9 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
Amna Mohamed Awad Hussein, a fifteen-year-old from Shalatin in the south of Egypt gained a new perspective on a life and a new set of skills when she attended a USAID funded school for tourism service workers.
“Our life is very simple,” Amna said. “Most people are poor. This school has changed me a lot. When I went to school in my home town, my dreams were very simple. I had no goals to achieve. There I had the feeling that I don’t have a future at all.”
7 APRIL 2012 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
Through USAID-funded Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resources Management Project, 13 local stove makers in Badakhshan and Bamiyan provinces were equipped and trained to manufacture fuel-efficient stoves.
Fuel wood is central to daily life in Afghanistan because it is used to cook and heat houses throughout the country. But the over-harvesting of wood is a threat to Afghan livelihoods and the environment because it can lead to deforestation and soil erosion.
4 APRIL 2012 | NANGARHAR, AFGHANISTAN
3 APRIL 2012 | BAMYAN, AFGHANISTAN
CHALLENGE: Potato production is the mainstay in Bamyan province. Until 2010 productivity was low due to two fundamental factors: the high price and questionable quality of fertilizers available in the province, and the use of recycled and low quality seed. While farmers were generally aware of the potential benefits of the appropriate use of fertilizers and the use of certified seed, they lacked the financial capacity to purchase them, and credit was simply not available.
2 APRIL 2012 | FARYAB, AFGHANISTAN
Conflicting communities were brought together by a USAID-funded irri-gation improvement project, which strength-ened and expanded the Afghan Government’s presence in Shirin Tagab District.
1 APRIL 2012 | KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
1 APRIL 2012 | KUNDUZ, AFGHANISTAN
USAID-funded Community Based Stabilization Grants help connect com-munities in unstable areas to local Af-ghan government entities. Community-government link-ages have led to in-creased cooperation which ensures long term stability in the area.
30 MARCH 2012
Great strides have been made in health and education, bringing more Afghans back into economic and civic life. Institutions that can accountably respond to people's needs and aspirations are being restored. Investments in infrastructure and human capital are making the country less vulnerable to insurgents and illicit business and more attractive for private-sector enterprise.
Last updated: August 21, 2013