Afghan Community Project
CAWC has been a Non-Governmental Organization registered with the Ministry of Economy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan since 1989. Their mission is to increase socio-economical opportunities through sustainable integrated rural development and advocate gender equality to promote peace, justice, and democratic values in Afghanistan. Executive Director Nik M. Ahmadi has been a solid pillar of development in Afghanistan for over 20 years. His work is recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as an official implementing partner.
According to the UNHCR, there are over 680,000 Internally displaced peoples in Afghanistan, 24,000 of them are returning refugees. Many returnees have migrated to towns and cities, contributing to the country's rapid urbanization, as rising poverty and unemployment in urban centers prevent them from reintegrating into society. Scarce resources and limited basic infrastructure are linked to poor employment opportunities, which also affect the sustainable reintegration of Afghan returnees.
In a rural, impoverished area of Mazar E Sharif, there is a dry, desolate piece of land that we plan to create opportunity for a sustainable lifestyle for 100’s of families of internally displaced persons through the implementation of water systems and permanent housing. Prior to Zam Zam Water, this area was uninhabitable due to lack of access to water and shelter. Our developmental plan consists of a multi-phase, multi-year project designed to build an entire community to sustain life for generations.
We have dug a 600 ft. deep, 20 ft. wide water well and constructed a 50 ft. high water reservoir that can hold over 30,000 L's of water that is capable of serving over 500 families. The water scheme plan will require the community to institute an equal-gendered water committee to oversee the maintenance and democratic regulation of the water.
We will install a water-distribution piping system throughout the village to bring water to every home. It will decrease the amount of water-borne diseases that are caused due to lack of sanitation and will allow regulation of water usage by the water committee. CAWC also provides knowledge-based training to the villagers and employs from within the community to provide an opportunity for them to earn a living and instill responsibility that allows them to be self-sufficient.
We have begun to build over 20 homes for displaced families to permanently live in. We have provided doors, windows, roofing, tools, generators, and other supplies, for these homes to be built. We also require the families to contribute by working towards building the homes with the assistance of CAWC professionals. Contingent upon funding, we will provide electricity to the homes through hydro-powered electricity, solar-powered energy, or multiple gasoline generators.