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Ladislav Kudlacek
Education project manager (Czech Republic)

Political Scientist and Economist. I worked for human rights and humanitarian NGO in India and for international NGO People in Need based in the Czech Republic as a Programme Manager for Afghanistan. In present time I work as an Education Manager. I studied Economics in Tomas Bata University and Political Science in Masaryk University in the Czech Republic and in the University of Delhi in India and Humanitarian and International Law in Helsinki University in Finland.


Water or Education?

Published 05th August 2010 - 11 comments - 1347 views -

Water or Education?

A little girl is watching her friends going to school. She would like to go with them but she cannot. She has to go for water for her family. She lives in Afghanistan where thousands of children do not have opportunities to study. It is not just a problem of culture, the war or Taliban, it is about basic survival. Sad to say, water is more important than reading, it is essential.

I really wish to go to school, spend my time with my friends and play with them,“ the girl says. She has to walk three hours every day to the nearest well and more than three hours she carries heavy water vessels back home. Her school is closer - only two hours of walk.

Water is stability

Water is one of the most important sources of stability in Afghanistan. People with uncovered elementary needs are not able to survive in rural areas. Therefore they try to settle down in overpopulated cities like Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. Regrettably, there is a lack of houses, work and water for all these people as well. Poor families have to carry the heavy water every day also here. But still it is much closer and children have a better chance to go to school because they do not need to spend a whole day by walking for water. The availability of drinking water and good access to water pumps and wells is a basic presumption for better life in Afghanistan.

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  • Iwona Frydryszak on 05th August 2010:

    In Poland we had quite succesful campaige about water done by Polish Humanitarian Action, so we were able to built some wells in Souther Sudan for example. And how is it in PIN/ Czech Republic. It the water the leading topic in fundrising/PR or if not, what is it?

  • Ladislav Kudlacek on 05th August 2010:

    check this link:
    There is quite strong priority in Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc.
    Czech gov. support projects in Afghanistan, Mongolia, Ethiopia, Jemen, Vietnam etc….

  • Iwona Frydryszak on 05th August 2010:

    I Know PIN a little bit - I was on PIN mission in Georgian in 2008 for half a year. PAH and Polish Ministry is two steps behind you… unfortunately. Never the less I am curious what is the top development projects in Czech society awarness. In Poland when you think about development projects it’s for sure water and wells.

  • Jan Marcinek on 06th August 2010:

    Good question. I preffer water. I can go to school when I grow up.

  • Iwona Frydryszak on 06th August 2010:

    It is also in the girl story, you posted about.
    Do you have something like this in CR?

  • Jan Marcinek on 06th August 2010:

    Like this? I don’t think so. In CR is not problem with water or education.

  • Ladislav Kudlacek on 06th August 2010:

    There is a nice webpage for fundraising with similar short movies

  • Aija Vanaga on 07th August 2010:

    Sad post!

  • Andrea Arzaba on 08th August 2010:

    This is the relity of many dveloping countries, at least in small towns! And then the water they get is not always clean = diseases!

  • Hussam Hussein on 09th August 2010:

    Thanks Ladislav. That’s true. When I was in Uganda, the NGO I was with explained the same problem. That’s why they put a lot of efforts in providing every village in the district with fresh water.

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