15 May 2009 Asia-PLUS Daily Blitz
KHOROG, May 15, 2009, Asia-Plus /Shonavruz Afzashoyev/ — A new building of dormitory for orphanage in GBAO’s Rushan district, which is currently house for 80 orphan children from the whole region, was put into commission yesterday. Speaking in an interview with Asia-Plus, the orphanage chairperson, Ms. Kaboudsor Amaldodova, said the new dormitory would allow them to accept more vulnerable children. According to her, there are more than 1,700 orphan children in Gorno Badakhshan; 115 of them have neither father nor mother. The new dormitory has been built by the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme (MSDSP) with support from foreign sponsors. The engineering projects program manager Khujamyor Khujammyorov told Asia-Plus that foreign sponsors had provided 300,000 U.S. dollars through the Great Britain national Zarrina Heraj (phonetically spelled).
He added that earlier, the center for rehabilitation of children with limited opportunities in Khorog, school in Shugnan district and kindergarten in Darvoz had been built with support from Ms. Zarrina Heraj. MSDSP is a locally registered organization and a non time-bound project administered by the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) in Tajikistan. MSDSP works in several areas in rural development, spanning community development, enterprise development, natural resource management, engineering and policy and evaluation. The Programme currently operates in several regions of Tajikistan.