Nai Qala always hires local people to assist with the construction of community infrastructures.
In addition to earning money, villagers also learn while working. Nai Qala’s buildings are constructed with up-to-date techniques that are considered to be very new building methods in these areas where traditional houses are made from mud and do not have windows.
Equipped with new building skills, villagers can find jobs in other types of construction. When a non-profit organization comes to their villages, they can offer their skill or they may find a job outside the village and bring a salary home.
One local worker said: “I cannot go somewhere and offer my shepherd skill or cutting bushes from mountains… but this new construction skill now gives me more options for job opportunities. I find a job and earn money.”
To see the progress in construction of Sokhtagi school, Nai Qala’s President attended a site meeting in October. She was able to see that construction work was progressing on time and according to plan. The walls are out of the ground and growing.
Opening ceremony to celebrate the start of construction work at Sokhtagi school.
The first stone was laid down by the chief of Sokhtagi community as well as the provincial education minister.
Local tradition is to wrap the first stone in a red fabric, tied it with a ribbon and have sweets.
Construction of the new school building just started in the village of Sokhtagi, with the support of the community
Villagers rented a tractor and prepared the field so that construction could start: 6 meter deep, on a surface of 1300 square meters.
The ceremony for the opening of the construction happened in the presence of the local community, the provincial minister of education and, of course, the girls who will benefit from the new building.