PILOT PROJECT I AND BEYOND
Team Afghan Power (TAP) is in transition from operating as a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit through its relationship with Global Impact, to an Afghan based non-governmental organization (NGO). TAP is working to provide solar renewable energy, internet, laptops, and educational programs to rural schools in Bamyan province, Afghanistan.
Pilot Project I is underway and will be the first live test of TAP's unique sustainable fielding program that includes predeployment training of the local villagers, orientation and indoctrination on the technical aspects of operating a simple, solar-powered microgrid, and logistics planning for sustainment of the grid through local tariff collections. The projects are designed to become Afghan government programs of record and a national model for development in Afghanistan.
We seek to provide solar powered sustainable energy-based internet connections to help connect these rural, marginalized students to high quality online education, conducted to international standards, and approved by the Ministry of Education to allow them to compete with urban students for placement in higher education.
TAP will implement this project then begin a transition to shared costs through partnerships with the Afghan Government and major development entities.
Team Afghan Power has worked with both Afghan and American engineers who possess extensive experience in fielding renewable energy micro-grids to maximize sustainability while minimizing the cost of operation.
Maximizing Donor Impact
Team Afghan Power is staffed entirely by volunteers. We have worked tirelessly to find companies to donate laptops, internet subscriptions, educational programing, and support the transportation of goods to ensure that monetary donations go directly to project implementation.
We are focused on working with the Afghan Ministry of Education to meet and exceed local educational standards. We seek to improve the quality of education in areas where teachers are vastly underqualified. Providing online educational resources allow students to enjoy a better education making them competitive for free public university education. There is no tuition for students who gain entry into one of Afghanistan’s 36 public universities through academic accomplishment.
Creating Economic Resilience
In a situation as uncertain as Afghanistan, education is the only real asset that cannot be lost. A quality education opens opportunities for students, empowers young girls, and greatly increases an individual's earning potential.