Mediothek Afghanistan has been working through community and media centers in several provinces of Afghanistan and in Pakistan, the works and activities of Mediothek Afghanistan are conducted in four major areas:
1. Civil Education
2. Media Development
3. Development of Art and Culture
4. Community Services
The history of Mediothek’s community services has been going back to the first years of 2000s. Mediothek Afghanistan has initiated its community services program with the construction of and provision of facilities for several schools in Kabul, Khost and Baghlan provinces.
For example Mediothek constructed a school in Qala-e-Murad Big in Kabul province, Zaghonah School in Wardak province, (?) in Zazee district of Paktia province, Awasta School in Khenjan district of Baghlan province.
Mediothek also provided house to house vocational education and trainings such tailoring for women, parallel to this it also provided literacy programs mostly for women in Kabul and supported educational programs in schools across Afghanistan and supported Afghan refugees in Peshawar of Pakistan. And these services were provided even under the Taliban regime and very tense circumstances.
Since the beginning of 2009 Mediothek’s community services expanded and become a main focus of its work, and reached into Northwestern provinces of Afghanistan.
From the outset of 2009 Mediothek Afghanistan has been consistently providing community services alongside its other services such as civil programs, social programs, media development programs and education.
Mediothek has been working in villages and remote areas and with the neediest of the people. With the financial support and backing of UNHCR and close collaboration and technical assistance of the provincial Departments for refugees and other Afghan agencies Mediothek provides a wide range of community services in the Northeastern provinces of Afghanistan.
The main focus of these programs is to support repatriating families and internally displaced people in the least developed and impoverished communities.
Mediothek’s community services are mainly focused on the following areas:
- Inspecting, analyzing and researching about the living conditions of returnees and displaced people in village, district and provincial levels. The researches and analysis we conduct on about the living conditions of refugees and returnees or displaced people are particularly designed to accurately identify the neediest of the citizens and therefore help international organizations and Afghan government (sartorial agencies) to make informed decisions about development and other relief programs.
- Education trainings, workshops, seminars and public awareness programs about basic health and sanitation issues, family rights, right to education, right of labor, peaceful co-existence, gender issues, family management, and division of labor within families. Experienced and highly trained male and female trainers are recruited and sent to villages, districts and communities to train citizens in these important social issues. From 2009 to the end of 2013 more the 3000 men and women have been directly benefited from these programs.
- Providing vocational programs and employment opportunities: based on the policies of UNHCR and the Afghan government, returnees, refugees and displaced people should be assisted in improving their livelihood and economic development. And one of our program to achieve this objective is our vocational training programs and employment opportunities such as tailoring, carpentry, training on metal work, development of technical skills in pluming, electricity, poultry husbandry and beekeeping and many more… by the end of the 2013 more thousands of eligible families have been directly benefited by the vocational trainings an employment opportunities which are supported by UNHCR and implemented and managed by Mediothek Afghanistan in Northeastern provinces of Afghanistan.
- Construction of shelters: thousands of families have returned from Iran and Pakistan following the installment of the new government in Afghanistan in 2001, and most of the returnees returned to their communities had lost their homes to wars and conflicts, and virtually had no space to live in. likewise, internally displaced people were also in dire need of shelters, because these people were living in completely open spaces. Since 2009 Mediothek Afghanistan with the support of UNHCR has been managing the construction of UNHCR funded shelters’ program, and by the end of 2013 thousands of families are directly benefited from the shelter program in Kunduz, Takhar and Baghalan provinces. Each shelter is equipped with two bedrooms, one living room, one hallway and one bathroom. The shelters are constructed from basic, but high quality materials by the families themselves, while Mediothek Afghanistan is monitoring the construction process, provides guidance, implement the construction map and provide needed construction materials.
- Clean drinking water supply through drilling water wells: Since 2009, Mediothek Afghanistan with the support of UNHCR has dag more than…wells, supplying fresh and clean drinking water for the residents in villages and areas of Takhar, Baghlan and Kunduz provinces. Most of the wells are drilled in refugee’s comps for displaced citizens and in villages where most of the returnees have repatriated.
- Construction of roads, culverts and retaining wall to facilitate access to market. Since the beginning of 2009 dozen kilometers of road, hundreds of meters of retaining walls to prevent the damage of natural disasters, and dozen culverts are constructed in different villages of Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan provinces, here is a summary of the work compeleted in this area:
- Construction of 120 meters of retaining walls in Qulbers village of Takhar province, most the beneficiaries are Gujer people…
- Construction of more than 30 meters of retaining wall in Aqmasjed village of Khawajaghar district of Takhar province
- Construction of 500 meter of retaining wall in Kaylagai village of Dushee district of Baghlan province, preventing huge losses due to seasonal flooding…
- Construction of a 150 retaining wall in Khamdaan village of Zakhiel, this wall will re-enforce and support an irrigation canal, and protect the shelters and homes of displaced people, mostly Gujer and Uzbek people…
- Construction of a road from Qurteeb district of SheerKhan Prot to Imam Sahib District of Kunduz province…
- Construction of the main road and culverts of Aqtapah village of Qale-e-Zall district of Kunduz province…
- And, construction of more the twenty small and big bridges and culverts in villages such as Baharloo, Jookado, Aqmasjed, Mamaee of Khawajaghar district, Qulbers and Polqaq village of Taleqan city, capital of Takhar province.
- Model Village and development programs: according to a new strategy of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and following a through survey of different villages in three different provinces of Takhar, Baghlan and Kunuz by UN agencies and sartorial agencies of Afghan government and with the support of Mediothek Afghanistan, the Qazel Sai village of Ali Abad of Kunduz province was chosen as model village. 420 families, both returnees and permanent resident are living in the village. The model village program including the following aspects:
- Construction of a school with eight classrooms, park, playground for volleyball and football…
- Construction of a community center with a big meeting hall and two offices…
- Construction of shelters for 70 families, each shelter with two rooms (each five meters)
- Education trainings, workshops, seminars and public awareness programs about family rights, right to education, right of labor, peaceful co-existence, gender issues, family management, and division of labor with families, in the course of 2012 and 2013 more than 1000 men and women benefited from these programs.
- Construction of 2300 meters of road and building of three gutters and small bridges, connecting Sheenwari and Qomandaan Sohbat villages to the main road thus facilitating access to market…
- Provision of clean and safe drinking water facilities with the contraction of water supply network and installment of solar system and drilling of semi-deep water wells…
- Concreting of a 450 meter irrigation cannel and of a 250 meter retaining wall in order to support and strengthen agriculture and prevent natural disasters.
- Construction of a cricket playground, provision of uniform and training of the teams of cricket with the help of the Kunduz federation of cricket…
- Construction of four reservoirs for collection of rain water in areas where water is scarce…
- Distribution of winter materials (food and non-food items): distribution of food and non-food items is an important part of UNHCR and WFP programs, these items are mostly distributed to returnees, internally displaced and local eligible citizens. Mediothek was managing and implementing the distribution and identification of needy and eligible families to receive these items in four Northeastern provinces (Takhar, Badakhshan, Baghlan and Kunduz), all the process was managed by the provincial Department of refugees. In the course of the past 5 year thousands of families were directly benefited from these programs.