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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LFTHBRIDRE HERALD Thunday, Nov.mbnt 13. 1971 Help9 saving countless Afghans from starvation By HF.xnV KAMM New York Tinirs Service KABUL, less Afghans are still dying of hunger and mam7 more perish in the months lo come. Bui is carrying out n major effort of Ir gmg food to the hungry, and many lives arc beinp Three years of drought in the central and northern pan of Ihis mountainous country have brought famine and death. No one knows how many peo- ple live in Afghanistan esti- mates range from nine million to 17 million and no estimate even exist.1; of those who have starved lo death. What killed Ihe peopic strick- en by Ihe draught, in the view of Afghan and foreign observ- ers, was not only lack of food in their regions but also govern- mental indifference, and greed ai'd official coiTuption. Operation Help, an Afghan project that would not exist without the United States, is sending large quantities of fond into the stricken areas while guarding, wild apparent SHC- cess, against misappropriation I and lack of energy in its dis- tribution. The health mnister. chair- man of the operation's co-ordin- ating committee, said public opinion in Ihe U.S., which he was mobilized mainly by i two articles in the New York times last June, ''pushed the government lo help those peo- ple." The consensus of inform- ed sources, Afghan and Ameri- can, is that publicity in the U.S. strengthened ambassador Hob- erl Neumann's hand in drawing the attention of King Mohammed Zahir Shah lo the suffering of many of his sub- jects. Neumann is in his sixth here and dean of the diplo- matic corps. fJis relations with the king are excellent. Neumann, ivlio ivent lo Ihe U.S. from Austria, as a refugee f.-om the Nazis, is known to feel that his role in helping to save tliese lives would have been enough lo make worthwhile his leaiTnfi Die academic life to ac- cept the ambassadorship. Assured of maximum Ameri- can assistance, the king last September took the unusual steps of entrusting the program of saving the hungry In a group outside the apathetic and venal bureaucracy and of giving the group extraordinary powers. In essence, Operation Help is nin by D. Majid-Scraj and a group of youngish, modem- minded officials relying on the logistical support of the array. Although the U.S. is eager lo understate Us role and pre- sent operation help as a strict- ly Afghan project, Majid-Seraj and his associates give full credit to an American expert expert of the Agency for Inter- national Development. After enumerating American contributions of wheat. cookLng oil and medicine, Majid-Seraj said: "But the biggest contribution is that we have Mr. Ashcanasc as adviser and responsible for management of the opera- for the conception and manage- T I Ashcanasc, a veteran of Am- iie is Abe S. Ashcanase, erican aid programs since the tall, middle-aged management immediate post war days, shrugs tin's off and Insists thit he is merely a consultant. The safeguards that be In- cluded in operation help are mainly constant supervision of all distribution procencci through frequent field trips by all the top officials. Such field trips are as new for Afghan of- ficials as another innovation: a daily public fi- nancial statement o! ill dis- bursement. oears New Microwave oven takes the tedious waiting out of cooking, yet uses 10 more electricity than an electric f rypan! Fast Efficient Cooks 4-lb. roast in 22 minutes. Bacon fn Z'A mia, on paper towellingl Frozen vegetables in 4 min.. directly in their pouches or cartons. Bakes potatoes in 4 min. instead of 1 hour. Defrosts meats and fruits in 4 min. Cans fruit, right in the jar, in Yk min. Heats soup directly in mugs. And ends messy pots and pans scouring by cooking on such disposables as paper plates, napkins, towels, cups, pouches, cartons or plastics. Come see our Microwave magical demonstration and taste the delicious difference of juicier, more flavourfoul foods. Find out how to cook without water and avoid nutritional, vitamin loss. Kenmore portable Microwave oven 499 98 Includes 198-page, full-colou, cookbook Microwave ovens tested safe and proven efficient m over restaurants in North America. Simpsons-Soars demonstration: (day and timrl itnvM Quality Gists No More at Simpsons-Scars STORE HOURS: Open Dally 9 a.m. to p.m. Thundoy and Friday 9 n.m. to 9 p.m. Centra Villnga. Telephone 328-9231. UNIQUE PROJECT Mary Lewis is one of the main organizeri of the Alexandra Park co-operative housing development in Toronto, The 103-uni) project was initialed by Ihe Citizens Housing Committee who decided lo try lo establish a type of home owner- ship for persons noi poor enough to qualify for public hou-sing but unable 1o buy a home at current market prices. Community project helps people buy their own homes TORONTO (CP) Roger Lebrun. a Toronto factory worker with five children, has wanted to buy a house lor the last 15 years. He just couldn't seem to save the big down payment needed. He wanted to put several thousand dollars down to trim his carrying charges, but with his salary and the his wife earns if she part-time as a postal he found it impossible to save that amount. "1 could have done it." he said. "The down payment would have killed us. As far as I was concerned we were never going to own a house." Next August Mr. Lebrun will move into what he consi- ders the next best thing to home Alexan- dra Park co-operative housing development at Queen and Bathurst streets in west-cen- tral Toronto. The cost for his four-bed- room townhouse will be down and a monthly payment of that includes taxes, hydro and heating. He is neilhc" buying nor renting. He and other resi- dents in the 103-um't develop- ment will own the buildings co-operatively. If he decides lo move the co-op will return his down payment. He will never have individual title to his unit LAND LEASED The million project, ex- cluding cost of land, was initi- aled in 1069 by the Citizens Housing Committee, a group of Toronto residents inter- ested in housing. They de- cided to try to establish a type of home ownership for persons not poor enough to qualify for public housing but unable to afford to buy a hmne at current market prices. The development, with one- to five-bedroom lownhouscs and small three-storey apnvt- mcnt buildings, covers a 2'A- acre site with tlw land leased from the city nt a unit a year. Cenlrnl Mortgage and Hou.i- Ing Corp. has agreed U> pay 95 per cent of the cost and the group intend.') to raise the re- in a i n d e r through member lonns nml donations. Monthly payments will be geared to income. Those in MO-a-monlh slnglc-'.'oom units with shared kitchen-lounge and bathroom must earn be- tween and, Those In five-bedroom townbyses. at month, must earn to The income figure is based on the total wage of the main breadwinner plus 50 per cent of the spouse's earnings, less for each child over two years old. If income rises above the maximum allow- able for his unit, t resident will be charged extra. ONE VOTE EACH Based on the principles of non-profit co-operative living, each member will have one vote and it will be up lo them to decide on rent increases, maintenance, house rules and other incidentals involved in trying to live in an experi- mental setting unique to To- ronto. In 19T.4, the first major ownership development in multiple housing opened in Winnipeg, a 200-townhouse project, called Willow Park. Three-bedroom units there rented for in 1964. By 1971 the same unit's rent had risen to The largest development In Canada is Sarcee Meadows, ft 3lilMinit project in Calgary. In Ontario, aside from Alex- andra Park, there is amtlier being designed in Oshslwa, one under construction in Ot- tawa and three others operat- ing in London, Windsor and Mississauga. "Thc-e has been a definite resurgence of the co-op philos- ophy in the last five lo 10 said Mary Lewis, one of the main organizers of the Alexandra Park co-operative. "it's the desire of people lo have control over their own environment, tlie feeling that there