24 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-079

ISAF PRT works with provincial leaders
to bring positive changes in Nuristan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Members of the Nuristan Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) concluded several activities designed to improve education, economic activity, governance and infrastructure in the remote northeastern province March 21.

The Nuristan PRT members held a provincial shura, dedicated a refurbished girls’ school in the village of Nangarach and conducted ground-breaking ceremonies for a new factory and road.

The provincial shura was a three-day meeting of provincial health, education and justice officials, council members, district administrators from Mandol, Nurgram and Dow Ab and representatives of the Nuristan PRT.  During the shura, members discussed their goal of strengthening the security, education, health and economic infrastructure of Nuristan through the facilitation and prioritization of reconstruction and development efforts. 

“In the short time the PRT has been in Nuristan, much has been accomplished. However, there is much work to be done. By combining our energy and strength, we shall overcome the many obstacles affecting the people,” said Taj Mohamed, Nuristan provincial council director.

ISAF personnel serving with PRT Nuristan also rededicated a girls’ school in Nangarach. Although less than three years old, the school’s roof was in complete disrepair and posed a serious hazard to students and staff attending the school. Supported by Nurgram district administrator Mohamed Ali and built by a local contractor and workers, funding for the $16,000 replacement roof was provided through the Nuristan PRT Commander’s Emergency Response Program.

Following the school rededication, provincial ministry officials, council members and Nuristan PRT representatives conducted two groundbreaking ceremonies in the Nurgram district. The first ceremony marked the beginning of construction of a future furniture and masonry factory in Kala Gush. Once completed, the factory will employ more than 100 workers while improving the economic conditions in the area. 

The second ceremony took place at the site of the recently completed Titan Bridge in Nurgram. It marked the commencement of a road construction project from Titan Dara to Kurdar.

“The success in rebuilding the war-battered country depends on building a viable economic, education, health and security system throughout Afghanistan to enhance the prosperity and stability of society and allow the provincial governments to effectively govern their territories said PRT officials. This will also diminish the threat of the Taliban and other extremists. The cooperative efforts of national, provincial and district government officials, along with ISAF forces, such as PRT Nuristan, bring much-needed stability to the people of this war-torn nation,” said Lt Col David Accetta, RC-East spokesman.

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