Christian Aid – The Story of the Well

The story of the well

This year our Harvest resources focus on the village of Baz Girha in remote western Afghanistan.

It’s a harsh environment – the winter brings snow and ice, and the locals describe summer as ‘120 days of wind’.

The people in Baz Girha and its neighbouring villages are isolated and life is hard; they rely on the income they can make from sheep and goats’ milk, cheese and butter, trading their animals, or manual labour.

Christian Aid partner RAADA (Rehabilitation Association and Agriculture Development for Afghanistan) is working with the community, providing people with technology and skills to help them increase their income and work their way to a better future.

Harvesting the wind

The local people have harnessed the power of the harsh desert wind using a wind-powered well to transform the ‘120 days of wind’ into water.

The well – designed and installed by RAADA – pumps water deep from underground.

‘The well is wonderful!’ says Golah Nurzei, head of the women’s shura (village council) in Baz Girha.

‘Before, we used to have to bring water up in a bucket. It took a long time and a lot of hard work and it was still difficult to get enough for all the animals to have a proper drink.

‘But now the wind powers a mechanism that draws the water up for us. We can water 2,000 animals here now.’

Transforming lives

The wind-powered well means the villagers’ animals are healthier, live longer and produce more milk.

A processing centre also built by RAADA allows the villagers to make cheese, butter and yoghurt on a significant scale – providing a secure, communal income.

Thanks to Christian Aid supporters, there is a wind of change blowing in a difficult environment – transforming remote communities in Afghanistan.

How you can donate

There are many ways you can donate to Christian Aid’s Harvest appeal.

Online donations

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Cheques and postal donations

Please send cheques or postal orders to

Wind of Change appeal
Christian Aid
PO Box 100

Cheques should be made payable to Christian Aid. Please do not send cash donation through the post.

Thank you for your support. Your donations will make a difference.

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