2010 October: Saighan Water Supply
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
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.
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,
1st May 2014 to 30th April 2015 for 18 couples (husband
production of honey and growth of the colonies varied in
the three villages depending on the individual
performances of the beekeepers.
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.
2016-2017: SAFE replicated the ’14-‘15 Beekeeping
Project, again in the Saighan district.
couples from Khwajagange and 2 couples from each of the
three villages selected for training in 2014, which
ensured continuity and a sharing of knowledge.
Khwajagange includes a number of sub-villages.
Unfortunately a number of the beneficiaries-both from
the ’14-’15 Project but mainly in the ’16-’17 Project,
lost their hives and colonies which had to be
incinerated due to a severe infestation (never before
experienced) of American Foul Brood disease.
SAFE funded 20 replacements and the project proceeded to
a very successful conclusion in June 2017.
From 2017 onwards those that have been trained must now
train others who wish to keep bees for commercial