Tajikistan

ADRA Tajikistan receives school reconstruction grant

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Dushanbe, Tajikistan - On February 12, 2003, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) office in Tajikistan received a grant from the Government of Japan for a school reconstruction project benefiting 1,500 children in Garm, part of the poorest region in Tajikistan. Construction is set to begin on April 1, 2003 and finish by the beginning of the academic year, September 1, 2003.
Totaling $59,000, the grant provides funding for building materials for the reconstruction of the main building of a school located in the mountainous area of Garm. Since the school was destroyed in the civil war, local children have continued to meet there despite a failing roof, destroyed electric cables, missing window glass, unreliable electricity, and cold indoor temperatures. In addition, since it's destruction, only half of the local children have been able to attend the school. The rest must attend schools located far from home and often miss classes during the severe winter months due to poor road conditions and lack of transportation.

Currently, the strategy of Tajikistan's Ministry of Education and the development focus of many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in that country is aimed at the education of women and inhabitants of mountain regions of the country.

This is ADRA Tajikistan's first education project. In 2002, ADRA Tajikistan distributed non-food items (blankets, kitchen sets and hygiene kits) in the Badakhshan Province of Northern Afghanistan to 12,500 families; clothes and shoes to 18,548 people of the vulnerable population in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and nearby city districts; and distributed food items to hospitals and to the vulnerable people in the Karetegin Valley, Tajikistan.

ADRA Tajikistan has partnered with Japan's government on two additional projects. In 1999, the Embassy of Japan in Uzbekistan funded the Gissar Water and Sanitation Project in Tajikistan, and in 2001, the Japan Platform provided the financial support for the implementation of emergency projects in Afghanistan through ADRA Tajikistan.

Providing individual and community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age or ethnicity, ADRA is present in more than 125 countries.

Additional information about ADRA can be found on its website at www.adra.org.

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