese engineers were excited for this wonderful reception on the occasion of Chinese Independence Day and appreciated the commitment of PPAF, AKRSP and the members of community for successful completion of Hydro Power Project in far-flung off-grid areas.
The Micro Hydro Power Project funded by KfW and implemented by PPAF, will provide electricity to 335 households with the population of over 3,000 individuals residing in the hard terrain of village Gazeen, Yarkhoon Valley, Upper Chitral in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Chinese engineers are commissioning the micro hydro power projects at the sites.
Two other projects of 200 KW will benefit 700 households in Upper Dir and over 200 houses in Chitral respectively. PPAF is leading electrification drive of off-grid and remote areas through clean, green and reliable energy resources. The Renewable Energy team has initiated the final testing and commissioning of four completed mini hydropower projects (MHP) under the KfW funded HRE Project in Upper Dir and Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with the support of Chinese engineers, project consultants and partner organisations. The project is being implemented by PPAF in strategic partnerships with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), National Rural Support Programme (NRSP), Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP), Community Motivation & Development Organisation (CMDO) and Social Action Bureau for Assistance in Welfare & Organisational Networking (SABAWON).