Program Updates

Last updated: August 07, 2019

August 7, 2019

Hadia Naimi is no stranger to hardship. She had always wanted to obtain an international post-graduate education but had to turn down three scholarship offers due to financial constraints. Hadia, who is from Badakhshan province in Afghanistan, was employed on an exciting project with GIZ, the German Development Agency in Afghanistan, when she chose to invest her time and energy in her personal growth. She applied for a USAID-sponsored education scholarship that offered extensive financial support. She was accepted, and Hadia quickly found her feet among new surroundings in India where she is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Amity University, New Delhi.

August 7, 2019

In rural eastern Afghanistan, home-based agricultural processing is a reliable means for widowed women to support their families. However, these women often operate in the shadow economy with inefficient methods of processing and absent food safety standards and protocols.

July 31, 2019

After graduating from Herat University, Elham Waiezi attended numerous interviews, but potential employers were hesitant to make her an offer with no previous work experience. Elham was the only woman in her family to pursue higher education. Most of her relatives were married, settled down, and had children right after school. Like many young women graduating school, she was under pressure to follow the same path. Elham has always been a hard worker and fiercely determined to obtain her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Unfortunately, having no income, she had to put her dreams of getting a Master’s Degree aside and look for a job.

July 31, 2019

Sadaf* is from Laghman Province in eastern Afghanistan. She has always had a passion for education. In 2013, she left Laghman to attend Nangarhar University. While at school, she worked part-time as a teacher for local private schools. Sadaf experienced many of the challenges that women in Afghanistan face in school, including discrimination and harassment. Four years later, she graduated with a degree in Teacher Training. She was determined to build a career that would help her make education more accessible for women.

July 31, 2019

Tuberculosis (TB) is a preventable and treatable disease, but unfortunately is one of the main public health problems in Afghanistan. The social stigma associated with having TB negatively impacts the early case detection. And even when patients identify TB, the expense of anti-TB drugs on the market often prohibit patients from being able to afford the full the treatment period required.

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