• Capt. Jude Mazzotta, Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Officer, discuss the hydroelectric power plant with Shafiqullah during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. Shafiqullah built the system seven years ago and is planning to expand the system. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    Capt. Jude Mazzotta, Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Officer, discuss the hydroelectric power plant with Shafiqullah during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. Shafiqullah built the system seven years ago and is...

  • This waterwheel, connected to a small generator, uses the energy of flowing water to provide electricity to 25 families and has been for over seven years, Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    This waterwheel, connected to a small generator, uses the energy of flowing water to provide electricity to 25 families and has been for over seven years, Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

  • This waterwheel, connected to a small generator, uses the energy of flowing water to provide electricity to 25 families and has been for over seven years, Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    This waterwheel, connected to a small generator, uses the energy of flowing water to provide electricity to 25 families and has been for over seven years, Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

  • Capt. Branislav Krajcik, Slovakian Civil Affairs, discuss the hydroelectric power plant as a villager writes down the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's contact information during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    Capt. Branislav Krajcik, Slovakian Civil Affairs, discuss the hydroelectric power plant as a villager writes down the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's contact information during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri...

  • This generator, connected to a water wheel, uses the energy of flowing water to provide electricity to 25 families and has been for over seven years, Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    This generator, connected to a water wheel, uses the energy of flowing water to provide electricity to 25 families and has been for over seven years, Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

  • Capt. Jude Mazzotta, Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Officer, discuss the hydroelectric power plant with Shafiqullah during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. Shafiqullah built the system seven years ago and is planning to expand the system. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    Capt. Jude Mazzotta, Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Officer, discuss the hydroelectric power plant with Shafiqullah during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. Shafiqullah built the system seven years ago and is...

  • First Lt. Cari Butler, 117th MPAD Public Affairs Officer, interviews Shafiqullah about the hydroelectric power plant during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. Shafiqullah built the system seven years ago and is planning to expand the system. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    First Lt. Cari Butler, 117th MPAD Public Affairs Officer, interviews Shafiqullah about the hydroelectric power plant during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. Shafiqullah built the system seven years ago and is planning to expand...

  • First Lt. Cari Butler, 117th MPAD Public Affairs Officer, interviews Shafiqullah about the hydroelectric power plant during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. Shafiqullah built the system seven years ago and is planning to expand the system. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    First Lt. Cari Butler, 117th MPAD Public Affairs Officer, interviews Shafiqullah about the hydroelectric power plant during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. Shafiqullah built the system seven years ago and is planning to expand...

  • Capt. Branislav Krajcik, Slovakian Civil Affairs, discuss the hydroelectric power plant with a villager during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    Capt. Branislav Krajcik, Slovakian Civil Affairs, discuss the hydroelectric power plant with a villager during an assessment visit Dec. 6, 2012, at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

  • This waterwheel, connected to a small generator, uses the energy of flowing water to provide electricity to 25 families and has been for over seven years, Dec. 6, 2012 at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    This waterwheel, connected to a small generator, uses the energy of flowing water to provide electricity to 25 families and has been for over seven years, Dec. 6, 2012 at Kawri, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theresa Gualdarama)

TARIN KOT, Afghanistan - A 22-year-old village contractor, Shafiqullah, plans to expand an innovative hydroelectric power plant system that has created electricity in the remote village of Kawri, Uruzgan, for several years.

Civil Affairs personnel from the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Uruzgan traveled to Kawri Dec. 6, 2012, to assess the handmade system and coordinate its possible expansion with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's assistance.

Shafiqullah built the system by replicating those he saw in the neighboring Miribad valley region. The only outside assistance he received was through a non-governmental organization that built the canal walls.

According to renewablenergyworld.com, a hydroelectric power plant uses a small canal to channel river water through a rotary mechanical device that extracts energy from a fluid flow. The energy extracted activates the generator and creates electricity. The power plant in Kawri produces energy for the majority of the community.

"The hydroelectric power plant system provides electricity for about 25 families," Shafiqullah said.

Each of the 25 families contributed what it could to finance the power plant that cost 10,000.

With government assistance, Shafiqullah intends to expand the system to provide electricity for 100 families.

"There are a number of promising possibilities for the GIRoA to assist the local people of Kawri village," said Capt. Jude Mazzotta, Provincial Reconstruction Team Civil Affairs Officer.

Mazzotta and his team provided Kawri villagers with contact details for the Ministry of Rural Reconstruction and Development, which is a subgroup of GIRoA. MRRD develops and implements programs to promote responsible social and financial growth in rural areas.

According to Mazzotta, the civil affairs primary focus is to bridge the gap between local nationals and GIRoA. Kawri is one of the few villages in Uruzgan to develop major projects with minimal government assistance.

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