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  1. 1. Cover Habitat for Humanity - Tajikistan Dushanbe, Tajikistan © Copyright Notation www. habitat.tj Welcome Orientation Decent Housing for Strong Communities
  2. 2. Map of the country Tajikistan: State Border In the North with Kyrgyzstan In the West with Uzbekistan In the East with China In the South with Afghanistan
  3. 3. Country Facts Country Facts  Official name: Republic of Tajikistan  Area: 143,100 sq km (88918.21 sq miles)  Population: 7 349 145 (Jul 2009 estimate)  Official lang. : Tajik  Political structure: Unitary presidential republic  Territorial structure: has 4 regions Tajik state emblem and flag
  4. 4. Official Definition of the flag Official definition of the color of Tajik Flag The red represents the unity of the nation and the symbol of the sun and victory. The white represents purity, cotton, the snow on the mountains and the unity of the people. The green stands for the spiritual meaning of Islam and represents the generosity of nature of the country. The crown represents the Tajik people and means “crowned”. According to Tajik Legend, Islamic Heaven is composed of seven beautiful orchids, separated by seven mountains each with a glowing Star
  5. 5. Religion Religion Tajikistan is a Muslim country Religion: Muslims – 90% (Sunni and Ismaili Shiites), Christians - 6% , other – 4% Arabs brought Islam in the 7th century CE Religious center: Dushanbe and Khujand Shaikh – Muslihiddin Mosque in Khuajand
  6. 6. Historical Information Historical information Tajiks has history of more than 2700 years The first Tajik nation was founded in 875 C.E. by Ismoli Somoni Empire In 1929 Tajik Soviet Republic (TJK USSR) was established as a part of USSR countries. Tajikistan declared its independence in 1991 after collapse of Soviet Union Immediately after independence, Tajikistan was plunged into a civil war in which up to 50 000 people were killed and over one tenth of population fled the country. Civil war ended in 1997 with a United Nation brokered Peace Agreement. Tajik Mountains Tajik warrior during civil war
  7. 7. Geography Geography Tajikistan is divided into 4 administrative divisions: Sugd (north), Khatlon (south), Gorno Badakhshan /Pamirs (east) and Region of Republican Subordination (south) Mountains cover 93 percent of Tajikistan’s surface area. The second highest pick of the world (7954 meter) – Somoni in Pamirs is situated in Tajikistan There are over 900 rivers in Tajikistan. The longest rivers are Amu Darya/Panj – 2415 km (1500 mi) (in South) and Syr Darya – 2145 km (1330 mi)(in North) About 1% of the country’s area is covered by lakes. The greatest lake is Kara Kul – 380 km2 (612 sq mi) and deepest is Sarez (more than 310 feet ) are located in East of the country.
  8. 8. Dushanbe Dushanbe is the capital Area - 38.6 sq mi (100 sq km), population – 700000, elevation - 706 m (2,316 ft), climate - continental and subtropical Dushanbe is commercial, cultural, scientific and industrial center of Tajikistan. It is the largest city of Tajikistan Dushanbe produces silk, machinery, electrical appliances, clothing, leather goods, tractor parts, and foodstuffs. Home to a number of modern telecommunications, aeronautic and other business corporations. Coat of Arms of Dushanbe Rudaki Park
  9. 9. Supplemental Information Cover Supplemental Information Transportation Accommodation Meals Cultural sensitivity - “what is ok to do and not to do” Security information Emergency contacts
  10. 10. Transportation Transportation Taxis can be found in prominent places as near markets, hotels, restaurants and other places Most commonly used transport is minibuses “mashrutka”. The cost for “mashrutka” is 1 TJS (somoni) (0.20 cent) Buses mostly can be found in the cities. Slow and stuffy. You pay when you get in, costs 1.60 dirams (0.32 cent).
  11. 11. Accommodation Accommodation Team is accommodated in “Izzat” Hotel located in the center of Kumsangir district. Hotel in Kumsangir Project Area Hotel Room in Kumsangir
  12. 12. Meals Meal  Breakfast and dinner will be in restaurant, lunch will be catered to the jobsite by coordinator or driver  Always use bottled water. Tap water is NOT DRINKABLE  Sometimes the families will share food with you in the jobsite and perhaps you will have lunch with them in their houses  Always use your personal water bottles GVtamishavinglunchinthejobsiteanddinnerintherestaurant
  13. 13. Project and work sites Cultural Sensitivity - ”what is OK TO DO and NOT TO DO Bread - is considered to have a life of its own. It must be treated with respect. Never put flat bread (non) face down, never let bread (or breadcrumbs) fall to the ground, and don't throw it out with ordinary rubbish/trash You will be treated with a lot food when you are in guests. Know that although you are not hungry the host brings a lot of food and tries to get you eat it. This is the part of customs and tradition. Host tries to show his/her respect towards guest by offering everything which they have. Do not be surprised if the women in the partner family is not involved in construction work. Mainly they are busy with maintenance of their homes, cooking, cleaning and looking after their little kids.
  14. 14. Project and work sites Cultural Sensitivity - ”what is OK TO DO and NOT TO DO Men usually only shake hands with other men and sometimes hug. For women it is not obligatory to shake hand of men, just saying “Hi” is OK. Intimate contact (hugging, kissing) with the opposite sex in public is culturally unacceptable - even between you and your spouse or a good friend, it can be misunderstood Clothing – Your clothing should be durable, simple, and not of sentimental value to you. It is specifically requested that none of the men wear shorts that fall ABOVE the knee and that women do not wear shorts at all in the jobsite. European clothing is acceptable in the city. Long trousers and T-shirts are the only option for the work site construction worksite. Best thing to wear on these mission trips is hospital scrubs.
  15. 15. Transportation Security information Buddy system - don’t go out alone, especially at night Always have with you emergency contact information Personal items/laptops can be left in accommodation but not money & jewelry In the streets, bazaars and shops be careful – pickpockets. Avoid to use taxi service on your own, use only official taxi provider companies recommended in “Personal Security Cards”
  16. 16. Transportation Emergency contacts GV Host Coordinator – Farhod, phone numbers: +992 93 514 5069, +992 907 767 8090 Back up emergency numbers - HR Administrator - Alinazar: +992 93 505 1535, National Director – Samira: +992 93 505 6913 International call: 00+country code + area code Medex Emergency Contact (FOR VOLUNTEERS COMING FROM USA AND SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRIES EXCEPT FROM UK AND REPUBLIC OF IRELAND) Tel: +1-800-527-0218 from the UK - +44-1-273-223000 Masterpolicy Emergency Contact (FOR VOLUNTEERS COMING FROM GREAT BRITAIN, NOTHERN IRELAND, AND REPUBLIC OF IRELAND) ACE European Group ACE Assistance Tel: outside of UK +44-870-606-1406 from UK: 0870-606-1406 TELEX 947736 EURA G
  17. 17. POVERTY HOUSING  Lack of housing - Due to the civil war and economic collapse the state construction program was stopped. Overcrowded housing = invisible homelessness  Vulnerability of housing - country is prone to various natural disasters: between 2000 and 2009, at least 2,000 people were affected by disasters each year. Damage caused by disasters was between $22 and $70 million per year. Since the beginning of 2010, 4,104 houses were damaged, of which 683 were fully destroyed by spring floods.  Unaffordable housing - Building costs increase due to import of building materials and housing is becoming beyond the reach of the majority of the population.  Water and sanitation - Only 58% of 7,000,000 population in Tajikistan has access to improved water. Of 699 centralized systems of water supply available nationally, 16% do not function and 51% do not meet basic requirements.
  18. 18. HIGHLIGHTS We are actively working in three regions of Tajikistan since 1999. So far more than 1,000 homes have been built, renovated and repaired to help more than 7,800 people to have decent place to live. Around of 2,500 families provided with access to clean, safe drinking water. HFH Tajikistan is among 5 HFHI/ECA focus program countries.
  19. 19. WHAT WE DO New house construction, repairs and renovations. Disaster Response and Preparedness – green housing, innovative technologies for safe housing. Water & Sanitation – Water Filters Housing finance – partnership with microfinance institutions Habitat Resource Center/Building Training Center – capacity development and material production
  20. 20. DISASTER RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS  Fact: July 2007 earthquake damaged 19 villages, killed 3 children, completely destroyed 293 houses and severely damaged 1,100 houses, 6 schools, 5 teahouses, 4 libraries and 1 youth center.  Project Location: Rasht and Kumsangir districts  Type of Houses: Anti-seismic houses built and reinforced using locally available and sustainable materials- wood, clay, straw and mulberry branches  So far 159 new homes built and more than 300 homes reinforced in most vulnerable areas.  Environmentally sustainable, low-cost, innovative local solution for safe house construction for rural Tajikistan: “sinj technology” and “mulberry” house reinforcement technology.  The technology has been adopted and included in official building code as a norm for rural house construction.  Partnership established with Institute of Seismology and HFHT is a REACT member. Partners: Oxfam, UNDRMP, Caritas, Global Partners, Acted, UNISDR, UNWFP, etc.
  21. 21. IMPROVED DRINKING WATER  Fact: 51.1% of Tajik population contracts one or more water-borne diseases every year  Project Location: Kumsangir and Konibodom districts  Project Partners: Micro Finance Institution “Arvand”.  The filter is sustainable, requires no chemicals or electricity, is low tech and can be produced with locally available materials. The filter eliminates over 90% of water-borne diseases and parasites and produces up to 60 liters of clean water per hour  We’ve produced 1,700 filters and built 42 reservoirs, and served more than 2,500 families. So, over 14,000 people now have improved drinking water.
  22. 22. BUILDING AND TRAINING CENTRE  Habitat Tajikistan in partnership with CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) and HFH Canada launched its first Building Training Center (BTC) in Asht, Tajikistan on May 4, 2009.  Produce of alternative and cost-effective products  Function as training centre for unemployed and unskilled women and men  Train the population in earthquake-prone zones on locally affordable and applicable anti-seismic construction practices  Provide affordable micro-finance housing loans to low-income and earthquake affected families to enable them to repair/reconstruct their homes.
  23. 23. BUILDING AND TRAINING CENTRE  Production: 5000 aerated concrete blocks; 350 school furniture(desks and chairs), 360 school uniforms produced.  Vocational Education: Over 500 unemployed and unskilled individuals graduated welding, carpentry, general construction, electrician and sewing courses and 70% get employed after graduation.  Disaster Preparedness: So far almost of 1,000 people trained in earthquake-prone zones on locally affordable and applicable earthquake safer construction practices.  All BTC graduated students educated on HIV/AIDS prevention through seminars provided in collaboration with UNFPA/YPEER.
  24. 24. WINTERIZATION OF HOMES  Fact: July 2006 earthquake measured at 5.5 Richter scale damaged 1,484 houses and made 15,000 people homeless.  Winter temperature in 2007 reached -22 C and people suffered from lack of proper house insulation, doors and windows.  Project Location: Kumsangir  Project goal: to provide families with doors, windows and train them on safe construction techniques using locally available resources  We’ve hosted 2 Global Village teams in winterization project  So far we’ve winterized 300 houses in Kumsangir district  More than 1000 individuals trained on safe construction techniques
  25. 25. BUILDING A COMMUNITY FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES IN KHUJAND  Fact: The people cannot afford to build homes due to high construction costs; current housing stock is deteriorating because of neglect and lack of funding from the government.  Project Location: Khujand, Tajikistan  Number of GV team hosted: 5  So far we’ve built 30 houses
  26. 26. ASHT HOME REPAIR PROJECT  Fact: Around 30% of the households in Asht district, (i.e.700 homes) have 2-3 families living under one roof Project Location: Khujand, Tajikistan  Almost 50 % of the young families living in overcrowded, substandard housing have plots of land with unfinished homes given to them during Soviet times; they just do not have enough income/recourses to complete them  Project goal: Renovate and complete 150 houses for/with low-income families by providing construction materials through affordable housing loans, technical support and training families in basic construction skills  So far 70 individuals, members of partner families, have gained basic construction skills and knowledge and 70 half-completed houses renovated
  27. 27. HABITAT VILLAGE  Project start: 2000  Partners: Local Government and Shelter for Life International  Almost 100 houses built for low income families  In September 30, 2005 the Habitat 100th house in Tajikistan was dedicated in Habitat village, Khujand
  28. 28. KHUJAND STATE UNIVERSITY PROJECT  Fact: Khujand State University (KSU) is one of the biggest universities in Tajikistan, with more than 12 000 students studying in 15 faculties  The university is suffering from the severe “brain drain” – the loss of the qualified professors and teaching staff seeking opportunities outside Tajikistan. Over the last 14 years, due to low salaries and inadequate housing, nearly 400 staff have left the university.  Project goal: to stem the tide of professor migration by renovating university dormitory and thereby increase educational opportunities for thousands more students over the coming decades  Directly 52 faculty members and their families, or 270 people, have benefited from this partnership.  HFH-Tajikistan won HFHI/ECA Standard of Excellence Award for partnership development/ HFHT-University project.
  29. 29. HOUSING FINANCE/MFI PARTNERSHIP Construction technical assistance with Micro Lending Organization “IMON International”  “IMON” provides housing improvement loan of $100 - $2800 USD HFHT provides Construction Technical Assistance (CTA) to target group  CTA service include: home survey, development of estimation and construction schedule, recommendation to family and monitoring of construction.  The pilot project target area: Sughd and Khatlon oblasts  Starting from March 2011 project served 500 families. It is planned to serve 500 more families in 2011.
  30. 30. HABITAT TAJIKISTAN TITHE PARTNERSHIPS  Habitat Tajikistan has been working with US Habitat affiliates (tithing partners) and individual donors since 2005  We raised almost of 700K donations from US Habitat affiliates and individual donors  Habitat Tajikistan has around 15 live tithing partners and 10 monthly individual donors. We work with each partner and donor individually providing comprehensive information for their every donated dollar
  31. 31. THE NEED AND HOW US HABITAT AFFILIATES CAN HELP  Habitat Tajikistan needs more tithing partners because there is only a few opportunities of getting local/corporate funds and it is hard for GV teams to reach our country.  Tithes and individual donations are major source of income for Habitat Tajikistan and there is a huge need for US Habitat affiliates’ and individual donor’s support in Tajikistan  Affiliates can help through:  Send tithes  Come on a GV trip  Fundraise for Habitat Tajikistan (Tajik dinner, awareness, designated project promotion)  What your tithes and donations can buy  $85 USD provides a family in Tajikistan with a water filter and improves the family's health by reducing the chance of water-borne diseases  $1,988 USD helps a low-income family in Asht complete their half-built house  $1,656 USD provides a family in Tajikistan with doors, windows and proper insulation for their house to help cope with cold winters
  32. 32. WHAT CAN WE OFFER TO AFFILIATES  Promptly acknowledgment of all gifts  Full and comprehensive information of our work and the families that we serve  Photos, family stories and any other information that they require  Send quarterly updates  House/family sponsorship  Tailor made GV trip
  33. 33. Your support helps families in Tajikistan to have safe home, peace in heart and brighter future. Thank You!!!