Symbion Power and AREVA T&D Provide Warmth to Afghan Children

February 17, 2009

KABUL, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. power engineering company Symbion Power, in collaboration with Hart Security and AREVA Transmission and Distribution, announced today the final phase of their OPERATION WARM TOES initiative. At its completion, OWT will provide more than 3200 pairs of winter boots and shoes, as well as more than 2500 pairs of socks, to needy children in Afghanistan. The first distribution took place at a school in Kabul on December 25, 2008, where nearly 800 children were given new boots and socks. This Sunday, in conjunction with the Afghan Red Crescent Society, Symbion provided much needed winter boots and socks to an additional 150 impoverished children. The remaining boots and socks will be distributed to children in rural areas under the supervision of the Afghan Red Crescent later this month.

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Seven years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghans still face a tremendous shortage of electricity. Symbion Power is participating in the U.S. funded power reconstruction program in Afghanistan, but has initiated its own programs to improve local capacity. In October of 2008, the company opened The Symbion Power Center, a school in Kabul that trains Afghans to build and maintain power transmission projects. This is part of Symbion Power’s efforts to enhance opportunities for Afghans to take part in the reconstruction of their country.

Symbion takes a unique approach to delivering complex electrical infrastructure power solutions in regions where conflict and instability make them especially difficult. Symbion and its partners believe that the reconstruction effort can succeed in Afghanistan by creating opportunities and tangible benefits for the local population, who have suffered greatly due to many years of conflict. OPERATION WARM TOES is a private sector led effort that is intended to directly benefit Afghan children, helping to provide warmth and build goodwill.

“We cannot ignore the poor conditions many of these people live in,” said Paul Hinks, CEO of Symbion Power. “Young kids wander around the streets without proper shoes and socks in the freezing winter and that is why OPERATION WARM TOES was created.” Hinks continued, “I realized that we could use surplus space in aircraft we were chartering for our project work to deliver the new shoes and socks with no extra transport cost. Each of our partners was eager to participate and generously donated their time and resources in order to help bring much needed relief to children in Afghanistan. I am very grateful to all of them.”

“AREVA’s T&D division is actively involved in Afghanistan’s network enhancement which brings vital comfort to the population. OPERATION WARM TOES brings essential well being to children, just as bringing electricity to their community is essential. That is why it appeared to AREVA obvious to partner with Symbion Power for such a project,” said Heike Bergmann, Commercial Director for AREVA Energietechnik GmbH.

Mr. Amir Koshani, Director of Orphanages for the Afghan Red Crescent stated, “I would like to thank Symbion Power on behalf of the Red Crescent for providing shoes and socks for the children during this winter season. It’s really a big help for the children and we appreciate it. We hope Symbion continues its help in the future.”

Over the last few years, Symbion has built extensive electrical power systems in partnership with local companies across Iraq and Afghanistan. Symbion is rated among the top ten U.S. firms in the Iraq reconstruction market. It has achieved its success in Iraq and Afghanistan through its unique model, which integrates capacity building in implementation of projects and creates jobs for the local population.

For more info on Symbion Power: http://www.symbion-power.com

For more info on Hart Security: http://www.hartsecurity.com

For more info on Afghan Red Crescent: http://www.arcs.org.af

For more info on AREVA: http://www.areva-td.com

SOURCE Symbion Power

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