NSP information

14 March, 2007

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As a response to the last post I received an interesting mail from a person probably involve in NSP process in Afghanistan, as I don’t know him. But anyway thank you Mr H. Barth. So I invite you to check the website of the project :

http://www.nspafghanistan.org/content/index_eng.html

“Operational Manuel” in the chapter Implementation Strategy

 and also weekly report, I work on it actually.


13 March, 2007


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Anyway finally work has started in Ruy and will continue until the end because they represent the main target on my project because they have been the most seriously affected by the drought. But now after 3 month I realize how wrong are all the demographical information I use to evaluate the population in each village. I divided the number of workers focusing the north of the district (Ruy), with the estimate of a demography more important also.

Made for a project named NSP (National Solidarity Program) funded by the World Bank and other funders, with the support of hundreds of local or foreign NGOs, this project covers all the country. Communities after validation of a development project receive money considering also their population.

The process has been well known by all the communities before the demographical studies. So some lied on their population amount in order to receive more money of course! And some local staff in charge of the reporting made arrangement with the leaders of villages, receiving money, sheep, gifts etc… to increase the figures of the sensus.

Following the NSP figures, the population of Afghanistan should be much more important, and funding the whole project won’t be without difficulties.

Ruy’ Strange toys

13 March, 2007

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Ruy Village, its school and extra-toys !

13 March, 2007

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Here is the scholl yard of Ruy. Which boy in Europe wouldn’t dream to have a real old Russian tank in the school yard?

The principal of the school is a bad man, he gave me so many problems at the beginning of the project. Allied with 2 other persons from our staff they were managing to increase their influence on the communities. All they did has been to delay the implementation of projects and get fired. But the school principal unfortunately, is still there.

Children portrait

7 March, 2007

Fillette Alawuddin Stolen Fatima in Roy Doab

Afghan people have nice looking but their hard life condition make them looking older very quick. Especially women, it’s amazing. But to take the picture of a woman is strictly forbidden! ! !

Only young girls, after puberty all disappear under burka (tchadri). Some of them even grow up under burka ! Especially in the countryside. Kabul is freer, women can wear jeans or trousers (if the husband is opened enough…) but I don’t think it will be easy to take only one picture… But I will try, and if I can take a phone number I’ll let you know 😉

The only race of dog in all Afghanistan.

8 February, 2007

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Balaghli, close to Alawuddin (15km, one hour by car), is also on the road to Mazar e Charif, and constitute an important point of supply for all the villages around. I met there this young boy, master of this dog, very aggressive, blood injected eyes. This dog is bread for fighting and cannot be approached by anybody else than his young master and his father probably. The other one (left) is much nicer.

Working on.

8 February, 2007

 

Some view of the tracks under renovation. Those pictures are made in great landscape but at few days after snow was falling, cold has arrived, conditions are much more difficult

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In Alawuddin end of November

8 February, 2007

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The assembly of Alawuddin Village. The “Choura”, traditional assembly with which I had to discuss about the starting of the project. On the right, the day we started the project, all the workers are gathered waiting to receive tools, clothes and material. We divided them in groups, lead by team leaders. And Jabarkhil the engineer has posted the different groups of workers on the road to renovate. Each team leader has the responsibility of his tools and the different groups are supervised by one of my supervisors. Field technicians supervise the technical work on the road. Field monitor will enquire in villages collecting data on family resources and incomes.

More Geographical details

8 February, 2007

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Here is the map of the district where this road renovation occurs. From the village of Ruy (2200m) passing by Qashqa (2400m) up to Alawuddin (2600m). Of course the most logical would have been to start the work between the highest place (Alawuddin & Qashqa) then to shift on Ruy. But the elders of Ruy, who belong to Habasch ethnical group, didn’t agree with this idea.

Roy Doab district is composed of three main ethnics group: Tatare (Qashqa area) Hazara (Alawuddin to Doab) and Habasch in the north (Ruy). Those people from Ruy compose the small minority in the district (15%). The governor of the district is Hazara and the governor of the province also. Who will take care of Habasch from Ruy? So every thing is a reason to contest, to claim or to complain which is also a way to defend their position quite fragile in the district. They even became quite aggressive with some of our local staff and their position is strategic. We must pass by their village to reach the province capital. I didn’t have the choice, in spite of the logistical constraints, the district governor forced me to accept their request to start in their place as in the South (Alawuddin)…

You will note the sub-base of Solidarités in the South of the district in the village of Roy Du Ab (or Roy Doab).

8 February, 2007

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Of course we wouldn’t complete without our essential driver Mr Sakhi (up & left), Mr Youssouf (right).
I can say I’m really glad of the drivers I have even if those donkey heads never use the 4 wheels drive device at the right time and use foot break instead of engine break, I think I will repeat the same things on every continent, anyway…