Despite reports of
casualties, captures and explosions continually permeating
the news about Iraq, much necessary work is being accomplished
in the country by Iraqis with U.S. and coalition forces.
children at Al Mutnba Primary School in
Iraq use school supplies donated from
the 155 Brigade Combat Team from Tupelo,
Mississippi. Forty-three Iraqi schools
have also received funds for renovation
and repair. The Iraqis, working with U.S.
and coalition forces, are accomplishing
important work and moving forward with
rebuilding despite the problems posed
by insurgents. (© AP/WWP)
For example, about 18,000 Iraqi schoolchildren
will attend freshly refurbished schools this autumn. Forty-three
schools in the northern and southern provinces have received
funds for renovation and repair; contracts have been awarded
to do the work. More than $1.3 million within the Iraq Relief
Reconstruction Fund has been budgeted to continue a nationwide
school repair program to rehabilitate sanitary facilities,
electrical and mechanical systems, and make structural repairs
to schools in Karbala, Dahuk, Najaf, Basrah and Qadisiyah.
Also, during an operation August 5 in western
Mosul, more than 200 Iraqi children received medical screenings
from coalition forces, with support from Iraqi police. Soldiers
and medics handed out soccer balls and hygiene products
to the local children while conducting the screenings. More
than 1,000 children have received medical screenings during
this and four similar operations since the middle of July.
On August 9, the International Press Center
in Baghdad was given to Iraq's Communications Directorate
in a ceremony attended by U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.
Concurrent with the transfer, the U.S. Agency for International
Development program in Iraq provided a grant to the press
center for technical and office equipment, including:
• 20 desktop computers;
• 30 laptop computers;
• licensed software;
• a scanner;
• a photocopier machine;
• compact disc writers; and
• desks, chairs and other necessary
On August 14, a group of Iraqi journalists
who have used the press center since its opening in February
2004 received the 30 laptop computers.
Iraqi workers in Baghdad have just finished
the $3.6 million Al Amari Water Distribution project. The
facility will produce about 250 cubic meters of clean water
daily, enough for the use of about 2,000 families.
Construction has begun on a $4.3 million
police facility in the Samarra District of Salah Ad Din
Province. It will accommodate 250 officers in the northeast
part of Samarra, and will provide a police presence in the
city to help ensure law and order. The project is scheduled
to be completed in November.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq
estimates that the $8.2 million project to refurbish and
renovate the Najaf Maternity Hospital will be finished by
December 25. Engineers report that the project, which began
October 25, 2004, is 30 percent complete.
The renovations include:
• a new sewage system;
• a new boiler for heating water;
• a new incineration system;
• ceramic tiles throughout all of
the renovated portions of the facility; and
• a new residents' office.
A reverse-osmosis water treatment plant
is already finished and ready to be turned over to the hospital.
The 266-bed maternity hospital continues
patient care even while renovations go forward. Doctors
there see 250 pediatric and 125 maternity outpatients daily.
The maternity facility also takes overflow female patients
and males younger than 14 from the Najaf Teaching Hospital,
located two kilometers from the maternity hospital.
Similar renovations are also under way at
the teaching hospital.