PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A shopkeeper stands by his store in the Bagram Airfield bazaar Dec. 11. The bazaar brings in more than $30,000 into the local economy on a (click for more)
PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A member of the AUP performs a search during an AUP-led operation with Company A, 1st Battalion, 168 Infantry Regiment in Jaji District Dec. 16. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Local children watch members of Kapisa PRT pass as they leave the Abdul Salam High School in Ghayn Valley Dec. 15. (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Maj. Ted A. Broome (right), and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eleazar Vizcaino, both assigned to 358th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services, evaluate a donkey at (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Sher Badir, Manogai District subgovernor, speaks during the election ceremony for the Manogai District Community Council Dec. 9. (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Key elders listen intently while the U.S. and Polish ambassadors, Musa Khan, Ghazni provincial governor, and Amina Safi Afzaly, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, speak (click for more)
U.S. Army Maj. Loren Adams, veternarian from New Liberty, Iowa, supervises as an Afghan veterinarian puts final sutures into a neutered dog at a continuing education conference organized by the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Actor and comedian Robin Williams talks with U.S. Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell, Combined Joint Task Force 101 and Regional Command East commander, before the (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, shakes a little girl's hand during the playground dedication at Ghazni City Orphanage in Ghazni Dec. 15. (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan- A truck full of cement bags and gabions, rock-filled baskets used for fortification, were delivered to the Shutol District Center by a local contractor and Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team civil affairs members to assist in the re-creation of a solid Dehe Kalan irrigation canal Dec. 20.
“A large section of the canal was completely destroyed by the annual flooding in the spring of 2010,” Shutol District Governor Gulab Shah said through an interpreter.
Shah said the canal supplies irrigation and drinking water to approximately 600 to 1,000 families in the villages of Dehe Kalan, Janajoy, Bostan, Chelanak and Ghoran.
"The affected families collected money and worked together to create a fix for the canal which consisted of wooden frames and metal troughs," said U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua O'Keefe of Athens, Mich., Panjshir PRT civil affairs.
However, the wooden frames will not be able to withstand the spring floods, so the PRT offered materials to permanently repair the canal.
"Once the PRT discovered the project’s importance, we immediately started work to supply $5,000 worth of materials consisting of 400 cement bags and 100 gabions to be used as building blocks to support the canal,” said O'Keefe. “The materials will be put into use as soon as the weather permits.”
“If this is not fixed by the next growing season in the summer of 2011, several families will no longer be able to support themselves,” said O’Keefe. “The affected locals know the importance of this canal, and have been laboring to start re-creating a solid canal again.”
The village started the project on their own and the PRT is assisting to expedite the process and provide a more permanent solution.
“The locals are performing the labor but don’t have all the required supplies, otherwise the project would’ve already been completed,” said O’Keefe.
“Our intent is to complete the foundation of the canal before the winter weather prevents work,” said Shah.
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