Wednesday, February 18, 2009

And there was light!

And now for some great news from Kabul: 24 hour power, 7 days a week!  City Power is up and running. From the occasional 3 or 4 hours, 2 or 3 nights a week, this is quite the change.  Kabul has had little to no electricity for the last 16 years.  It's hard to imagine a city of 3 million plus people without power.  Many of my friends here cannot remember a time in their life where electricity was expected or normal.

It's been a month of steady electricity with an outage here and there.  Although there is still not enough power to light a whole house, reports are that within 3 months the electricity will be at a normal and functional level.

Of course, the first day City Power came we blew a fuse.  And of course, all the electricity stores are completely sold out of new breaker boxes and fuses.  So, we're still generator dependent for a few more days.  Can't wait to say goodbye to the loud, noisy, expensive, unreliable generator and hello to 24 hour power!