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S.A.F.E’s Afghanistan Projects:  2009 - 2016

2009: A Traditional Birth Attendant/Community Health Worker and Literacy project in 2009 was successfully implemented in Saighan district of Bamyan province by The Central Afghanistan Committee (CAWC), training 27 women from 10 villages. The 9 month program was effectively completed in December 2009.


2009: The Solar Electrification of Dehlona Girls High School in Saighan was successfully completed on 16th July 2009. This was Part I of a two phase project to provide Computer Training for boys and girls from the boys and girls High Schools, teaching, administrative, and local government staff.


2009-2010: Computers & Computer Training project was completed on 30th November 2010:

Computers and ancillary equipment were installed and the laptops placed behind glass screens in individual desks. The trainees used separate keyboards and ‘mice’ during training. 6 laptop computers, a scanner, a printer, a projector and associated equipment, as well as provision of training for 6 months + a further six months training (1st June - 30th November 2011)

The Governor of Bamyan, H.E. Habiba Surabi, on 24th Oct. stated that she had been to Bamyan City for the ‘Concorde’ University Entrance Examinations, and noticed a number of girls who she had never noticed or even heard about before, a unique occasion. It was established that most of the girls (10) had attended the SAFE Computer Training classes in Saighan.


2010 October: Saighan Water Supply Scheme:

Water of Life Project 2010 - (Bishop’s Appeal World Aid Development Programme)

The Water Supply Project, in conjunction with a 2 month course of Hygiene Education for the women, addressed the issue of disease caused by polluted water, and provided filtered and clean potable water for the communities. The entire water supply is ‘gravity fed’ and no pump or other device has been employed. The water is filtered before entering the first reservoir, and has also been professionally tested.

The District manager, considered the project to be one of the best, if not the best, that had been implemented in the district. Beneficiaries: approximately 3000 people.

30 individual Tap Stations, 2 reservoirs, and 1 water tank with taps: Total plastic pipe used: 4.1 Kms or (2.6 miles)!


2011: A Micro-Hydro Project for Chacha and Qala villages in Begal Valley of Bamyan province.

Approximately 1500 people, 200 households. Each household now has 4 lights, and the water mill will be used during the day for milling wheat after the harvest.


2012: Shahidan Clinic Greenery & Clinic Compound Playground Project.

2 seesaws, 2 slides, 2 swings, 8 benches, a covered area and table have been constructed and installed in the grounds for patients, relatives and their children. Pine needle trees and shrubs have also been planted. In addition, an extensive brick lined and gravelled walkway has also been constructed and fine river sand spread in the playground area.


2011 & 2014: Limited financial assistance to Refah Private Co-Educational Primary School in Dasht-e-Barchi, District 13 Kabul City:

SAFE has provided limited financial assistance (Chairs and tables for students, a white board, & teaching support tools, Science equipment, gravel, a laptop & printer) to Refah Private Co-Educational Primary School in Dasht-e-Barchi, Kabul. Refah reported that they hosted a very successful summer school for Korean-American students and teachers in 2013. Refah’s pupils are drawn from the poor carpet-weaving community the district. The bulk of the population in District 13 is of Hazara ethnicity.


2012: A Water Supply Scheme for Chacha and Qala Villages, (200+ households), and a two month Hygiene Training Course: Begal Valley, Bamyan province.

The project, modelled on the unique one funded by Bishops’ Appeal 2010 “Water of Life Project 2010”, is limited to 200 households and 2 Mosques.

2 reinforced concrete reservoirs and 18 tap stations have been constructed, ensuring much easier access to safe drinking water, as well as the households benefitting from a Hygiene Training course.

The source of water for the scheme is a fountain of two adjoining springs that are located at a distance of 2,400 metres (2.4 km) from Chacha village and 2,600 metres (2.6 km) from Qala village.


April/May 2013: Shahidan Clinic wall:

The wall was necessary to provide essential privacy & security, as well as protection against bitingly cold winds during the winter and dust during the summer. Brick masonry was used for the construction of the Shahidan Clinic boundary wall from its original 95cm height to the required height of 2.2 Metres.

As additional support to ensure the wall is strengthened, brick columns were constructed every 3 metres, with a thickness of one and half bricks

A 10 cm RCC peak was constructed on top of the wall to prevent damage by rain and snow, and the wall was then plastered and painted.


2014-2015: 12 months Honey and Beekeeping training in 3 villages in the Saighan district of Bamyan province, Afghanistan.

1st May 2014 to 30th April 2015 for 18 couples (husband and wife).

The production of honey and growth of the colonies varied in the three villages depending on the individual performances of the beekeepers. Between 16–28 kg of honey was harvested by each couple in the three villages, which is fairly satisfactory for the first year. The business is optimistically expected to flourish once the products get into larger markets in bulk.

Altogether a very satisfactory 12 month project and carried out by Afghans for Afghans, with absolutely no expatriate involvement. The choosing of 18 couples (man and wife) worked extremely well and the Chairman was very happy to notice the excellent rapport between man and wife in the overall maintenance of the hives and extraction of honey.


May 2015 & 2016: SAFE contributed, through ‘Kickstarter’, to the air travel, Irish visa, and board and lodging expenses of a 32 year old Afghan lady, Masooma Ibrahimi who was awarded a scholarship to attend the 10th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights & Advocacy held in Galway University from June 18th–27th in 2015.

This year, 2016, her short films got two awards from 2 festivals best short film award in international women film festival in Herat and best script award in International Human Rights film festival in Kabul.

Her documentary ‘SWAP’, was shortlisted in the eighth annual Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) Human Rights Film Awards, held in Dublin’s Light House Cinema on June 30th 2016.


2016-2017: SAFE is replicating the Beekeeping project in 2016, again in the Saighan district. 12 couples from Khwajagange and 2 couples from each of the three villages selected for training in 2014, which ensures continuity and a sharing of knowledge. Khwajagange includes a number of sub-villages.

Two officials from the Bamyan Dept. of Agriculture visited the villages in August and examined all the hives. They reported to CAWC that having inspected the project in all the villages, including the ’14-’15 beekeepers, they found the Training Project to be successful and very good indeed. They also reported that all hives, both last year and current year, are free of any infections and in good health.

SAFE’s unique ’14 project has resulted in a desire amongst many village communities to engage in such a small home industry.

From 2017 onwards those that have been trained must then train others.


Refah-Class 1A 2010

SAFE TBA Training & Refresher Project 2009 & 2010

Jars of honey for Ireland!

Masoam & her 3 hives

Dr. Sima Samar (Chairperson of AIHRC) with Chairperson of SAFE (International Peace Prize Tipperary 2011)


Some of S.A.F.E’s Projects in Afghanistan: 2009–2016