Sat, Oct

Community consultation paid off


community-centreTwo community projects, funded by the international community, in the neighbouring Daman and Arghandab districts in Kandahar province, delighted the elders and the locals.

In Daman district the United Nations (UN) Habitat Program in consultation and support of the local communities, in fulfilling their needs, built a community centre where in addition to the other civil activities, the 22 tribal leaders will be able to hold their weekly Shura meetings.

Traditionally, the elders’ weekly gatherings in which they discuss people's issues were taking place in someone's home.

The centre, according to Faqir Mohammad Khan, the Popalzai tribal leader in the area, will serve the communities multiple needs. "In addition to solving people's problems, we can use the centre to meet with government officials, business representatives and elders of other districts visiting us," he told Sada e Azadi. "We don't have to delay or cancel a major gathering anymore," the tribal leader thanked the international community for providing for their needs.

Like Daman, the neighbouring Arghandab district, with vast plains is home to the thousands of farmers who lost their crops to the seasonal floods.

The UN Habitat program answered their call and implemented a project to build a barrier bank across the plains to protect the agricultural lands spanning both districts. 

John Mohammad, a farmer in Daman district who looks forward to this year's crops without the fear of floods said, "Our crops are our livelihood. The UN-Habitat built this barrier in consultation with the local elders and the farmers. We appreciate it because they understood our needs."

The secondary purpose of the barriers was to bank flood waters, and with the water channels being built as part of the project, distributes it to irrigate the farms when needed.