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Korean power company lends helping hand to flood-hit Attapeu school
Electricity bills at Sanamxay Secondary School in Sanamxay district, Attapeu province, will now be much lower thanks to help from the Korea Western Power Company Limited (KOWEPO), which has installed solar power at the school.
The company decided to help the school after Sanamxay district was devastated by a flash flood last year, which left thousands homeless and ruined people’s livelihoods. 

The solar power project was handed over last week by the CEO of KOWEPO, Mr Kim Byung Sook. The event was attended by the provincial Governor, Mr Let Xayaphone, company representatives, officials from the provincial energy and mines department, district authorities, and the school’s teachers and students.
Following the catastrophic flood last July, students had to move from Ban May and Phae secondary schools to study elsewhere, the district Deputy Governor, Ms Manilar Xaysomboun, told Vientiane Times yesterday.
In previous years, Sanamxay Secondary School had enrolled about 1,000 students, but now it accommodates over 2,000 students, she said. 
The installation of solar power will enable the school to function more efficiently and make classes easier. It will undoubtedly improve conditions for everyone at the school, Ms Manilar added.  
Mr Kim said KOWEPO would hold a ceremony upon the completion of the 50kW Solar Power Support Project. Key personnel such as the provincial governor, local residents and students from Sanamxay Lower Secondary School would be invited.
The school was used as a temporary shelter for displaced people whose houses were ravaged by the flood. KOWEPO offered volunteer services to help flood victims and sent 12 volunteer groups consisting of 1,764 people to help speed up the recovery effort.
Because of the high level of sunshine in the area, the solar power project was initiated at the start of this year. Mr Kim also donated 50 million Korean won worth of household items such as electric fans, detergent, salt, and charcoal for use by the flood victims. He also provided 10 laptops and 160 fluorescent lights to enable students to do their lessons. In his address, Mr Kim said “On behalf of KOWEPO, I want to make sure that everyone displaced by the flood is comfortable, even though KOWEPO was not directly involved in their rehabilitation.”  “I am glad that KOWEPO has completed the project here and I expect that this place will soon be a Mecca for solar power projects,” he added.
A company representative said “We intend to install more solar power in Laos based on the technical data we have obtained while working on this project.”

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update June 4, 2019)

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