Remote primary schools lacking even bare essentialsVillages in Khairabad, Nowshera District, are situated in hilly areas at locations some distance from the main town center. There is no road access to the villages, compelling any visitors to drive up a dried-up riverbed.
|A dried-up riverbed, the only access to villages in the Khairabad area. The villages are about two and a half hours’ drive from the capital Islamabad where the AAR Japan Office is located. (June 2014)|
|Children wait for the class to start, sitting on a mat placed in the corridor. (February 20th, 2014)|
|A look of delight in children’s faces in a newly renovated classroom. (October 16th, 2014)|
|A newly built toilet with a ramp to enable access for children in wheelchairs. (December 15th, 2014)|
“We need to conserve the village’s precious water”
|The exposed well prior to renovation, a precious source of water for villagers despite its unsanitary condition. (February 11th, 2014)|
|The renovated well is fitted with a metal cover to prevent rainwater and soil contamination. (October 15th, 2014)|
|A door to the well’s interior was installed to facilitate maintenance work. (October 15th, 2014)|
|Fukuro KAKIZAWA (left) from AAR Tokyo Office witnesses the installation of the water purifier at the primary school. (November 17th, 2014)|
|Children come to the new water cooler, taking turns to drink water. (November 17th, 2014)|
Japanese-English translation by Ms. Rie Watanabe
English editing by Mr. Richard Whale
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