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By Andrew McEwan, Mission East volunteer. February 2008 On a snowy morning in Kulyob, a young man is throwing a coiled rope across the yard of the Committee of Emergency Situations (CoES). With great promise, it travels five meters in the direction of the opposite ‘river bank’ before becoming tangled and jerking short of its destination. The man gives the rope a bemused look and begins re-coiling it. By the look on the instructor’s face, this is not unexpected. He gives a smile and a nod and shows the group how to coil a rope properly, so it will unwind neatly in mid-air. The man gets...
This February, Mission East started a new project, the main objective of which is to improve life for poor villagers in Tajikistan. 38,000 people will benefit from the help that includes agricultural training and support to women’s enterprise.   The purpose of the project in Tajikistan is to make the villagers self sufficient by growing their own food or through other forms of livelihood which bring in enough income to cover the basics of life, including food,clothes, medicine and schooling. At the same time, the project will address the issue of stigmatization of disability, with a direct...
Emergency help reaches Tadjikistan
From emergency food aid to long-term development. In the autumn 2007 Mission East had been in Tajikistan for ten years.  September 2007   "When we got off the plane our luggage was already on the runway. The plane closed the doors behind us and took off right away without any new passengers. There was no passport control. No customs officers." "While we were on the plane, fighting in the country had broken out again, for the first time in several months. We didn’t know, but other relief organisations had left the country. The streets were deserted. Only soldiers were to be seen." The above...
Map being hung up on the wall of a house
Mission East and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding forming a strategic partnership in disaster risk reduction activities in Tajikistan. The partnership will expand Mission East’s network considerably in Tajikistan and internationally. Under the agreement, both agencies will improve their activities within their respective regions of operations (Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) for FOCUS, and Khathlon and Sughd provinces for Mission East). Initially, FOCUS and Mission East will collaborate to support their 2007-2008 projects supported by...
During the Communist regime in the ex-Soviet republic of Tajikistan everything was decided centrally. After the collapse of the Soviet regime and the civil war which followed, the country faces huge challenges of governance and of poverty. Mission East helps numerous communities to take development into their own hands. Peter Blum Samuelsen, Vice-Managing Director of Mission East has been to Tajikistan.   “I am excited by how far we have come working together here in our village. Previously we just tried to survive each on our own, but now we have a strong community organisation that...
On 6th April 2006 Mission East signed an important contract with European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) for a new project in Tajikistan. The project involves disaster risk reduction in Tajikistan and is being carried out in partnership with the organisation Shelter For Life. It extends Mission East’s current disaster risk reduction activities (flood prevention and early warning systems) into the area of earthquake preparedness. There is a great need for exactly this kind of project in Tajikistan. It is a mountainous earthquake-prone country with a high level of poverty. Many...
There is nothing magnificent about a tap. But for the people in the Porvor village, it has changed their life dramatically. Porvor village is situated in the mountains of Tajikistan and has 750 inhabitants. During the Soviet regime, the area was isolated and the village forgotten. Since then, the village has become poorer and poorer. The biggest need in Porvor has been access to clean water. Mission East has solved that problem by installing taps in the village. Lalmo Kholmadova, known in the village as Aunt Lalmo, describes the life before they had access to clean water: “We fetched...

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