A community council
is a self-sustaining, service-oriented project that addresses
a combination of community specific needs. The plan of the ARYA/YCDP
consists of three branches. The first would be an education branch which
would offer literacy classes without charge as well as educational training
classes such as computer training for a fee.
The second branch would combine
vocational education with the production of goods that could be sold. The
types of training offered and goods produced and sold
would depend on the needs of that particular community.
The third branch would
be a medical clinic offering fee based medical care for the community.
Stocking of the clinic with supplies and pharmaceuticals
be achieved at least in part, if not all, through grants to Medicos Sans
Frontierres (Doctors Without Borders) and Pharmacists without borders.
All of the fees
for each branch would go towards sustaining that branch and perhaps, depending
the success of each program, could go toward reducing costs of the medical
care and could also fund some non-self-sustainable projects such as the blanket
The council would be quite flexible and would start
on a small scale with the education branch first and the other branches
each one became
To start we would need to supply funding to rent office space and classroom
space and to pay initial salary(ies) of the individual(s) in charge of
We would also need funds to purchase computers and supplies. We anticipate
that within 3-6 months the education branch will achieve self-sufficiency
next projects could be designed and implemented based on the specific needs
of that community.
The first council would be opened in Mazar-I-Shariff
where there is a good population base. As soon as the education
branch became sustainable
open a second
council in Kapisa province. The people of this province specifically requested
this type of service when YCDP did its original surveys of the area.
benefits derived from such councils is multifold. Not only would
it provide education and training, but of itself creates jobs
for that area
The Council also provides much needed goods and creates cash flow throughout
various levels of the economy. The need for health care throughout the
country is at a critical point and any progress made in this area is
change. The ultimate benefit of a council is the multi-layered help and
people of the outlying areas desperately need because they do not receive
from non-government agencies as do people in the larger cities.
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