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Fault in Only GBPWD-run Hydro Power Station Completely Blacks Out Central Hunza

A major fault in the only GBPWD-run hydro power station has completely blacked out the central region of Hunza. The main generator of Hasanabad hydro electric power station was removed and sent to Lahore for repairing 5 weeks back, ever since Hunza faces the worst load-shedding in recent times.

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A major fault in the only GBPWD-run hydro power station has completely blacked out the central region of Hunza. The main generator of Hasanabad hydro electric power station was removed and sent to Lahore for repairing 5 weeks back, ever since Hunza faces the worst load-shedding in recent times. Currently, a patrol powered generator is being used as a backup but it can only facilitate important government offices, hospitals and places with ‘special’ connections; not to mention the amount being spent from government’s pocket against fuel consumption.

Sami Ullah Farooqi, the Assistant Commissioner of Hunza had a meeting with the Karimabad Business Association, Hunza Hotel Association and civil society members at a hotel in Karimabad this past week. According to him, power issue is something that cannot be tackled in a short span of time.

The Misgar power project is also facing serious mismanagement as machinery worth of millions of rupees is left under open sky in Dorkhan, Hunza. The 2-megawatt project was to be operational by now but the current development shows it could not be functional within the next two to three years.

misgar hydro power project machinery

Machinery worth of millions of rupees is left under open sky in Dorkhan, Hunza.

Another 2-megawatt power project was inaugurated earlier this year that is set to be completed in 2019, only if the work is carried out as planned.

Villages like Ahmedabad and Attabad produce their own electricity through small hydro electric power stations, both run by the local communities without any major financial or technical support from the government.

District Hunza, which is home to over 55,000 people, requires about 11 megawatts of electricity. Currently, only 3.4 megawatt is being produced resulting in over 44 hours of load-shedding every 48 hours. During summers, the electricity usage is increased due to high influx of tourism which is forcing hotels in Hunza and other business in the region to use fuel powered generators.

Statistics credits: Aslam Shah

Photo Credits: Aslam Shah and Ghazi Karim

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AKAH Celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2019

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A Hunza school girl at Al Murtaza School in Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
AKAH in collaboration with other AKDN and government agencies is campaigning for “Clean Hands for All”. Photo: Imran Hunzai / AKDN

Aga Khan Agency of Habitat (AKAH) in close coordination with other Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies, Government Departments, civil bodies and media groups celebrated Global Handwashing Day 2019. 

A number of activities and events were designed and organized at the school level across districts in Gilgit- Baltistan. These activities aimed at campaigning for better hygiene. 

school kids in Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
Global Handwashing Day 2019: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, through its School Health Improvement Programme (SHIP), is sensitizing school children and management across vulnerable communities for hygienic practices, including handwashing with soap.
A Hunza kid washing hands
AKAH is spreading smiles through providing access to safe drinking water and educating communities for handwashing with soap, under its Water And Sanitation Education Programme (WASEP), to prevent diseases and save lives.
AKESP Global Handwashing Day 2019
Students at AKES, P school in Chatorkhand are demonstrating handwashing in an event organized to campaign for hygienic practices on Global Handwashing Day.
school kids in Al Murtaza School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
The students of AKES, P school in Murtazabad Hunza are learning the steps of Handwashing with the help of health hygiene trainers.
Representatives of AKDN on Global Handwashing Day 2019
Representatives of AKDN agencies emphasized addressing “Handwashing disparities to prevent diseases and save lives”, in events organized to mark Global Handwashing Day, 2019.
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Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) appoints its first-ever female CEO

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Mehnaz Parveen, CEO, KADO Hunza
Cover Photo Credits: Jamil Alvi

Karakoram Area Development Organization, better known as its acronym KADO, has appointed Mehnaz Parveen as its first-ever female CEO. The vacant position of Chief Executive Officer at KADO Hunza was announced on 2nd August 2019.

Mehnaz Parveen, the new CEO of KADO Hunza, is a resident of Passu, Gojal. She has been working at Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education (FACE) as a Director and Institute for Preservation of Arts and Culture (IPAC) prior to FACE. She has also been associated with Indus Blues as a Production Designer. Indus Blues is an award-winning Pakistani documentary that focuses on the fading musical instruments in Pakistan.

Mehnaz Parveen holds a degree in journalism from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. She also studied documentary filmmaking from Madison Area Technical College, Watertown, Wisconsin, USA.

Mehnaz Parveen with Jawad Sharif, director of Indus Blues, and hosts of GEO New’s morning show GEO Pakistan. Photo: Jawad Sharif (Facebook).

She has been in a leading position for Music Mela events in Hunza and Islamabad. Music Mela is an event organized by the Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education (FACE) in collaborations with partner organizations and brands.

Mehaz Parveen is also the co-founder of Seabuckthorn Hunza restaurant which is based in Islamabad’s sector F8. The restaurant serves Hunza Traditional Foods.

The new CEO brings on table years of experience working with indigenous communities from Kalash to Tharparkar. Mehnaz Parveen, during her time at FACE, has worked tirelessly for improving the livelihoods of these indigenous communities and for the promotion of culture and folk music of these areas.

Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) is an indigenous initiative aimed at to improve the socio-economic conditions of people in Gilgit-Baltistan.”

www.kado.org.pk

KADO has been working actively since the mid-90s for the promotion of culture, entrepreneurship and giving training to differently-abled and young people across Gilgit-Baltistan and even Chitral.

With a headquarter based in Aliabad, Hunza, KADO has spent over a billion Pakistani Rupees, mostly grant and aid money, during the past two decades. KADO is currently operating projects like the Gems and Jewellery Development Centre, Karakoram Handicraft Development Project, Hunza Arts and Cultural Forum, Hunza Environmental Committee, Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), Rehabilitation Center and HiMaT ILDP.

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