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TO REBUILD RUINED TOWNS,
HOUSE HOMELESS AFGHAN REFUGEES
Beach, Calif. -- While government aid officials and international agencies
struggle with the problems of housing thousands of Afghans whose homes have been
destroyed in 24 years of warfare, an Afghan-American architect and his
associates here have come up with detailed low-cost plans for rapid
reconstruction, adaptable from single houses or the smallest village to the
ruined urban neighborhoods of bombed-out Kabul.
and raised in
to help restore his ruined homeland, Azizi and his associates -- who include
planners and structural, civil and environmental engineers -- have developed a
series of flexible plans for houses, schools, and entire villages and towns
which can be adapted to the widely varied traditional styles, lifestyles and
environments of Afghanistan's rugged landscape and multicultural society.
They can be built with local labor at low cost, less than pre-fabs, thus
providing jobs and training for Afghan builders and craftsmen, who can also take
pride in rebuilding their country with their own hands. Built
of adobe using modern techniques, they can provide permanent hubs for future
expansion and development.
plans for "The Village of Hope" projects include not only houses but
community facilities -- schools, clinics, shops, mosques, and parks -- and
infrastructure. Since many Afghans
have been crippled by land mines, everything is accessible to the handicapped.
the assistance of the nonprofit Afghanistan Rescue Effort of Bloomfield, CT.,
Azizi is currently working to raise $3.5 million for a pilot demonstration
project. He estimates that it will
take six months to complete the first village, but the program can be
implemented on a national scale to build 100,000 homes per year -- enabling
thousands of former fighters to exchange their guns for construction jobs and
skills. The plan includes training and step-by-step instructional material that
will enable local builders to proceed on their own long after foreign aid
programs have ended.
attached; additional drawings available on request.
Afghan Network Bulletin No. 324-300-2002-10