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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Left to right, Bill Anderson, an engineer technician with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Cernuska, the incoming lead engineer for the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team, stand among the chalk lines Oct. 14 that show the design plan for the new school’s construction in Patoo village in Jaghori District. The school will be for 200 girls and boys, and a soccer field is part of the proposal. Anderson is from Atlanta, Ga. and Cernuska is from Mt. Pleasant, Pa. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Katherine Roling, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)


GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team visited Patoo village in the mountainous district of Jaghori here Oct. 14 to survey a school construction site and a possible location for a new dam.

The team traveled with Afghan National Police and drove in rented cars across bumpy unpaved roads for two hours to reach the remote village where an Afghan contractor was building a school for next year.

Patoo village members introduced their proposal to Angela Szyszlo, Ghazni PRT education specialist from Poland, in a previous visit to the village.

“There were only tents here,” Szyszlo said, recalling her first visit.

Szyszlo went to the PRT engineers, showed them the proposal and what she had seen, and the PRT said they could start the project. When the engineers visited the site Oct. 14, they saw where the land had been leveled by dynamite and chalk lines were drawn in the dirt to show the general layout of the future 12-classroom school.

Currently, 200 students, both boys and girls, are studying in tents during separate times at a location at the foot of the hill.

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan National Policeman points to the location of an old dam Oct. 14 while speaking to a Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team interpreter near Patoo village in Jaghori District. The ANP escorted the Ghazni PRT through the mountainous district of Jaghori to check on projects and do site surveys. The river, which was nearly dried up, could rise 6.5 feet when snow melts from the mountains. The PRT wanted to survey the site to see if they could reconstruct a dam to hold water for agricultural purposes. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Katherine Roling, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)The PRT also learned that the last 20 days were spent starting the foundation to set up for the masonry work.

“We started so late in the season, we hope they’ll get the foundation done before the winter, and then we’ll have them start back up in March and finish this next building season,” said Bill Anderson, an engineer technician with the United States Army Corps of Engineers from Atlanta, Ga.

The school did have one different addition to it – a proposed soccer field.

“A normal school design doesn’t have a soccer field, but we asked for it,” Anderson said. “Just to let the kids have a flat space to kick a soccer ball around is value added. All the flat space in this mountainous area is being used already.”

After surveying the school’s construction site, the team visited a nearby river where an old dam was crumbling and no longer in working order. Locals said the waters rose last year to about 2 meters high, or 6.5 feet.  

“The dam would be used to capture the melted snow for agricultural purposes,” said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mike Cernuska, the incoming lead engineer for the PRT. “This site doesn’t have the flow power to sustain a hydroelectric dam,” said the Mt. Pleasant, Pa., native.


GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan contract workers break rocks Oct. 14 that will be used for the new school in Patoo village, Jahori District. The school construction is funded by the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team and the engineers plan to have it finished in 2011. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Katherine Roling, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 14:27


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