Parwan orphanage lacks clean water, proper building
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Children at the orphanage in central Parwan province say they are happy with the way they are being trained and taught, but the facility’s old building and a lack of access to potable water are two major issues they are worried about.
About 100 children of ages from six to 18 years old are kept at the orphanage in Charikar, the provincial capital. They complain due to the use of canal water, most of them have fallen sick and are not in a position to attend lessons and study properly.
The students are worried about the dilapidated condition of the building they are kept in and said: “Living here during rainy season is dangerous because rainwater leaks from the ceiling.”
One of the children, Omidullah, 13, said their teachers tried their best to impart them quality education, but the ruined classrooms and non-availability of clean drinking water were something that had spoiled the orphanage’s entire environment.
Omaidullah has been at the facility for the past five years after his father’s death and currently he is first position holder in his 5th class.
“Drinking canal water has infected students with different diseases like diarrhea and vomiting,” he said.
Omid, another orphan hailing from Bagh-i-Alam village of Qarabagh district of Kabul province, said: “We cannot study in spring season due to the leaky ceiling and in summer we cannot even hold pens and notebooks in hands as the wind gusts through the broken windows which have no panes.”
The orphan child, whose wish is to become a doctor, said they felt insecure due to a low height of the building’s walls.
Omid’s mother and two young brothers live in Chekal village with their uncle and his mother works at people’s homes to feed her children.
Mason Najmuddin, Omid’s uncle, said he sent Omid to the orphanage in order to get education because he could not afford his schooling.
Another child at the facility, Murtaza, 13, a resident of Sayadan district of central Parwan province, also complained about the lack of potable water. The class sixth student said he had many times developed diarrhea and hospitalized due to the unhygienic water they used.
Murtaza, who wants to become an engineer in order to escape poverty, has been living in the orphanage over the past three years after losing his mother.
Satisfied with the teaching, Murtaza said he and other children at the orphanage feared their kidnappings at night due to the low height walls. The surrounding walls of the building have a 1.5 metre height.
Mohammad Zubair, 12, a resident of Baba Khel village of Parwan province, arrived at the orphanage about three years back when his father died. “We fear attacks during night, therefore I ask the government to rebuild the surrounding walls and provide us clean water”.
Zubair and other children at the facility besides school’s lessons also memorise the holy Quran and till now they have memorized three parts of the holy book. They asked the government to address their problems.
Zubair asked businessmen and merchants of Parwan province to provide them with cloths.
Haji Khairuddin Mayel, head of a charity organization Haji Gul Agha Parwani Foundation, promised help with the children.
Mayel, a resident of Parwan, said he would meet the orphanage in-charge as soon as possible and would provide cloths to the children during Eid days after a survey.
Ahmad Shah Serat, director of the orphanage, said there were 100 children at the facility and they belonged to different provinces like Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir, Baghlan, Herat and Kabul.
He said the children had been provided hostel facility and besides sports they attended classes of Quran recitation, mathematics, English language and others.
He said the children after completing class sixth would be introduced to a high school nearby the orphanage. Serat confirmed problems the students mentioned and he had discussed the problems with the departments concerned, but were yet to be addressed.
Qudratullah Reyazat, provincial Labour and Social Affairs director, also verified the problems, but said the orphanage building could not be reconstructed because a Parwan resident had claimed the building’s ownership.
However, he said work was underway to provide potable water to the orphanage and currently the water given to the children was purified by adding chlorine.
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