USAID joined with the authorities in Khost, eastern Afghanistan, to re-model the dilapidated Bibi Halima school to telling effect. Just over 500 people from Khost City were recruited to repair the classrooms, toilets and walkways. They improved the electr
24 JULY 2012 | KHOST, AFGHANISTAN
When the government of Khost province in eastern Afghanistan joined with USAID to repair a dilapidated girls’ school in the capital, Khost City, few could have predicted the effect this would have on the local community.
Just over 500 people from Khost City - 480 men and 30 women – were recruited to repair the classrooms, 30 toilets and walkways of Bibi Halima school. They improved the electrical wiring and installed 68 ceiling fans. Till then, the students endure the summer heat in stifling classrooms. The results were dramatic. School enrolment rose – from 4,800 to 5,200. Fifteen more teachers were recruited. Both students and teachers reported vast improvements in the overall environment.