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    Default Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative

    The Islamabad Jeep Club with the help of all its partners decided to go into the reconstruction of bridges in the Swat valley. For this, a lot of research was done and a bridge was identified in the Kalam union council region in the Anakar Valley. Following is the report on the first trip to the location. This thread will document our efforts in this region.
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    Location: Anakar, Kalam

    Trip 1 – 22nd September – 24th September 2010

    Participants:

    Dr. Ehsan Masud Kiani
    Waqas Khanzada
    Siddique
    Aim:

    To survey the proposed bridge project in Anakar and if possible start work on the site.

    Achievements:

    Motivation of the local community
    Start of work at the project site
    Thorough survey of the village beyond the bridge
    Verbal commitment from the Pakistan Army for supply of G-wire for the project free of cost
    A team from the Islamabad Jeep Club, comprising, Dr. Ehsan Kiani, Waqas Khanzada and Siddique visited Kalam Swat on the 22nd of September. The journey beyond Khawazakhela was on a US Marines Chinook helicopter. In Kalam, the team was joined by Mr. Gulzada who was Ex Nazi of Kalam Union Council. Without wasting time, the proposed site of the bridge in Anakar Valley was visited on the first day. A basic survey of the site was performed initially. The night was spent in the Greens Hotel which is under the Pakistan Army currently.

    The team started the next day at 5 am and after a brief stay at the bridge site for discussions, they made there way up the valley to the Anakar Village. The local elders were gathered and the meeting started with the recitation from the Holy Quran. Mr. Gulzada then made a speech regarding the purpose of the visit and told the locals about the planned bridge. After that Dr. Ehsan and Waqas addressed the gathering. The locals were motivated to help themselves and together build this bridge. They were told that it was they themselves who would be building it and this project would symbolize what we can accomplish when we work together.

    The elders then discussed the proposition in a Jirga. They decided that they would build the bridge themselves with any help that the IJC can provide them. Work would be started the same day so they asked the IJC team to have a round of the whole village while they gathered the tools.

    Team IJC then surveyed the damage in the whole area and did a need assessment for the bridge. Soon about 50 people were making their way towards the bridge site with whatever tools they had. At the site, a short prayer was done and work was inaugurated. It was an emotional scene. The villagers jumped into the river to start working. Within the next 2 hours, significant work had been done on both sides of the river.

    The team left for Islamabad the next day being replaced by team two comprising of Asad Ullah Marwat, Ishtiaq sahab and Jumma Khan. It was decided that more sites would be surveyed in the coming days.

    Team 1 would like to thank the 9th Division of the Pakistan Army for the logistic support as well as assurance of supply of the much needed G-wire for the construction free of cost. Gen. Obaid who was the bridge between IJC and the Army. Mr. Gulzada who actively participated in the management of the project and in local motivation. Mr. Saqib(4x4Engaged) for coming up with the idea.

    Asad Marwat's Write Up

    Team 2 report

    IJC carried out two visits to Kalam in last 10 days. The intention is to assess the situation on the ground and see what best possible help can be extended to it.

    Doc Ehsan and Waqas took the first trip which resulted in initiation of construction of a bridge at Anakar Village. They also did the spade work for our subsequent visits.

    Myself with Ishtiaq and Juma Khan visited Kalam this passed weekend. Our visit expanded the SOW and resultantly we have been Alhamdollilah succesful in initiating another vehicular bridge at Ghayayl village (60 feet length) and 3 more padestrian bridges each 65 feet) in Ushu and Kalam area. These bridges will be off logs with support from the rock, G.Wire and cement for reinforcement.

    Two more vehicular bridges are under consideration and the feasibilty whereof is under study. One would be refurbishing the present one at Ushu and the other is outside Kalam towards Bahrain.

    Additionally IJC and its partners have taken up power generation plants for these villages. Few of the villages power plants have been washed out in the floods hence we have done our homework on how that could be restored. As a pilot project, we would go for one of the village which is housing 100 houses. The turbine will develop 26 kva of electricity which will be free from 30 years. The turbines will be maintenance free.

    A total of 3 power generation plants are in the plan and the project conclusion is expected around mid of November with the first to go alive inshallah by October 8, 2010.

    Special thanks to Mr. Shah wazir khan Tehsildar Kalam, Gulzada and Ameer Said Nazims of the area for their continuous support and availability.

    Write Up by Dr Nadeem Naeem

    Desert Devil and I, went to Kalam over the weekend for ongoing flood relief work in the region by IJC and its friends. Kalam has been affected yet again by rising river water level and flood like situation due to long intense heat spell causing ice melting leading to extremely fast n furious water flow causing more destruction! The bridge for vehicular crossing across Kalam river was destroyed a couple of weeks ago by the floods, all stuff is now transferred across the foot bridge by people and than transported further by vehicles stranded on the other side.

    We managed to take along a electricity generating water turbine and two spindles and cart wheel for the generator along with 25 quilts in NPP. As usual the road condition between Swat and Kalam are treacherous. Total distance from Islamabad to Kalam was 350km (approx 95km between Swat and Kalam). Took us over 10 hours each way.

    Kalam was as beautiful as ever and the weather was perfect. This gorgeous place and its people still needs all the help we can give. May Allah give us all the courage to keep helping others to the best of our ability.

    In the interest of time, I will try to simply post all pics as it is, so here we go……………


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    Quote Originally Posted by SuhaibKiani View Post
    Worth a thousand words! Wow indeed!
    Amazing photography!
    Thnx Suhaib, would add here that most pics captured during the trip were by Jahangir (Mir) while I was driving (read bouncing him around)!.

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    came back from Kalam yesterday.

    An update on our reconnect projects.....

    BRIDGES

    1. Zarinal pedestrian bridge Alhamdollilah completed.
    2. Bafar pedestrian bridge concrete blocks constructed. Wood will be
    put in place in 3-4 days and the bridge will be opened inshallah on
    Dec 2, 2010.
    3. Aryanay patay vehicular bridge construction in progress. 30 percent
    work concluded. Good quality workmanship witnessed.
    4. Asarate area identified for another pedestrian bridge. Negotiations
    on way with the elders and an update will be available by tomorrow mid
    day.
    5. Vehicular bridge requirement for village call Ramate, near Bahrain identified. Work will initiate from Wednesday. This bridge will serve a community of 1000 houses which at the moment use the cable car for crossing river.

    POWER PROJECTS
    6. One alternator provided to ghayal village which is now operational
    and giving free electricty to around 50 houses.
    7. One charkha handed over to Galate khas area. They have a 3 kva
    alternator and hence would provide electricity to 25 houses and a
    mosque.
    8. Nazimabad turbine put in place and water in the channel will be
    released on 23rd Nov to see for any spills. Hopefully the turbine
    which will give electricty to 203 houses will be operational by 25th
    nov.
    Three more villages identified that needs to be given turbines and alternators.
    1. Sayedano cham 7.5kva
    2. Aryana khas 12kva
    3. Aryanay patay 10 kva.
    The inmates of these three villages are staying back in winters hence
    it is imperative to give them what they need. Currently we have in
    place requirement for one village only but would need to place order
    for 2 turbines and 2 alternators more.

    The focus is to conclude all these projects before Dec 15,2010 as the road beyond Bahrain would be unservicable once snow starts. So far all the projects mentioned above would inshallah conclude in 2 weeks. There could be a slight delay in construction of Ramate vehicular bridge unless agressive visits are carried out in the coming week.

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    Mashaallah, Mashaallah!

    May Allah always keep your motivation and spirits high

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    Good work Asad & Team
    -It is always Man behind the Machine.

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    Mashaallah.

    Good work, My Allah be with you people in this mission.
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    Zarinal Foot bridge....


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    sorry for low quality pics.... forgot to take my camera and had to resort to mobile camera....

    this is aryanya patay vehicular bridge under construction....

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    Baffar, Ushu foot bridge under construction.....


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    Great to see the project expanding and locals are getting benifited.

    Asad, what is the status of funds.
    We as a nation are in a habit forgetting other's pains very quickly. Now we don't see the devastation footage on TV anymore so it is pretty hard to convenince others for donations.

    Are we financially OK to finish the ongoing projects by mid December?
    Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.......

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    ghyayal power generation unit.....


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    The result....


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    Parapliot...... yes we are perfectly ok with the funds for all the projects in hand till Dec 15, 2010. Anything beyond that we may have to raise a flag....however so far we are good to go.

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    The present setup at Galate Khas area....New turbine has been handed over to them which will ensure better voltage and durability...


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    You guys are doing an amazing job.. Good work!

    Btw just seen an add on back page of The News by KP provincial disaster management authority that NOC should be obtained from them for ongoing and future projects.. check out whats that about
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    @ Akif.... that is applicable to NGO's only. We are a group of shackle breaking sand bashing friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdevil View Post
    @ Akif.... that is applicable to NGO's only. We are a group of shackle breaking sand bashing friends
    ..who can actually get something done

    liked the 'shackle breaking' part. may be we should call ourselves 'Team Shackle Breakers'
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    Mashallah its like dream coming to life.... so much done in a little time.... real effort involved by team.... Allah bless you
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    Default Anakar School Visit Update

    An ongoing update from my end regarding visit to Kalam and Anakar Village last week. There is too much to be said about this trip so it probably will take me a few posts to get it all out. But it was by far the most rewarding and thrill packed of my trips out there so please do stay tuned....

    - Myself along with Salahuddin Khawaja (a friend from the US currently working on a Lahore based project) and Mehroze Kiani (my cousin from Abbotabad) headed out to Kalam and Anakar village on eve of Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010. The key objective of the trip was to deliver some food items and household utensils to Anakar Village and to oversee our ongoing projects.

    - We engaged a shehzore to carry blankets, clothes, school bags, sugar and other household items. At Mingora, following our overnight stay we shifted the goods onto a Dyna mini truck in the morning and headed North to Anakar village. We arrived safely at Anakar Village before sunset and unloaded the truck into the school with the help of the local people and some very young students.

    - We stayed over night at Kalam and returned the next morning to distribute the goods amongst the students at the Anakar Primary School. There were about 60 kids who are attending the school these days, we checked the attendance register and picked out students with a consistent attendence to give them first preference in distribution.

    - By the end of the afternoon, we had equipped about 60 students of the school with warm clothing and bedding for the winters. The prized item which everyone had an eye on was a large blanket and we were able to ensure that each family sending their children to school got at least one blanket each along with other small food and household items.


    A brief recap for anyone not aware of the details on the school: As part of Project Reconnect, IJC and Friends have sponsored the Govt. Primary School of Anakar, where classes have been reinitiated after a three year gap. When I once asked Mr. Gulzada Khan Sb. of Kalam as to why had the schools been closed for three years in the whole of upper Swat his reply was to translate a Pushto saying in Urdu for me "kutch rab ne maara, kutch abdur-rab ne maara" with reference to Floods and the Taliban issues.

    More pics,updates and stories to come... look forward to comments!
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    Mashallah good to see kids engaged again after 3yrs.... yes indeed a painfull years to recall by locals.... May the prosperity prevails in Kalam region....
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