Zalmay Latifi, 51, chairperson of the Qala-e-Fathullah Community Development Council, agrees that this and other streets in the neighborhood were in such poor state that they were not passable for most people. “Children and women had an especially difficult time getting around,” he says, “but as you can see now, .”
Student Kazem Latifi, 13, a 7th grader at Azmoon High School, says he’s happy to go to school. “I used to go to school with wet feet or covered in mud because of the street. I felt embarrassed about the mud stains on my clothes and I often got sick from wearing wet clothes,” he says. “But now, my uniform stays clean and my health is better. .”
The elderly, too, had difficulties. “I used to see old people stuck in places they couldn’t pass on the road,” Zalmay Latifi says, “I would have to take them in my car just to get them to the main road. Now everyone benefits from the newly paved street.”
. The KMDP project has directly benefited over 5,000 people in Qala-e-Fathullah and Taimani neighborhoods. Qala-e-Fathullah community members volunteered their own resources to the neighborhood as part of the initiative, building small footbridges over the drainage, installing lamps by doorways, and planting trees.
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