Mashallah we had a very successful trip this weekend. Following are the details on the various projects
Site 1 - Anakar
A beautifully built 12 feet wide and about 60 foot long bridge that is connecting the village of Anakar (pop. approx.1000) to Kalam and the rest of the world. This is a truckable bridge which is capable of withstanding a fully loaded truck crossing it.
Site 2 - Ghayal
A smaller (approx 10 feet wide and about 30 feet long) bridge connecting Ghayal with Kalam and the rest of the world.
Site 3 - Palir
A foot bridge that connects the village of Palir to the main road across the river Swat.
Site 4 - Baffer
100 bags of cement have been arranged for this bridge. We could not visit this site for shortage of time. IA the next team visiting Kalam will have positive updates from here as well.
Site 1 - Anakar
A 25 KVA power project was inaugurated. This is now supplying electricity to 180 odd houses of Anakar. The local people have worked exceptionally hard to build a new water channel for this. The channel is supported by a 3 foot wide retention wall that is, at its highest, about 10 foot high. This was build on a self help basis by the people of Anakar at no cost.
Site 2 - Nazimabad
A 24 KVA power project for which the channel is being built. The channel is a whopping 200 meter long. The retention wall being built for it is 2.5 to 3 feet wide and 2 feet (at the start) to about 15 feet high (at the highest point). Again this work is being done totally free of cost by the people of Nazimabad on a self help basis. What is more commendable is that the locals have donated parts of their land for this channel. This will IA be completed in a week to ten days after we arrange the penstock pipe for them .
Two more power generation sets have been delivered to our local representative in Kalam (Gulzada Khan). Sites for these will be finalized this week and the team going to Kalam this coming weekend will inaugurate work on these.
Protective Retention wall:
We had delivered G-wire for building of two protective walls in the valley of Gabral. These were for protecting Mosques from the raging Swat river. People from one of these two sites have started work on their wall and IA we will have more details on that soon.
We have, now, a MBA graduate from Abbotabad, Mr. Mehroze Kiani (my cousin) who has shifted to Anakar to help us establish and run the school there. For this we will pay him a fixed stipend (that I have already arranged for). We have also hired two local teachers from the same village for this school. We held a detailed meeting with the local elders about this school and its running and they were very happy and enthusiastic about it. I am glad and feel proud to report to you that today we had 67 children turn up at the school. I am getting daily reports from Mehroze about the progress, issues and needs for the school. Since this will is another Project (Project Educate) in IJC's Flood Relief Initiative, I will post a separate post on the relief website for this and try to update that regularly IA.
There are a lot of stories and interesting events to share and IA I will be doing so with you all in the coming few days.
Thank you all again