Hope Turns to Reality in the Union Council of Malana
09 Aug, 2012
“I could not have dreamed that even one home in our village would ever be able to withstand the power of the Indus’s flood waters. Yet now, unbelievably, our entire village has homes made of concrete block.” These were the words of Elahi Baksh, one of the community elders, who has been a resident of Jhok Essar, a village that sits 1km away from the Banks of the Indus. Jhok Essar is one of three villages in UC Malana where the IKF’s Village Development Program was initiated in early 2011. 194 families in Jhok Essar, Jhok Qureshi and Jhok Traily are set to move into their newer and substantially more durable homes. They are built with concrete blocks and are earthquake proof up to 6.0 on the Richter Scale. Hence, it is unlikely that flood waters will cause much, if any, damage to the structure. The work on the houses is in the final stages and completion is expected by August 30th 2012.
Even though homes will be completed by the end of August, work on village infrastructure will continue past the month. At the request of community members, the IKF allocated 3 tractors to help them make a “bund” or barrier to prevent waters from reaching their homes as easily as they have in the past. Hand Pumps have been installed inside the villages themselves, again with labor provided by the residents themselves. The Young Village Volunteers and other older members of the community have taken it upon themselves deliver water to residents, to plant trees and to start leveling the land in front of them homes. Each resident in each of the villages the IKF has intervened in has promised to build the kacha walls surrounding their own homes. These are all positive signs of the meaningful development of these communities. The transformation of lives continues. Stay tuned for further updates.