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S.A.F.E’s Afghanistan Projects:  2009 - 2017



2010 October: Saighan Water Supply Scheme:

Water of Life Project 2010 - (Bishop’s Appeal World Aid Development Programme)

The Water Supply Project, in conjunction with a 2 month course of Hygiene Education for the women, addressed the issue of disease caused by polluted water, and provided filtered and clean potable water for the communities. The entire water supply is ‘gravity fed’ and no pump or other device has been employed. The water is filtered before entering the first reservoir, and has also been professionally tested.

The District manager, considered the project to be one of the best, if not the best, that had been implemented in the district. Beneficiaries: approximately 3000 people.

30 individual Tap Stations, 2 reservoirs, and 1 water tank with taps: Total plastic pipe used: 4.1 Kms or (2.6 miles)!


2011: A Micro-Hydro Project for Chacha and Qala villages in Begal Valley of Bamyan province.

Approximately 1500 people, 200 households. Each household now has 4 lights, and the water mill will be used during the day for milling wheat after the harvest.


2012: Shahidan Clinic Greenery & Clinic Compound Playground Project.

2 seesaws, 2 slides, 2 swings, 8 benches, a covered area and table have been constructed and installed in the grounds for patients, relatives and their children. Pine needle trees and shrubs have also been planted. In addition, an extensive brick lined and gravelled walkway has also been constructed and fine river sand spread in the playground area.


2012: A Water Supply Scheme for Chacha and Qala Villages, (200+ households), and a two month Hygiene Training Course: Begal Valley, Bamyan province.

The project, modelled on the unique one funded by Bishops’ Appeal 2010 “Water of Life Project 2010”, is limited to 200 households and 2 Mosques.

2 reinforced concrete reservoirs and 18 tap stations have been constructed, ensuring much easier access to safe drinking water, as well as the households benefitting from a Hygiene Training course.

The source of water for the scheme is a fountain of two adjoining springs that are located at a distance of 2,400 metres (2.4 km) from Chacha village and 2,600 metres (2.6 km) from Qala village.


April/May 2013: Shahidan Clinic wall:

The wall was necessary to provide essential privacy & security, as well as protection against bitingly cold winds during the winter and dust during the summer. Brick masonry was used for the construction of the Shahidan Clinic boundary wall from its original 95cm height to the required height of 2.2 Metres.

As additional support to ensure the wall is strengthened, brick columns were constructed every 3 metres, with a thickness of one and half bricks

A 10 cm RCC peak was constructed on top of the wall to prevent damage by rain and snow, and the wall was then plastered and painted.


2014-2015: 12 months Honey and Beekeeping training in 3 villages in the Saighan district of Bamyan province, Afghanistan. 1st May 2014 to 30th April 2015 for 18 couples (husband and wife)The production of honey and growth of the colonies varied in the three villages depending on the individual performances of the beekeepers.

Altogether a very satisfactory 12 month project and carried out by Afghans for Afghans, with absolutely no expatriate involvement. The choosing of 18 couples (man and wife) worked extremely well and the Chairman was very happy to notice the excellent rapport between man and wife in the overall maintenance of the hives and extraction of honey. 


2016-2017: SAFE replicated the ’14-‘15 Beekeeping Project, again in the Saighan district.

12 couples from Khwajagange and 2 couples from each of the three villages selected for training in 2014, which ensured continuity and a sharing of knowledge. Khwajagange includes a number of sub-villages.

Unfortunately a number of the beneficiaries-both from the ’14-’15 Project but mainly in the ’16-’17 Project, lost their hives and colonies which had to be incinerated due to a severe infestation (never before experienced) of American Foul Brood disease.

SAFE funded 20 replacements and the project proceeded to a very successful conclusion in June 2017.


From 2017 onwards those that have been trained must now train others who wish to keep bees for commercial


Some of S.A.F.E’s Projects in Afghanistan: 2009–2017

Main Saighan Reservoir 2010


After 2012 Begal water scheme. The widow Armina washing cloth at a tap station in Chacha village.


Shahidan Clinic Compound 2012


Tap Station in Bazaar-23.10.10


Beekeepers from 4 families-Sayeed Baba village


Dr. Sima Samar (Chairperson of AIHRC) with Chairperson of SAFE (International Peace Prize Tipperary 2011)