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Transforming Lives

Elaha Sahel receiving an award for ‘Dying at an Address’

When a recent survey of residents of Herat revealed they knew little or nothing about municipal services, local officials realized it was time to get creative. With support from USAID’s Regional Afghan Municipalities Program for Urban Populations West (RAMP UP) program, Herat municipality organized a documentary film competition titled Herat From a Citizen’s Perspective.

"Growing broccoli has made my life much easier." - Sayed Amir, farmer in Tehlanchi village, Parwan province

Experts brought in by USAID’s Incentives Driving Economic Alternatives for the North, East and West (IDEA-NEW) project suggested Amir and other farmers in Parwan try growing broccoli instead of giving all their land over to cabbage, carrots, radishes, cauliflower and wheat. The farmers learned frost-protection techniques, how to apply fertilizer and drip irrigation. Amir says it was the most important training session of his life. Until then, he had used traditional farming methods.

Dr Raqib examines a sheep at a Kuchi settlement in Laghman province

Abdul Raqib’s veterinary service covers 320 villages strung across five districts in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Laghman. For Dr Raqib, it is a dream come true. The veterinarian had long wanted to expand veterinary services in the province.

Author Javid Kotwal (on the left) and publisher Mohammad Hussain Mohammadi displaying their newest offerings, each with an ISBN

The Kabul Public Library, Afghanistan’s largest and oldest, has more than 200,000 books, but none evoke more pride than its newest acquisitions. They are the first locally published books in the library to bear ISBNs, the unique 13-digit International Standard Book Number that identifies each title’s country of origin, publisher and edition.

The workshop on women’s rights in Islam in Baghdis province

Bibi Gol emerged from the two-day workshop in Baghdis, northwestern Afghanistan, a changed woman. “Before, I did not know about women’s right to education or my right to participate in elections,” she explained, describing the subjects discussed at the workshop on women’s rights in Islam.

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Last updated: January 16, 2015

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