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Azin Tani, the principal at Bibi Halima Girls School in Khost City, remembers the health issues that her students faced when they studied in poorly ventilated classrooms. “Five to seven girls a day fainted because of the heat. On one occasion, we ran out of cars and could not transport all of the sick students to the hospital. A few of the older girls were forced to remain behind, lying in the shade while some of the teachers fanned them until they were able to stand.”
As part of efforts to support the right to universal education listed in the National Constitution of Afghanistan, government leaders in Khost Province reached out to USAID for help in rescuing the school, which was in a troubling state of decay.
Van Services Organization trained 15 young women in professional media “dubbing” skills through a USAID grant.

Few Afghan women have opportunities to pursue careers in media-related activities. Media professions are both risky and at odds with traditional Afghan society. The journey toward a media career is riddled with challenges, especially because women have few opportunities to receive professional training using modern equipment. A few institutions offer training, but their fees are unaffordable for most women. Dubbing foreign films and animations is a distinctive area. It requires vocal acting and precision. Dubbing skills are sought after by several Afghan TV stations.

Implementation of the school furniture project has improved the community's confidence in the local government's ability to addr

Kura-e-Mabain is a remote village located in Shahr-e-Buzurg District of Badakhshan Province. The local middle school in the village is a state-run institution that did not have any furniture. Approximately 450 boys and 300 girls from four local villages attend the school.

USAID-funded machinery in use at Qaderi Plastic Recycling Company.

Balkh Province, situated in Afghanistan’s northern region, covers an area more than 16,000 km2 and is the fastest growing area in the country. With a population of more than 1.1 million throwing away waste products, the affect on the environment is hazardous. Many consumer products such as bottled-water, oil, beverages, dairy products, etc., are supplied in plastic packs. Considering the relatively high population growth, solid waste – plastic in particular – is also growing in the region. Currently, the municipality collects and disposes of all waste. There aren’t many private firms that collect and recycle plastic.

Graduates of the USAID Media Law Program pose for a group picture.

Afghan journalists work in an uncertain political, legal, and regulatory environment, which can have a chilling effect on media content and open and fair discussion about social and political issues. Journalists often find themselves carefully negotiating complex issues attracting all range of legal threats.

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Last updated: October 24, 2016

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