Despite Delays Village Reconstruction Underway
29 Dec, 2013
In the aftermath of the back to back earthquakes that hit Baluchistan in September, Imran Khan pledged to assist the victims of the natural disaster in any way neccessary. To this end, he dispatched his sister Aleema Khan, along with an IKF Team to conduct a need assessment.
It was decided based on her recommendation that the IKF would intervene in Malaar to reconstruct up to 1000 damaged houses. It was also decided that the IKF would construct a new community center to cater to the almost 1200 families residing in the 3 villages that the IKF effort is centered. Furthermore the IKF plans to repair the numerous tube wells that were damaged during the earthquake and to upgrade them with solar powered submersibles for the pumping of water.
Despite an acute shortage of labour and a perpetually disrupted road infrastructure, the IKF has not abandoned its project in Awaran and in March 2014, the 5 room community center was completed. This community center will serve not just as a meeting place for the villagers but also as a Madrassah and a skill development center for the unemployed men and women of the villages.
The building is made using environmentally friendly earth bag technology. The center is 95% carbon footprint free and made almost entirely with natural building materials. They have excellent thermal performance and are built to withstand moderate to intense earthquakes.
In fact, the houses that the IKF will construct in Awaran are also made of earth bags. It is anticipated that house construction will begin in earnest after the month of Ramadan. The first thirty houses will be built for widows and those with special needs. We hope to complete this project by December 2014. Despite the various logistical constraints we continue to face we will do our best.
Stay tuned for further updates.