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Breaking Boundaries as a Police Officer

“The day my family was celebrating my entry to the Faculty of Literature, I announced that I no longer wanted to study in that field,” says Gulafrooz Ebtekar, a police officer in Afghanistan.  


When the Birds Return

In the early morning of a harsh Kabul winter, almost everything is frozen, including the surface of Kol-e-Hashmat Khan lake.  


On the Road to Equality

Farzana is a 23-year old graphic design student at Kabul University. She is also an activist campaigning for women’s rights.  


A Success that Crosses Boundaries

A cross-border trade fair involving 45 entrepreneurs from Tajikistan and Afghanistan was held in October, and was a resounding success.  


Nilab’s Unwavering Spirit: Volunteering for Change

Imagine a situation where just going to school puts your life at risk. Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, this was the situation for Nilab Aria and many others. In second grade, she had to be…  


Living for Now

“Last winter many homeless people living with HIV died on the streets. We are trying to save more people this year,” says Idris.  


Stoves that Save Lives and Trees

In small forest near Guldara district of Kabul, Shakila sits on a rock to rest after collecting wood for her cookstove. Her eyes water and she finds it hard to breathe, and a fit of coughing overcomes…  


Reasons to Bee Cheerful: Raising Incomes, and Letting Bees Do the Work

For Karima, one of the happiest moments of her life was when she earned her first thousand Afghani (US$ 15), when she sold a kilo of honey made from her own bee-keeping business.  


Water: The Gift of Life

All life on Earth depends on water. For those who grow crops to live, however, it is especially important. After decades of war, Afghanistan’s economy, and the lives of many of its people depend on…  


From a TB Patient to a Health Worker

Twenty-eight-year-old Muhibullah is a tuberculosis (TB) survivor who has become a health worker after being cured of the illness. He has made it his mission to help other patients, and raise awareness…  

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