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“I did not have peace of mind farming poppies,” says Almas-ullah.

Mr. Almas-ullah, a 41-year old farmer in eastern Afghanistan, has been farming poppies since his childhood. Unhappy with growing the illegal crop, he decided he wanted to earn a legitimate living.  “Poppy farming did not significantly improve our lives. I didn’t have peace of mind and always felt guilty,” said Almas-ullah.

A quick response from the Ministry of Education now means children can study inside classrooms, away from the harsh Afghan weath

Children in Goshta now study inside classrooms instead of tents thanks to the efforts of the community and the cooperation of the provincial and district governments.

Goshta School after construction; eight classrooms accommodate 364 boys and girls

Nestled near the border of Pakistan, Goshta district is a remote, rural district in Nangarhar province.  This mountainous region experiences extreme weather conditions that shape the lifestyles and livelihoods of the local population.  Among those at the mercy of the weather are the children.  Until this summer, the children did not have a proper school building.  They attended classes in tents and in the open air with rocks to mark their classroom boundaries.  As a result of the austere environment, many children did not go to school.

Laborers worked overnight to avoid disrupting daytime school operation.

In August of 2007, the Ministry of Education achieved a significant milestone by laying the foundation of the new Ghazi Boy’s High School in Kabul, Afghanistan.  When completed in late 2009, this $6.25 million school construction project will provide modern classrooms, laboratories, and other learning facilities for over 5,000 students, including the 1,750 students who currently study outside or in temporary shelters. 

The rehabilitated Karaste Canal channels water to low-lying farms and sloping and upland fields in Tagab District, spurring agri

In the sweeping valley of Karaste in the Tagab District of Badakshan province, a cluster of villages dot the banks of the Tagab River. These farming communities, comprised of about 3,000 families, have long been hoping to have a reliable water supply to make their land more productive. In the late 1970s, a small canal was built in this area but due to a flaw in design it functioned for only one season. The canal was abandoned and eventually the intake and upstream portion of the canal were totally destroyed by flashfloods and lack of maintenance.

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Last updated: March 08, 2016

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