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Power Solutions for Afghan Police

At a small outpost in Spin Boldak, Kandahar, a U.S. military advising team lives and works with an Afghan Border Police (ABP) unit as they mentor and train them on essential duties. Eventually, when the troops hand over the base completely to the Afghans, it will be their responsibility to operate the center independently of coalition forces. However, 2 large generators have been powering the site which causes a problem as this will not be sustainable after American forces leave. The ABP do not have adequate resources to fuel and maintain such massive machines. Consequently, the police requested a smaller generator that they could implement to provide electricity and running water for a few hours a day using monthly fuel rations from the Afghan government. With your generous donations, Spirit of America was able to step up and offer the necessary funding to support this initiative.

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As a result, the ABP will be able to meet their basic needs without resorting to costly and complicated measures. With a smaller generator, they will have the ability to power their well pump so they can fill the water tower for showers and bathroom use. There is also a resident mechanic who can conduct repairs and maintenance as needed. Additionally, parts for the type of generator are easily accessible as opposed to the bigger ones for which they have no replacement parts.

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During a key leader engagement in December, the U.S. team presented the funds to the ABP unit Commander and the Commander of the adjacent checkpoint who were very appreciative of the gesture. This also helped strengthen the relationship between the U.S. military members and their counterparts, a rapport that is ever more critical as the last stages of advising occur to prime the police for full transition. The men have committed themselves to remain on the base, and they now have greater incentive to stay and dedicate themselves to their mission. In general, this project is improving the Afghans' self-sufficiency and preparing them for greater success in protecting their borders. By obtaining power and water provisions on their own, they can keep control of the site and perform more effectively, ever increasing the security of their community.

Chrissy Burbach
Afghanistan Field Rep