USAID / I-PACS II
USAID Resource Centers bring library and internet facilities to low income families in Kandahar province.
4 NOVEMBER 2012 | KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Limited access to libraries and the internet continues to pose problems for Afghan students that are trying to continue their education. In Kandahar, young people face many hurdles in their efforts to gain access to such resources such as traveling long distances, insecurity, and long queues at most public facilities further limiting access to only a few individuals. USAID-funded Initiative to Promote Civil Society, IPACS II Project has established the Resource center in Kandahar which is accessible eight hours a day, six days a week, and provides a much needed resource for many young people few available options and low income.
Fedah Mohammad Yosufzai is a 19 year old student that travels two hours to reach Kandahar to access the library and internet services at the Center. Prior to using the Resource Center in Kandahar, he was only able to access the public library once a week for a two hour period. “I would stand in line, waiting for a spot to open up. There was a huge demand from students needing the library and computer services.”
Fedah, determined to continue his studies, tried using private internet providers but it turned out to be very costly to purchase even one hour of computer time and he was still unable to access books and other important publications.
Before USAID established the Resource Centers, Fedah had few options available to him. Today, it is different: large numbers of students and other citizens are able, at no cost, to access the Kandahar Resource Center to find books and other publications and use computers with internet access.
Last updated: January 07, 2014