Friday, February 4, 2011

postheadericon Wow! The Basic Health Unit, Shamshatoo, Pakistan, Is Ready!

No sooner had I posted the previous blog post about the Basic Health Unit, near Shamshatoo, Pakistan, than we received news at the ANT-Hiroshima office that construction had been completed!

When we saw the photos of the completed Basic Health Unit we were amazed at how much progress had been made in a short time - and at how nice the BHU looks now compared to the situation at the end of 2010.


Anonymous said...

This looks like a very well-intentioned organization.
However, the curse of working in a region like Shamshatoo, is that the well-intentioned project becomes a legitimizing factor for a creature like Hekmatyar....

The attached link explains in part how Hekmatyer uses infrastructure projects (funded by well-intentioned aid organizations) to reinforce his hold on the camp and its environs.

Without wanting to sound too preachy, I think the same work could and should be done in places that are far less morally ambiguous.[tt_news]=4189tx_ttnews[backPid]=182no_cache=1

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Asian Network of Trust-Hiroshima, an NGO based in Hiroshima, Japan, draws its inspiration from the experience of the A-bomb survivors who, together with international support, worked to rebuild their shattered city in a spirit of peace and reconciliation. In a similar spirit, ANT-Hiroshima is involved in a range of relief, reconstruction, and peace-building projects in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

ANT-Hiroshima’s work is rooted in the twin missions of providing material, as well as emotional, support to the people we serve. We bring a human touch to the provision of emergency relief in areas devastated by natural disaster or human conflict. Operating on a small scale at the local level, we share a spirit of warmth and compassion along with such immediate material needs as food, clothing, water, shelter, and medical supplies and services.

In Japan, too, our work is inspired by the spirit of Hiroshima in our efforts to motivate the next generation of Japanese to view the world with compassionate eyes. Through programs in education, we strive to stimulate the awareness and action of young people towards both the material and emotional needs of their local communities as well as the international community.

Tomoko Watanabe,
Founder and Executive Director,

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