News: Afghan National Army and Task Force Hydra partner for Afghan education
Story by Capt. Jackie Wren
KABUL, Afghanistan - Soldiers of the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Task Force Hydra, alongside Afghan National Army officials participated in a ground breaking ceremony for a school renovation in a neighboring community of Camp Black Horse and the Afghan Training Center here Saturday.
The Pol-e Charki project is to both renovate the school and install a well that will provide drinkable water for the thousands of students the school serves.
Task Force Hydra is active throughout Kabul as the Kabul Base Cluster Command working with Kabul’s political leaders, religious leaders, police and ANA to provide humanitarian assistance and funding for projects that both provide better quality of life and employ local Afghan workers. This groundbreaking represented the beginning of a partnership between the Pol-e Charki community, the ANA and the TF Hydra Team at Camp Black Horse.
In partnership with the TF Hydra Civil Affairs team, the Black Horse Camp Commander, Lt. Col. Kevin Daniels worked with ANA Maj. Gen. Quadem Sha to choose a local project to collaborate with each other on. The two decided on a project that would invest in the future of Afghanistan and focuses on the education of Afghan children.
“We all grabbed the opportunity to enhance the educational potential of over 7000 students,” said Daniels about the school and his partnership with Quadem Sha and the ANA. “This event shows the children we all, ANA, U.S. and coalition forces, understand and share in the responsibility of our future; the children are our most treasured possessions.”
Saturday’s ceremony was well attended by both the students and their families. Task Force Hydra Commander, Col. Andy Hall was present to participate by shoveling some of the first ground that will be the future location of the admin building.
“Those are the faces of our future,” Hall said referring to the children that were present at the ceremony. “I expect quality work to be done here.”
The ground breaking was also an opportunity for the teams to distribute over 500 bags of school supplies collected by Operation Outreach, a soldier run humanitarian organization. Daniels, Hall and Quadem Sha personally handed out the supplies to students that were present.
In addition to providing a new school admin building, remodeling of the main classroom building and the well, the project will employ 60 local Afghans.
This school is the site of one of the nine current humanitarian projects that Task Force Hydra is currently overseeing.