Through partnerships with local and international NGOs that work with local communities in Mazar-e-Sharif, we aim to improve health services and educational resources available to the people of Mazar-e-Sharif and its surrounding area. In Australia it is hard to imagine the consequences of dire poverty and damage caused by thirty years of war and unrest. However, the reality is that every contribution that we make – small or large – can help improve the situation of the people of one of the poorest and most unstable countries in the world. AusGhan Aid is committed to best practices in all of its work, both in fundraising and in implementation of health and education projects on the ground in Afghanistan.
AusGhan AId raised sufficient funds to purchase a heavy duty ambulance to enable safe and comfortable transport for people in need of medical care who would otherwise be dependent on rudimentary forms of transport. The ambulance was purchased in Dubai in 2011 and shipped to Mazar-e-Sharif.
Currently, the ambulance is the only one in operation among the 76 villages in Balkh province. To date the majority of the ambulance transfers are from Shar Shar Clinic in Najaf’s childhood village to Mazar-e-Sharif, 50 kilometres away and because of poor road conditions this trip can take between one and a half to four hours. Prior to the ambulance servicing the area, people had to make the journey by donkey or horseback which can take 12 to14 hours to reach the hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif to seek medical attention.
Since commencing the service in 2012, 155 patients have been transferred in the AusGhan Aid ambulance. The funds raised by AusGhan Aid are used to support the day-to-day operations of the ambulance that is a free service. We require in the vicinity of $1,200 per month to cover the following expenses
AusGhan Aid is working toward the construction of a new ambulance depot and despatch centre attached to the current medical clinic in the village of Shar Shar. Najaf and his family have generously donated the land for this project from their private family holding.
In education, AusGhan Aid is establishing the framework and working to target possible partnerships to establish community-based education facility in the village of Shar Shar. The aim is to establish an adult education facility to provide functional literacy and mathematical skills for adult women, equipping women with life-long skills and empowerment to participate in the reconciliation and reconstruction of their communities. This is a long-term project and is only in the early stages of development.