Internet Access for Disabled Afghans

An Economics student from Nangarhar University is using the Multimedia Center in Jalalabad.
An Economics student from Nangarhar University is using the Multimedia Center in Jalalabad.
USAID/AMDEP/ANAAR
USAID-funded multimedia centers in Herat, Ma-zar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Kandahar offer access to the Internet and provide training in new media skills to all Af-ghan citizens interested in getting connected and expressing themselves creatively.
18 APRIL 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
 
With an estimated 4% of the population in Afghanistan using the Internet, ordinary Afghan citizens, particularly those residing in rural and underserved regions, have limited access to this vital resource.
 
Due to the wealth of opportunities that access to the Internet and new technologies presents for both individuals and communities, USAID-funded Afghan Media Development Project (AMDEP) implemented by Internews, has launched a network of four Anaar Multimedia Centers in Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad and Kandahar. The centers offer Afghans access to the Internet and provide training in new media skills in an effort to increase connectivity, build civil society networks, and enable citizens’ creative self-expression.
 
Since their launching in August 2011, the Multimedia Centers have opened their doors to over 10,000 visitors, and have also ensured accessibility for the disabled. 
 
Mohitullah Mujahid, an Economics student from Nangarhar University, is a frequent visitor of the Multimedia Center in Jalalabad despite being disabled.  The Center has presented Mohitullah with opportunities to ease the daily burdens of being disabled.
 
“Before coming to this center, I had little information about the Internet. Now I know how to use it to improve my life and profession. Now it is easy for me to solve my own professional problems and I can connect to the world very easily.”
 
A full version of the interview with Mohitullah can be found by clicking here.

Last updated: January 03, 2014

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