Change of Attitude
Citizens of the community Korez in the Dangara district suffered for a long time due to the lack of
drinking water. The water was delivered by trucks and was sold for a high price. Those who were not
able to buy pure water had to drink dirty and salty water from the nearest canal, resulting in the spread
of infectious diseases. Community citizens didn't feel responsibile for their health and were not
inclined to solve the problem with their own resources. The NGO Khairhoh, frequent participants in
Counterpart activities, conducted PCA exercises in the community. As a result, community leaders
developed an action plan and proposal to address the water problem. The project was submitted to
Counterpart's Healthy Communities program and received funding.
Land Is Highlanders' Wealth
The Badjuv community is located in 50 km from Khorog and 30 km from Rushan and stands 3,800
meters above the sea level. Geographical considerations and severe weather affect the quality of life
of the local population. Because of the remoteness of the community it is often overlooked by
governmental and international organizations. One specific problem identified by community
members is the lack of sowing lands. With assistance from the Khorog CSSC, community leaders
developed a proposal to construct an irrigation canal which received funding from the UN WFP.
Construction of the canal promoted the processing of new sowing lands 36 hectares where citizens
can sow grain and supply themselves with bread to feed 40% of the population. Irrigation of new
lands also promoted the development of raising livestock.
From Dependence to Self Reliance
The consequences of the civil war in Tajikistan still affect many citizens, with the low level of
education, increased unemployment and other social and economic problems. Among vulnerable
groups there is an increasing dependency on humanitarian aid. One of the main goals of the Dushanbe
CSSC over the past year has been to provide consulting, information, and technical assistance to
develop proposals to help communities address their own needs themselves. The Dushanbe CSSC
assisted in the implementation of 10 projects in Dushanbe area, benefiting 6,125 people. As a result
the CSSC's goal was achieved people united to solve common problems (gas, water provision,
electricity, and renovation of schools and medical centers). Communities gained knowledge and skills
to write proposals, mobilize resources, interact with stakeholders, and use traditional forms of work.
They gained the confidence to solve community problems without the traditional reliance on the
government or humanitarian agencies.
Success of Mobilization
While implementing a CAG the NGO Paivand had problems with the diminished level of
participation of the population. The Kulob CSSC Sharvand organized complementary activities like
informal meetings with the population and roundtables with different stakeholders to ascertain the
reason for the low participation. The interventions revealed that the leader of the initiative group
wasn't a motivator. As a result, he's been replaced with a new leader who is demonstrating strong
leadership abilities and promoting mobilization. Under new leadership the community not only built a
road, but also built a playground for youth and children and created a soccer team.
The bridge has passed the trial
The breakdown of the bridge in the Galaobod community in the Khatlon Region was the source of
great frustration for community members. Without the bridge, local community members cannot take
agricultural products to the market, bring in construction materials or attend school. Members of an
initiative group trained by the Khurgan Teppa CSSC conducted PCAP exercises and developed a
proposal which was funded by Counterpart. They mobilized the population, local government and
other stakeholders to address the issue. Taking into consideration on going rain and mountain
conditions in Tajikistan, some of the specialists and experts were skeptical about the bridge
restoration, but the community restored the bridge and passed the trial period and weathered the