Monthly Archives: May 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013 – Wrap up in Afghanistan

Most of our day today was at the Kabul office working through some of the long range plans with Vinod and Javid.  It was really good  have him with us in Shebergahn.  We agreed on the need for implementing a procurement policy, looking at alternate building plans and also discussed the cost of implementation. Reviewing

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May 23, 2013 Change for Change

Today was a busy and successful one.  This morning we visited Nisswan II Girls high school, where A Better World supported since 2009. The students were in a chemistry lab when we came. One of the incredible improvements that this school has developed was started by the new principal.  This is a woman who knows

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May 22, 2013-Back in Afghanistan

We arrived yesterday in Kabul, then travelled to Northern Afghanistan where our projects are taking place. This is my sixth trip to Afghanistan and now it is another home. The purpose of this trip is to discuss procedural issues related to the project management and procurement processes. This morning we travelled from Mazar-I-Sharif to Sheberghan,

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Sunday, May 26, 2013 – Grand Opening of Tunika High School in Northern Afghanistan

Another school was opened today in the Sherberghan District in Northern Afghanistan.  We assembled at the Ministry of Education office with full security and medial people.  This area is considered a little bit less secure because it is rural and no one knows if there is Taliban presence in this area.  We have been there

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Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, 2013 – More progress than we expected to see today in Afghanistan

We are following up on previous schools that we built to ensure that they are being maintained and that we are not overlooking the on-going needs due to increased enrollment and other challenges. Today we were pleasantly surprised to visit Maulana School that received 4 classrooms from us and a lab and library this year. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 – Visiting schools with armed police escort/ Replacement of school principals

We had a very rewarding day today in the Sheberghan District in Northern Afghanistan.   It was great to see how well the school projects are coming along and the progress each school is making with the little we have given them.  The Director of Education for the province has made some significant changes to the

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013- In Sheberghan, Northern Afghanistan, visiting schools

We have now arrived in the town where most  of our schools and water projects are located Our first visit was with the Educations officers in the Ministry of Education Azalea is becoming known among the students and staff at the schools that has been built by her efforts and Thanks to all of our

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We have arrived in Afghanistan-Tuesday May 21, 2013

After 24 hours since departing nairobi we flew from Kabul 600 km North to the city of Mazar-I-Sharif, the largest in Northern Afghanistan.  We are with two of our ADRA Afghanistan local project managers with whom we will stay for the rest of our time here. Since it was late, we will continue our journey

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Sunday, May 19, 2013 – Another great trip ends and the group is on its way back to Canada

This afternoon it was back on the boat to the Manda airstrip to fly to Nairobi and then on to Canada. Some via London and some via Amsterdam. Yesterday the Olds College Agriculture team departed after a very successful trip. Helga with Captain abdul sailing to the airport At the new Lamu airport some final

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Saturday, May 18, 2013 -We saw 82 baby turtles being released into the ocean

Our last day in Lamu was a day to catch up on word and relax before our long trip back to Canada tomorrow. One of Melissa’s dream came true today and it was also an exciting adventure for all of us.  We boarded our boats meandering through the mangrove trees to arrive on the Indian

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Friday, May 17, 2013 – Visit to the Lamu Mentally Handicapped school

We set out for our project visit on boats, bus and walking after the bus got stuck. Some of the activities of our group at the school.  Dr Marty Mrazik’ s work was much appreciated by the teachers.  The children looked well and eager to learn.  Most of our team noted that the children felt

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Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Travel day to Lamu

We left Mara and began our drive to the air strip to fly to Nairobi and then on to Lamu. It was a great drive to the airport – seeing many animals.  A lion sleeping on the road. A cheetah avoiding the vans On the plane to Lamu After a whole day of traveling it

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