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Transforming Lives

Girls at Fatima Balkhi Girls' High School in Mazar-e-Sharif happily unpacking books recieved through USAID funds.

To improve access to quality education services in Afghanistan, a USAID project has disseminated educational materials to rural communities to improve literacy and promote a culture of reading in Afghanistan. Through the project, about 200 libraries have been established and more than 100,000 books distributed around the country. Each library is initially provided with 500 books that are approved by the Ministry of Education and available in both Dari and Pashto. Positive results are evident throughout Afghanistan.

Laborers clear the Khalach Canal, improving farming capacity in Hilmand’s Nawa District.

Today, lush, green farmland stretches as far as the eye can see on either side of Nawa’s Khalach Canal. Until recently, however, much of the rich soil in this Hilmand district suffered from poor irrigation and neglect. Splotches of dried brown earth replaced vibrant green crops in many areas, as the water flow from local canals was staunched by accumulated silt, overgrown reeds, and years of inadequate maintenance.

Water from Al Buroni University's new solar water pump spills into a concrete reservoir that feeds the lower farm.

The Al Buroni University in Kapisa Province, named after the famous medieval Islamic scholar from the region, serves more than 2,000 students and offers programs in engineering, medicine, law, and literature. The university also has a strong agricultural program, which provides practical education and experience for its students. Demonstration plots are used for crop research and the cultivation of new varieties of forestry, fruit, and nut trees. The agricultural program also maintains vineyards and raises vegetable and cereal crops, some of which provide additional income for the university and food for its students.

In Farah City, women work on the exterior of the Women’s Affair’s building. More than 410 female laborers were hired for major r
During the Taliban’s rule, most schools across the country were closed or abandoned. Education for girls was illegal. Schools were often attacked and the whole concept of secular education was abandoned. Although schools are now opening across the country, with many offering education to girls, most schools are in deplorable condition, being neither suitable nor safe for children. In Farah City, many local school buildings were disintegrating in the heat and desert air. For local government officials, there was little or no money to apply to school renovations.
Furniture procured by the community for the CDC Center in Deh Sabz District.

Community Development Council members meet regularly with local government representatives in the community center, which has played a significant role in bridging the gap between the community and the local government.


Last updated: October 24, 2016

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