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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 pinkpanther View Post
    Mashallah, wow excellent.. Don't have words to describe my gratitude for all the hard work.

    May god all mighty bless all for the true intentions and helping hand.
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    Default How the work started....

    Meeting with the local community......
    Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - filephp?id4594

    Address by local elders and IJC....
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    A short jirga consultation and a few hours later, the work begins....
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    Default Some views on Anakar...

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    Default Riding with teh Marines....

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdevil View Post
    old utror bridge burried.....


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    Excellent work Asad Bhai and Team B ! Lets hope God gives us all the capacity to see all of this all the way, InshAllah!
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    Well done IJC. Connecting people is a great service. Keep on expanding your horisens & God will help you in your mission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by desertdevil View Post
    @ jiggerzzzz... which organisation do u work for?
    im with Oxfam GB; working as a Project Officer Cash Programming. At the moment Based in Bahrain. but i keep moving from Mingora base way upto Kalam.
    We are involved in Cash For work projects (retaining walls, link roads, pathways, bridges, irrigation channels, clearing or rehabilitating irrigation channels leading to power houses ) all communal projects and activities to secure their livelihoods and Cash Grants for the EVI's (extremely vulnerable individuals)
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    Default Project Reconnect: Team C Report

    With the Grace of the God Almighty, Project Reconnect's Team C comprising of myself and Mohammed Siddique has returned from Kalam after a short visit during October 2, 3 and 4. There are many stories to be told here and I am not sure sure on how or where to begin, but I am hoping that the photos will provide a good start. Key Highlights of activities during the visit included:

    - Delivery of 750 kgs of Steel G-wire in Kalam for Anakar Bridge
    - Review of progress of Bridges at Anakar and Gyahil sites
    - Addition to Paleen Bridge by providing assistance to local village community in building footbridge
    - Assessment of potential assistance to local connunity in repairing the main Kalam irrigation channel
    - Review and experience of 4x4 track linking Kalam and Bagh Deri/Mingora constructructed by local community
    - Groundwork for providing asssitance to selected low income/distressed families in Kalam during winter season.




    IJC Team C: Siddique and Suhaib Kiani with Local Community Leader Gulzada Khan Sb.

    Project Reconnect Swat- IJC's Flood Relief Initiative - filephp?id4613
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    Default Anakar Project Site: Logs carried by locals 5 kms down from the village forest...

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    Default Paleen Project Site: Footbridge under construction with project assistance...

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    Default Kalam Irrigation Waterway supplying water to 30,000 people in need of reconstruction.

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    Default Message from Dr. Ehsan Kiani en route to Kalam

    We received a rather emotional message from Dr. Ehsan yesterday, while he was trying to negotiate through the Kalam high road and stuck in traffic just beyond Bahrain. Asad Marwat and Team have also joined him earlier today in Kalam for inaugration of Anakar Bridge. Please pray for the success of the project objectives and the safe return of the IJC Project Reconnect.
    Thank You.
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    On 8 Oct 2010 22:16, "Ehsan Kiani" <ehsankiani@gmail.com> wrote:

    The road we are on right now is for 4x4 s only. We have with us 170 ten kilo flour bags for the Anakar village, 20 bags of valueable cement, 30 odd family packs that we made using miscellaneous donated items, 3 power turbine set, a box filled with children clothes and a box filled with clothes for women. The 3 marble engraved plates for the bridges are also enjoying the treacherous track with us.
    We set out at 3 am and cruised our way on the motorway and the rest of the way above legal speeds to reach Bagh Dheri at 7 am. Everything after that has been slow. From the off loading of the truck we dispatched yesterday to the loading of the 4 hiluxs, the slow drive to the numerous road blocks and traffic jams and to the fragmented sleep sessions in the 4x4. But slow was better. Sitting here in the darkness of the Toyota cabin and surrounded by tens of voices talking to each other in a language I do not understand, we are actually contemplating where to lie down,hopefully warm in the sleeping bags we brought with us. The diesel dry jeep up ahead has blocked the road for some 50 plus vehicles on both sides. Even the father - son duo selling tea have stopped chanting "Garam garam chai".
    While hope of making it to the comfort of a bed in Kalam is fading rapidly, I feel very safe in this wilderness between the raging rapids of the Swat river on one side and towering mountains on the other. Maybe its the people around me, or their strange gojri language; or maybe its just me feeling home in the mountains I have loved since childhood. One thing is certain. Todays jeep ride through the valley has been an eye opener. The devastation here is phenomenal.
    Our driver just informed us that the jeep ahead was fed some diesel and has started now. No matter where we sleep tonight IA we shall be inaugrating 3 bridges tomorrow and maybe even launching a few more projects here in Swat. Asad bhai and Jumma Khan (yes guys. I will specially request for some Jumma cooked tikkas tomorrow as well ) have left Mardan and will stay the night over on the way before leaving to join us tomorrow.
    Thank you all for the prayers, support, help, advices, and encouragement.
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    Praying for all the Team members for their Safe journey
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    Best wishes for the entire team for safe return, and success for the objectives of the trip.

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    Default Some pics from last week: On the High Road....

    The routine traffic jam beyond Bahrain:
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    Another view of the track with some work being done:
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    The Dodge Truck of Madyan...there probably is only one
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    Bahrain City, the river flowed through this street...
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    Toyota Corolla 1980 after a few rolls down the street :
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    Toyota Landcruiser BJ60.... our maxed out ride out of Kalam:
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    BJ60 vs Hilux - Its a battle of wits...whomever flinches has to reverse:
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    Yes, we all quite desperate to get out of Kalam before sunset hence took the bet on Toyota, nevertheless when I heard the sound of the engine as we rolled up the first climb, we all knew it was all a big big mistake....we were quite lucky in making it home that night.
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    Where there is no road, we make our own, say the locals:
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    Default Anakar Project Site Update

    One side of the planned bridge where the ground has been cleared...
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    Huge logs carried down the valley by the local community...
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    Other side of the bridge....
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    Another view of the site....
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    Area requiring blasting to link bridge to main road....
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