Strengthening Communities in Flood Risk Reduction


Most of the hillsides in northern Afghanistan are not forested or covered with grass, and when heavy rains come the land is susceptible to erosion. Floods caused by rainfall or springtime snow melt can cause damage to infrastructure such as roads and irrigation canals, fields, and property.

In the past few years Shelter For Life’s teams in Afghanistan have implemented many projects to help communities protect themselves against the devastating effects of floods. These measures include building retaining walls, trenches, and terraces to minimize the effects of erosion. Hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted to help stabilize the soil, and provide fruit and nuts. And canals and aqueducts have been built to channel water to farmers’ fields.

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Mustafa Omar
Chief Executive Officer

Mustafa Omar has worked in Shelter For Life’s field projects and headquarters organizational management positions, leading operations and business development around the world. Mr. Omar has managed and overseen a variety of projects in some of the world’s most difficult places to work, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, and South Sudan. He holds a degree in Economics from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and a graduate degree in Urban Planning from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Gordon Wright
Vice Chairman

Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.