Afghan women plan for future

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Written by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Holly Hess, Provincial Reconstruction Team Panjshir Monday, 26 July 2010 12:17

 

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Allison Cherkosly, Clifton Park, N.Y., native and Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team civil affairs member, assists Annisa Gul, District Development Assembly for women’s affairs in the Paryan District, by holding paperwork while Gul signs the document with her thumb print. The Panjshir PRT met with Gul to discuss various women's affairs projects and to make a humanitarian drop to a girls' school in the Paryan District. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Holly A. Hess, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Members of Provincial Reconstruction Team Panjshir met with Annisa Gul of the District Development Assembly for women’s affairs in the Paryan District July 24 to discuss various projects and make a humanitarian assistance drop.

The women’s affairs representatives from the DDA report women’s affairs issues from their district area to the district governor and provincial development council in order to make improvements in their specific area.

 

“We are working on promoting women’s education and getting supplies,” said Gul, through an interpreter. “We are also working on getting electricity for the girls’ school.”

Gul said she has big plans for the future and has worked hard since being elected to the position six months ago. She works with a women’s shura that helps her read, write and create project ideas.

“We are working on getting a sewing project and maybe a carpet loom for Paryan,” she said. “If we get a loom we could sell to the shops in Paryan for profit.”

Grants from the U.S. Embassy are available specifically for women’s affairs projects, said U.S. Army Spc. Allison Cherkosly, a Clifton Park, N.Y., native and Panjshir PRT civil affairs member.

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carolyn McIlvaine, a Westfield, Mass., native and Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team medical team noncommissioned officer in charge, hands out book bags to girls in the village of Kohe-sur. PRT Panjshir met with the Paryan District Development Assembly for women's affairs to discuss various projects and make a humanitarian drop to a girls' school in the Paryan District. (Photo by U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Holly A. Hess, Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)“They are underutilized because most people don’t know about them,” said Cherkosly. “That is where the PRT comes in. We will help her submit the projects.”

After the discussions on future women’s affairs projects, Gul accompanied the PRT to Kohe-sur Village to make a humanitarian assistance drop for a girls’ school.

Members of the Panjshir PRT civil affairs team dropped off more than 200 book bags, school supplies and a tent.

In the village, school is conducted all year on a dirt mound with more than 200 students.

“We will use the tent to help protect the students from weather,” said Hajj Shah Wali, a National Solidarity Program member and schoolteacher in the village.

These supplies encourage more girls to go to school and are important because they need things like pencils, to learn, said Wali.

Within the next several weeks, a permanent tent will be brought to the village by the Panjshir PRT civil affairs team in addition to winter clothes for the upcoming cold-weather months.

“These people are really happy to receive help,” said Haji Shahwali, Community Development Council leader for the Kohe-sur Village. “The PRT is the first to provide help for the village, and we are very thankful.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 05:36