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The Baharabad Community: Unity as Tight as a Fist

22-12-2014, 14:51, Saw: 336

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The Baharabad community of Beylagan Rayon flourishes and becomes more beautiful every day. The area has a fascinating ancient history; however, wars caused the destruction of dwellings throughout the villages and most of the lands remained neglected for years.
An immediate problem facing the village was its lack of roads. Muddy and impassable in winter and shrouded in clouds of dust in summer, the roads of Baharabad looked as though they could never be repaired. Even though the village population is about 1,900, the road problem has never been resolved. Coping with problems like this created unending discouragement among the people in the village. Nevertheless, the number of people who were willing to volunteer to resolve those problems was not small. Implementation of the Road Repair Project in the Baharabad community was accomplished with gender transparency and resulted in high quality work, which raised self-esteem and confidence in the community. Community members throughout the village participated in project implementation regularly, and many of them contributed more than was required or expected.
Solving their road problems caused the village population to actively unite around their Community Group established by AzRIP. Since then, community members have looked for more ways to solve other outstanding problems of the village. With their newfound unity and trust, they have repaired artesian wells for potable water, installed a mobile tent for ceremonies and repaired more intra-village roads. We witnessed this unity once again during a recent visit to Baharabad. During that visit, an accident occurred in a potable water artesian well and the lines connected to it, causing their potable water supply to stop. When we approached the village, we saw 25 to 30 community members gathered to repair the artesian well. Everyone was enthusiastic about the job they were doing. Witnessing this scene, we were fully assured that there is unity in the community, and it would motivate them to overcome any problem.
IsbandilArifov said that the Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project not only implemented the Road Repair Project in Baharabad, but also solved more basic problems of the village by establishing a community group. Before that, it was nearly impossible to find community volunteers to implement any project for the village, so AzRIP brought a significant change in the temperament of Baharabad. Leaving earlier difficulties behind, the Baharabad Community Group’s active woman member, HajarJalilova, said that Baharabad residents were now united as tight as a fist. The active community women saw the transparency of the Community Group established by AzRIP, and walked house to house in the village during project implementation to assure people that this project reflects the common interests of all community members. They made it known that the contribution of everyone in the community is important.
Life is different in Baharabad now. The value and success of the AzRIP-funded ac-tivities in the village are evident in the sense of trust and gratification on the faces of everyone in the community. As a result, the Baharabad community decided to implement a community renovation project and re-applied to AzRIP. Their new project is ongoing now; its reverberation has reached neighboring villages and is sure to keep moving throughout the rayon.
The Baharabad Community: Unity as Tight as a Fist

The Baharabad Community: Unity as Tight as a Fist

The Baharabad Community: Unity as Tight as a Fist

The Baharabad Community: Unity as Tight as a Fist

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