29 DECEMBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan’s pomegranate juice is renowned for its flavor within the country, but its benefits have largely been unavailable in other countries. That changed on November 21, when Omaid Bahar Processing Company, a modern juice processing facility established with the support of USAID, secured its first export deal. The deal marks the first export of any kind of Afghan juice to an international buyer.
24 DECEMBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Each morning, Hamida, an eleven-year-old student in Kabul, packs her schoolbag. Alongside her pens and books, she carries a bright green-and-white laptop. “It’s like a friend and teacher to me,” she says. “I can look and try to solve questions and spend my time learning.”
24 DECEMBER 2009 | LAGHMAN PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Ali Jan lives in Mendrawol village in Laghman province, along a road being constructed by USAID. With new roads come community outreach and development projects. In addition to providing better access to schools, clinics, and markets, USAID ensures that its roads projects include development initiatives requested by local communities.
10 DECEMBER 2009 | GHAZNI, AFGHANISTAN
After 30 years of war, many Afghans have been left disabled and unable to find work. To help them become productive members of society, USAID and the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) are working with local NGOs to provide vocational training. With specialized training designed to meet their needs and abilities, disabled men and women are now equipped with job skills that enable them to earn a living and support their families.
10 DECEMBER 2009 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan is a large and diverse country where most citizens live in small, rural villages. Providing health care in these areas is a challenge due to poor roads, security concerns, insufficient medical facilities, and a lack of female healthcare providers in remote areas. Nevertheless, community health workers (CHWs) – male and female volunteers trained to deliver basic healthcare – are improving the health of their fellow Afghans around the country.
10 DECEMBER 2009 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan’s infant, child, and maternal mortality rates are among the world’s highest. Cultural taboos surrounding family planning, as well as a lack of education about effective healthcare for mothers and children, have led to this public health challenge. Throughout the country, there is an acute need to raise awareness about products and practices that keep mothers, children, and families healthy.
10 DECEMBER 2009 | MAZARI SHARIF, AFGHANISTAN
Afghanistan’s hand-woven carpets are world famous and poised to play a significant role in the country’s economic growth. However, the wool thread used to weave the carpets is, more often than not, imported from neighboring countries. Until recently, Afghanistan lacked the wool production and storage facilities to enable the country’s carpet producers to maximize their profits by weaving with domestic wool.
10 DECEMBER 2009 | NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Roads connect communities to needed public services, such as health clinics, schools, and markets. Throughout Afghanistan, USAID is building roads and providing local communities with development projects along those roads, such as the construction of a soap factory in Nangarhar province. This community outreach approach generates income for local residents and demonstrates that roads bring development.
9 DECEMBER 2011 | BADAKHSHAN, AFGHANISTAN
Besides reducing the municipality’s need for costly diesel fuel, the solar lights will improve air quality, reduce crime, facilitate nighttime traffic, extend market hours along the roadway, and improve security for Fayzabad’s citizens.
Last updated: January 07, 2014