How NGOs are Providing Help and Hope to Afghanistan

Within the nation of Afghanistan, the total number of people who have been affected by conflict and war is difficult to ascertain. It is evident, however, that there are an increasing number of needs that must be met in order for the nation to move forward.

Many citizens are members of at-risk demographics. Some are among the poorest in the world and are facing uncertain futures unless they receive assistance from outside sources.

The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations

Some of the issues surrounding the rebuilding and redevelopment of Afghanistan stem from citizens’ distrust of government and daily insecurity. In these situations, the complexity of delivering needed services while attempting to build infrastructure and community is fraught with difficulty.

To bridge the gap between the government and populations that are at-risk, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) often provide both short- and long-term relief. In Afghanistan, the government has partnered with local grassroots organizations to handle reconstruction and redevelopment, as well as reaching some of the world’s most vulnerable groups.

Afghanistan National Solidarity Program

One of Afghanistan’s most successful programs has been the Community Development Council (CDC). Throughout the nation, there have been 35,000 new community councils established under the direction of the Afghanistan National Solidarity Program. In addition, it has funded nearly 90,000 projects within the country.

Not surprisingly, the National Solidarity Program is one of the largest of its kind in the world. The strength of this program is seen in the way that citizens are empowered to make decisions and participate in their own governance.

Rather than view the individuals being served as beneficiaries, the NSP considers them participants.

Another strength of the program is the sense of ownership that participants feel. While thousands of schools have been burned down across the nation, only one school located where a community development program exists was destroyed. According to the NSP, this points to the success of the program and the power of community.

NSP Projects

A sampling of some of the projects undertaken by NSP within Afghanistan are an indicator of the scope of its dealings with the people. Its projects are dual-purposed, designed to give both immediate and long-term assistance in core areas of life.

  1. Road repairs in the Kabul district provide safe, reliable transportation for locals and travelers.
  1. A hydropower station has been built in the district of Kama, providing jobs and a reliable power supply for the villagers. A local villager was so supportive of this project that he donated the land for the hydropower station to be built on.
  1. Disease in the Nangarhar province was the side effect of an inefficient and polluted water supply. An innovative system was developed and implemented to provide clean, safe drinking water.
  1. To combat a pervasive lack of safe drinking water, the Parwan Province built and maintains a water tower, providing water for over 700 families.
  1. The Jafarak Village overcame environmental issues to establish a fish farm, providing both jobs and resources for the surrounding community.
  1. A health clinic that will service 25 villages is being built in the Tontonzar Orati village. Constructed and supported by the residents of this village, it is a much needed source of medical care.
  1. Construction of roads that connect villages not only makes travel safer, but also provides reliable access to other services. Within many regions in Afghanistan, roads are being constructed and maintained using funding from the NSP.
  1. Schools servicing over 1,000 students have been built in local communities. They often run in two shifts to accommodate the number of students, and they are vitally important to encourage the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
  1. Community meeting halls are being built, giving residents a location for meeting and working together to improve the conditions of their districts.

These projects are simply a highlight of the work being done by NSP in Afghanistan. By working with the nation’s residents, it is able to provide training and direction that will sustain the nation in the future.

Not only does this NGO provide education, healthcare and jobs, it also provides a new way of life for many in Afghanistan. It has established a proven method of reaching people who are at-risk and helping them not only survive, but thrive. Much remains to be done, but because of groups such as these, the future is bright.

What You Need to Know about Afghanistan’s Energy Independence

bayatenergylogoRecently, Bayat Energy began a partnership with the government of Afghanistan to develop a three-phase independent power production program. This $250 million investment plan will bring growth, stability, and opportunity to the Sheberghan community, and electricity to the nation as a whole.

In what would be the first gas-fired power plant built since the Soviet era, the Sheberghan power plant brings the latest in technology to Afghanistan, and will provide over 52 MW of power to the nation. By taking advantage of the gas supply present in the area, the plant will reduce the nation’s dependence on outside sources for electricity. In addition, the area will have a safe, reliable source for energy.

The second and third phases of the energy initiative involve further decreasing the nation’s energy dependence on outside sources by scaling the power capacity to over 200 MW in two separate phases. Furthermore, the plant will continue to adopt the newest and most efficient technologies to improve the production of energy, as well as the facility itself.

The power plant will bring jobs for both skilled and unskilled laborers, not only in the Sheberghan community where the plant will be built, but also in communities nationwide which will benefit from increased electricity access.

Dr. Ehsan Bayat has collaborated with humanitarian organizations in the nation of Afghanistan to improve the quality of life for all citizens, regardless of political, religious, or ethnic affiliation. His mission of restoring the dignity of the Afghan nation is moving forward, one project at a time.

Restoring Hope: How a Power Plant Can Boost the Future

Three decades of conflict have devastated the economy of Afghanistan. Marketplaces and infrastructure have crumbled, while employment opportunities have all but disappeared. The entire nation is struggling to rebuild.

In the aftermath of war, there is much to do. People need assistance finding safe, habitable places to live, not to mention jobs and a marketplace that offers food, clothing, and more. While outside nations have rushed to help, perhaps the largest (and most efficient) means of help must come from within. Few, however, have both the ability and the initiative to act. Fortunately, Dr. Ehsan Bayat is both able and motivated to aid the war-torn nation. For Dr. Bayat, this is more than just a terrible situation; it is an opportunity to act. Harnessing the resources of the Bayat Foundation, he strives to assist the most at-risk citizens of Afghanistan and bring hope to the nation.

The Bayat Foundation

The focus of the Bayat Foundation is to bring hope and healing to the neediest members of Afghanistan society. By providing for their basic necessities, the foundation can offer hope where there was none, and inspire a rising generation to build a brighter future for the nation. A consortium of donors has teamed up to find ways to meet the most elemental of needs within the country. They work primarily with women and children, those who face an uncertain future and would otherwise have little opportunity to improve their lives.

bayatfoundationlogoThousands of women benefit from the maternity care programs offered by the Bayat Foundation, which has constructed prenatal and postnatal care centers in eight provinces throughout the country. Women receive free pre-and post-natal care, as well as instruction in baby care. Thus, the mortality rate of women and children in Afghanistan has decreased, and the health of mothers and infants has dramatically improved.

Citizens have likewise benefited from the foundation’s well-water initiatives, which make clean water readily available for use in areas where there is no potable or running water. With the building of wells, clean water can be accessed for cooking, drinking, bathing, and other uses, improving health and preventing the spread of disease.

Family sponsorship programs support entire family groups, providing much-needed funds and supplies to cover necessities. As a result, children do not have to beg in the streets, so they have the opportunity to attend school. Additionally, families receive blankets, food, and clothing during the winter months, assistance that is particularly important in the most remote provinces.