04 Jan 2008

PR# 2008-004

Bagram PRT opens school, clinic in Mahmood Raqi

Afghan children sing during a grand-opening ceremony for the Zalmai Shahid Secondary School, Mahmood Raqi District, Kapisa Province.
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KABUL, Afghanistan – Kapisa Provincial Government representatives and members from the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) recently opened a school and health clinic in Mahmood Raqi District, Kapisa Province.

Capt. Jordan Berry, ISAF’s Bagram PRT Kapisa Civil Affairs team leader, and Hatan, Afghan Ministry of Education representative, sliced the ribbon on the eight-room, $122,000 school.

“You can send your children to school now,” said Hatan. “Please send your children here for an education.”

Capt. Jordan Berry, Bagram PRT Kapisa Civil Affairs team leader, receives a turban from Hatan, Afghan Ministry of Education representative, for helping rebuild Kapisa.
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The Zalmai Shahid Secondary School, which took more than 10 months to build, will house approximately 240 boys, ages 10 – 15.

The ISAF PRT builds clinics and schools where there are existing programs that don’t have adequate facilities.

Construction on the clinic began Feb. 3, 2007, and although the province has officially opened the doors, some finishing work still needs to be done.

For his help rebuilding Kapisa Province, Hatan presented Captain Berry with a turban, which he says is a great honor in Afghanistan.

“This is a new year … and we have many new projects planned for Kapisa,” said Captain Berry. “I would like to thank the people of Kapisa for giving us security and allowing us to put so many projects here.”

According to Captain Berry, the PRT is looking to fund $30 million worth of development projects in Kapisa this year.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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