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Local workers rebuilding Tagab District

When USAID team members began visiting the region in August 2007, the team received anything but a warm welcome. On their first visit, their vehicle was attacked by armed men who demanded they evacuate the vehicle. However, after the team members explained they were in Tagab to help, the attackers invited them to sit and have tea.

“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. 


Last updated: August 16, 2016

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