Winterization Aid for Afghan communities

by Action for Development (AfD)
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Photo by afghanistan-today.org
Photo by afghanistan-today.org

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are happy to inform you that thanks to generous donations AfD successfully provided the winterization aid in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. Households from three villages of Jurm District, who were affected by landslide, received local-made metal heaters and wood. As our local staff reported, distributed devices have significantly improved the living conditions of people in informal settlements in Badakhshan and might be used again during the upcoming winter.

For this purpose we raised 445$ on GlobalGiving platform. As the funds raised were not sufficient to implement the project we decided to join the amounts collected form another project of GlobalGiving and the amount from Geneva’s commune (which jointly made 5560 USD) and allocate them to winterization support for Badakhshan people.

In the meantime, not only families in Badakhshan need winterization support to survive the cold season. The issue of displaced population without appropriate housing is rising dramatically in urban areas of Afghanistan, as Kabul city. The winter with nighttime temperatures to -9 C (15 F) is coming in a few months.

Due to escalating war activities in Kunduz and Baghlan provinces [1] as well as increasing of returnees from Pakistan more and more people arrive to Kabul in order to find a safe place to live. Lack of access to housing & land in urban area, health services, and employment means that refugees and returnees often become displaced internally, which means a growth of their vulnerability to unstable conditions in the country [2].

As Afghan media reported, thousands of Kunduz and Baghlan residents have lost their agricultural yields and homes because of bloody clashes between government forces and the insurgency in the northern provinces of the country. “Afghan forces distributed pamphlets instructing residents to flee. Later, pro-government troops used their abandoned homes as barricades”, as afghanistan-today.com reports [3]. The resent news from Afghanistan highlights that hundreds of families in Kunduz province, especially in Khanabad district, are fleeing to safer areas in a bid to escape ongoing battles in their area [4]. One of the residents said that his family is forced to live “in the open air under the hot sun”, because his house was destroyed. People have fled their homes with nothing and the shelter is currently their main concern.

After many years spending in Pakistan, more Afghan refugees will be forced to return to their homeland. As UNHCR informed, Pakistan wants to repatriate some of the almost 1.6 million refugees living in the country. Supporting organizations had set aside funds for only 60,000 returnees [5]. Some families will return to Afghanistan after even decades in Pakistan. Some people want to return because of economic problems. However, many of these returns are involuntary. Refugees fear the violence in Afghanistan, others worry that there are no funds enough to resettle in an uncertain home country.

Most of these families will not be able to get appropriate living conditions or even a basic accommodation in the new places and will be forced to live in camps or will be placed in school buildings over winter. The aim of this winterization program is to support the displaced internally people in order to survive the approaching winter and avoid illness and deaths.

Until now, we raised 490$ for the new phase of AfD’s winterization project using GlobalGiving platform. We would like to thank those who already donated, and ask for further support to enable AfD to have a good impact this year as well we had last year.

Best regards,

Anna Lewicka on behalf of Action for Development

 

[1] For more information and news links go to: http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-capture-district-in-kunduz-province/a-19489710

[2] For more information see: http://www.usip.org/publications/2016/01/13/the-forced-return-of-afghan-refugees-and-implications-stability

[3] For more information see: http://www.afghanistan-today.org/en/articles/society/2100/

[4] For more information see: http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26849-hundreds-of-khanabad-villagers-displaced-as-war-continues-

[5] For more information see: http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2016/6/576bd0a84/decades-pakistan-afghan-refugees-set-return.html

Displaced people. Photo by Tolonews.com
Displaced people. Photo by Tolonews.com

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Badakhshan Winterization project
Badakhshan Winterization project

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We are very pleased to inform you that thanks to your generous donations we have collected funds to allow us to provide so needed and necessary support in Badakhshan. On May 2014 landslides struck Argo district of Badakhshan causing significant loss of life and widespread damage to about 350 households, letting families homeless.

We were raising funds for two projects in Badakhshan province simultaneously:

1) Emergency Appeal Earthquake Badakhshan, Afghanistan (10 USD collected) and

2) Winterization Aid for Afghan Landslide Victims in Badakhshan, Afghanistan (445 USD collected).

The funds raised were not sufficient to implement them separately. After several submitted request for funds to various communities, we were able to secure an amount of 5000 CHF (aprox. 5175 USD) from one of the communes in Geneva, Switzerland. We proudly received the above mentioned sum for winterization support, and since the area was same and the population was of the same province, consequently we decided to join the amounts collected form above two mentioned projects of GlobalGiving and the amount recieved from Geneva's commune (which jointly made approx. 5560 USD after paying fees) and allocate them to winterization support for Badakhshan people.

Our collaboration with Afghanid – which started from 2014 for distribution of Water Filters to landslide victims still continued. Through our networking we learned that the most deprived communities are in Jurm district and during the recent emergency relief projects they benefited the least from food donations or any other type of support. Therefore, our focus and target area was set “Jurm district”.

Due to warfare in the Warduj district of Badakhshan during the beginning of the winter season, which ultimately is located on the main road passing from Faizabad (center of Badakhshan Province) to several districts of the province, our support activities in the field were postponed until late December 2015. However, we are delighted to inform you about the successful implementation of our planned winterization program in January 2016.

Due to your valuable support, households from three villages of Jurm District of Badakhshan province who were directly affected by landslide received the winterization supports. The households were selected in collaboration with Afghanaid[1].  

Total number of beneficiaries was 96 households (an approximately 700 people). Each household received 210 kg of wood and one locally produced, multipurpose heater which can be used for heating, cooking and water boiling for 3 to 4 years. It is important to mention that we engaged only local manufacturers to supply the heaters. This was done with the purpose to help not only those affected by the disaster, but also to empower Afghan manufacturers by providing them work opportunity.

Please find attached some photos taken during the distribution of local-made metal heaters and wood to affected families in Badakhshan. We believe that distributed devices will improve the living conditions of people living in informal settlements in Badakhshan, reduce their vulnerability towards extreme winter temperatures and help avoid illnesses and death during a couple of years.

We thank you for your support and we hope to maintain our partnership active in the future.

 

Best regards,

AfD's team

 

[1]A British NGO that works in Badakhshan for the last 30 years (www.afghanaid.org)

Distribution of local metal heaters and wood
Distribution of local metal heaters and wood
Distribution of local metal heaters and wood
Distribution of local metal heaters and wood
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Dear Friends and Supporters,

Since the funding we had received was minimal and not sufficient to send support to a far located province, we have tried to further seek funds during the 3rd and beginning of 4th quarter of the 2015. 

Our field personnel have been in the field during November 2015 and performed a needs assessment. Affected area is situated in the poorest region of the country facing severe winter, including cold temperatures and snowfalls. Upon obtaining 353 USD fund, the decision was to obtain quotations for the winterization items, i.e. blankets, warm cloths, bokhari (local heaters) and wood, to enable effective and efficient management of available financial support.

Our team in collaboration with Afghanaid (a British NGO working in Badakhshan) identified the most needy families suffering of the cold winter in two districts of Badakhshan. We also found out that the hunger prevailing in the area badly affects the population. 

We shortly will inform you about the results of distributions in the field.

Meanwhile, we thank you for your generosity. You helped make the life of people in need easier. We appreciate your contribution and wish you peace, joy, and fulfillment in 2016!

Kind regards,

AfD’s team

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Dear Donors,

 

We would like to inform you that we have now bought 20 Bukhari (traditional heating means in Afghanistan).

These heaters will be delivered to Badakhshan in the coming weeks. Our staff in Kaboul is currently organising the transport and delivery.

This mean that 40 families in need will be equipped with heaters and will be ready to face the next winter season and reduce their vulnerability to extreme winter conditions in the mountains of Pamir.

All these families will thus be able to take full advantage of your generosity. 

In the coming weeks we will inform you on the precise distribution of Bukharis in Badakhshan and we will give you a detailed description of the project's impact for the homeless population.

Meanwhile, we thank you for your generosity and hope to keep our partnership alive!

Fanny Naville on behalf of the entire team at Global BDN

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Dear Donors,

We are very pleased to inform you that thanks to your generous donations we have been able to collect enough funds to allow us to start our winterisation support in Badakhshan.

We will start the activities right after the summer in order to be well prepared and provide in time the affected families with means of heating to face the coming winter. These families have lost their homes and are still living in empty school buildings, unfinished buildings or just in tents.

Thanks to your precious contributions we could equip these populations to face the next winter season and reduce their vulnerability to extreme winter conditions in the mountains of Pamir.

We trust that families in need will be equipped with heaters and will be able to take full advantage of your generosity. 

In the mean time we are still collecting additional funds as this would allow us to increase our support.

In the coming months we will keep you informed on the distribution of Bukharis (traditional heating means in Afghanistan) in Badakhshan and we will give you a detailed description of the project's impact.

We thank you most sincerely for your support and we hope to maintain our partnership active.

Fanny Naville on behalf of the entire BDN Global team

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