15 Jan 2008

PR# 2008-025

Bagram PRT delivers coats, shoes to Shoki

KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF’s Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) delivered winter coats and shoes to a village in Kapisa Province, Nijrab District.

ISAF’s PRT works with government officials to decide where people need humanitarian assistance.

“Humanitarian assistance spreads goodwill and provides basic needs, like clothing, to places where people can’t provide for themselves,” said Capt. Erick Saks, Bagram PRT representative.

The PRT, with the help of Shoki’s village elders, handed out winter clothing and shoes for adults and children, which were donated from charities in the United States and purchased with civil affairs funds.

“In the 10 months we’ve have been in country, we have never given humanitarian supplies to this village,” said Captain Saks. “We have often driven by, but we haven’t had the opportunity to stop. Every time we pass, all of these kids run out to the road, many without shoes or coats. I’m really glad we finally had a chance to meet with the elders and help these people.”

After the delivery, the PRT went on to pick up several large tents, which will be delivered to a school in northern Kapisa.

While speaking to Afghans in northern Kapisa last week, they discovered a school that didn’t have any buildings, the captain said. They were having classes in a snow-covered field.

“These tents will help protect these children from the elements since we can’t currently build a school there,” he said.

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