With funding from Catholic Relief Services, Caritas Tajikistan is responding to a flood that hit many villages in the former Soviet nation this spring. In the days after the flood, Caritas provided affected families with cookware and fuel for stoves; mattresses, blankets and pillows; and hygiene items. In the second phase, which is now almost completed, Caritas helped rehabilitate the kitchens that were damaged or ruined. It provided each family with a full set of construction materials to build a kitchen shed, along with the local style of cement oven (tandurs) for bread-baking. Beneficiaries contributed their labor.
In addition to this emergency response, Caritas Tajikistan is also currently collaborating with CRS on several development projects, providing sanitation facilities to urban poor communities in the capital of Dushanbe, as well as water access, community education, and adult skills trainings in three remote rural areas.
“It is great to see a relatively small organization working so professionally,” says CRS’ Snigdha Chakraborty, who oversaw Caritas Tajikstan’s work in the past. “Caritas Tajikistan has developed quickly and is helping a lot of families.”
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