As a part of our ongoing commitment to the work of Afghanaid and vulnerable communities we visit, Wild Frontiers is supporting an ongoing disaster management initiative in the Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan.
A $1000USD donation from the trip funds of our Afghanistan Wakhan Pamir Adventure, which recently visited the remote north-eastern province, will support the project and helps local villages to better prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters in order to reduce their impact.
‘Thank you to Wild Frontiers and everyone who travelled on the Wakhan Pamir Adventure 2017 for your generous donation of $1000USD. Your generosity will help more vulnerable communities in Badakhshan province to prepare for natural disaster.’ - Afghanaid
In the remote rural regions of Afghanistan, poor communities are made more vulnerable by the regular occurrence of natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. For the 80% of Afghans who are reliant on natural resources to meet their daily needs, being vulnerable to natural hazards means being at risk of losing everything.
Afghanaid, along with their partners in the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium, are setting up community disaster management committees in nine of Afghanistan’s most at-risk provinces, including Badakhsha. The committees are given practical knowledge and training such as how to identify hazards, how to alert other villagers of flooding, and how to get to higher ground. They are also supplied with equipment such as first aid kits, shovels, megaphones and wheelbarrows to mount search and rescue operations, along with seeds to replant destroyed crops.
Alongside this extensive training programme, Afghanaid is helping communities to reduce the impact of future floods by constructing flood protection walls, digging trenches and planting trees.
The initiative has also been introduced into some secondary schools, giving young people the knowledge and skills required to unlock their potential and help build a more resilient future for their communities.