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Your one Euro is worth seven


The wall protects the school from being flooded.
The wall brings hope to students and teachers at the local school.

How can your money grow to seven times its value?
 
While you are reading this, a stone wall is being built in Afghanistan. Not far from the wall is a school where 1,100 Afghan girls and boys from three poor villages learn how to read and write, and where 24 teachers make a living to support their families.
 
It is costly to build the wall. So why does Mission East not spend the money on school books or chalk? What good is a pile of rocks for the children, who could buy a large amount of pencils and books for the same amount of money? The explanation is very simple and illustrates the kind of work, which increasingly is needed in countries like Nepal, Tajikistan and Afghanistan; work that prevents the massive and tragic consequences of more and more natural disasters such as mudslides, earthquakes and floods.
 
Water moving closer
The school has cost about 67.000 Euros to build and is located in the province of Badakhshan, where the population struggles with an increasing number of landslides and floods. In recent years, the nearby river has “eaten” away more and more of the bank and the water is moving closer and closer to the school. At the same time the river threatens to flood the agricultural fields around the school and destroy the harvest.
 
If the water during a spring flood reaches the building, the clean-up, rebuilding and replacement of damaged school materials and destroyed crops will cost several times more than it will cost to build the stone wall which protects against the damages. Not to mention the lives that can be saved.
 
The World Bank estimates that it costs seven times more to respond to a natural disaster, than to prevent its impact through risk reduction. For every Euro spent to build a wall in Afghanistan the value is multiplied for the school and the fields nearby.