Road Construction and Rehabilitation in Nangal Valley, Nuristan

Kamdesh is a district of Nuristan province that borders Pakistan. Due to its high level of insecurity, and therefore the absence of government authorities and NGOs, Kamdesh has very limited infrastructures.

 

Because of the absence of road, the inhabitants of Nangal valley have great difficulties accessing the nearby market and clinic. In some cases, they don’t have other choice then carrying sick people on their back to bring them to the clinic.

 

Mr. Samiullah, one of Nangal valley community elder, even mentioned the story of a pregnant woman who had to deliver her baby on the way because she had not been able to reach the clinic on time.

 

Considering the instability and the security threats within the area, MADERA team in Nuristan conducted a pre-project assessment to evaluate the feasibility of the project. To ensure acceptance of the project, MADERA undertook negotiations with the communities, and notably the community elders to make sure of their commitment. This preparatory work was key in the successful implementation of the project.

 

Following this preparatory work, the actual rehabilitation and construction of the road was carried out by SHPOUL (an Afghan NGO). 3.5km of road connecting Nari district (Kunar province) to Nangal-e-Markazi village (Nangal Valley, Kamdesh district) were rehabilitated. 2.5km of road connecting Nangal-e-Markazi to Petaw Kaly (Kamdesh district) were constructed. All the work was done manually as no machinery could access the area. The road was completed after 3 months of work.

 

Nangal Valley inhabitants are rehabilitating the road leading from Petaw Kaly village (Nuristan) to Nari district (Kunar)

Thanks to the construction of the road, inhabitants of Nangal valley can now easily access the market and the clinic by car. Community elders also mentioned that no infrastructure project had taken place in their area for the past 10 years, and where therefore really grateful to the partners for implementing such as project.

 

This project brought several benefits, including short time job opportunities to economically-stressed people; food to particularly vulnerable people; greater access to essential infrastructures (market, clinic and school); reduction in transportation costs; facilitated access for other organisations.

 

265 community members were mobilized to carry out the work and received monthly food packages (75 kg of wheat, 10 kg of pulses, 7.4 kg of vegetal oil, and 0.5 kg of salt) in exchange for their work.

 

More than 1,800 individuals (workers and their family members) benefitted from this action.

 

Project beneficiaries receiving their food package