Marshall Plan Charities is working closely with the Ministry of Education, the village leadership of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Embassy in Washington DC on plans for a school in the village for Khairabad. The new school will be constructed on the west side of Highway 1 in the Shawz Bazaar area. This location provides easy access and will provide educational services to 400 students from Khairabad who currently have limited to no educational opportunities. We will be updating you on the specifics of the clinic plans after the Marshall Plan Charities team returns from our site trip to Khairabad on August 5-13. We will be partnering with the Lamia Foundation to provide supplies and books to the school. In addition, we hope to use the school in the evening for adult education programs.
Marshall Plan Charities is working closely with thethe village leadership of Afghanistan on plans for a vocational center in the village for Khairabad.
The Vocational Training Center will be constructed in Khairabad. The facility will also be used as a community center for civic and educational activities.
We will be updating you on the specifics of the vocational center after the Marshall Plan Charities team returns from our site trip to Khairabad on August 5-13.
We are currently accepting proposals from NGOs on vocational center projects. All interested parties should email Executive Director, Sarah Lenti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marshall Plan Charities will be working closely with the village leadership of Afghanistan and other donors on water projects in the village of Khairabad. In Khairabad proper, ground water is clean, the water table is 30 meters below ground. A 4 km pipeline provides spring water, but additional drinking wells and deep irrigation wells are needed.
A drinking well will cost $2000-3000 to drill. We are looking at drilling 6-8 new wells to make clean, drinking water more accessible to a larger number of villagers in Khairabad and the surrounding area. We will update our well digging plan after our trip to Khairabad on August 5-13.
Marshall Plan Charities is working closely with the Ministry of Health, the village leadership of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Embassy in Washington DC on plans for a basic-needs health care clinic in Khairabad. The clinic will service the medical needs of approximately 2500 women, children and men . Health concerns in Khairabad include tuberculosis, dysentery, malaria, and influenza. There are no midwives in Khairabad, but we intend to change that. Note that constructing a health clinic in the village of Khairabad is ideal as Khairabad is a central location, providing access to all villages in the Shouz area. We will be updating you on the specifics of the clinic plans after the Marshall Plan Charities team returns from our site trip to Khairabad on August 5-13.
We are partnering with International Medical Corps on medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
Marshall Plan Charities has partnered with NEI to address malnutrition in the village of Khairabad, especially among women and children in rural areas whose mortality rates are among the highest in the world. To defeat rampant malnutrition which is synonymous with protein deficiency, NEI identified protein-rich soybeans as a potential remedy in Afghanistan where soybeans were not cultivated before. Since 2003, NEI has been developing a self-sustainable soy industry through soybean production, processing, and soy food culture development in collaboration with farmers, private sector partners, and the Afghanistan Ministries of Agriculture, Public Health and Women’s Affairs.
This past March, NEI selected 450 farmers throughout the Shindand District in Herat Province. NEI educated farmers and villagers on the nutritional benefit of soybeans and how to cultivate soybeans. Thanks to the donation of Joanne Herring via Marshall Plan Charities, 4.5 tons of soybeans were distrubuted through the Shindand District (and Khairabad is one of the many villages in this district). The 4.5 tons of soybeans will be ready for Harvest this October.
If all goes well, the farmers will harvest 180 tons of soybean. Primarily, they will be consumed at home by the farmers’ families, and they may sell some of the harvest to NEI. Then, NEI will process them into soy milk and soy flour which will be distributed to women and children for humanitarian purpose. With NEI’s soy food culture development, commercial demand is growing so that it motivates farmers to plant more soybeans.