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Work launched on Badakhshan orphanage building

Work launched on Badakhshan orphanage building

Aug 02, 2017 - 15:39

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Construction work on an orphanage with capacity for a thousand children has kicked off in Faizabad, the capital of northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Wednesday.

Governor Ahmad Faisal Bekzad told the inauguration ceremony for the building the project would be implemented by a Turkish organisation, called TIKA, in seven months. It would cost a million dollars to be provided by Turkey.

Zaki Yuldash, head of the TIKA, who also attended the ceremony, said he had seen children in the Badakhshan orphanage were in bad condition during his visit to the province six years ago.

“After I took up a job in TIKA, I shared the issue with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He evinced a keen interest in the construction of the orphanage and allocated budget for it. Work on the project has begun and will be completed in six or seven months,” he said.

Eng. Hafizullah Hamdard, project manager at TIKA, told Pajhwok Afghan News it would be one of the biggest orphanages at the Afghanistan level. The two-storey building is being constructed on 1.5 acre of land.

He said the 26-room compound, with a dining hall, would have the capacity for 1,000 children.

Meanwhile, work on a perimeter wall around the Makhfi Badkhshi Recreational Park also began in Faizabad. Eng. Abdul Salam Naderi, a senior municipality official, said the park built on three acres of land lacked the wall.

The construction of the wall, 344 meters long, is funded by the GIZ of Germany and would take six months to complete, he added.