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  • Lighting up the Homes and Lives of ThousandsLighting up the Homes and Lives of ThousandsOct 1, 2013Eleven-year-old Mohamed Nasim, who is in sixth grade, wakes up at 5:30 every morning to take computer lessons in a makeshift classroom here in Borghaso village, Bamyan Province, northwest of Kabul. He draws a house in Microsoft Paint, colors it, and types his name in the corner as his young teacher watches over his shoulders.

  • Environmental Councils Changing Face of Development in Proviincial CommunitiesEnvironmental Councils Changing Face of Development in Proviincial CommunitiesJun 18, 2013Char-i-Kar, Parwar Province: Standing at the edge of Joe-e-Projey canal in the northern town of Char-i-Kar, Mohammad Tahir, a car mechanic, rues the fate of children who drink water from the local canal. “This canal has snuffed out many, many young lives. It is a bed of dirt and disease,” he says sadly, with moist eyes.

  • Ushering in a ‘Green’ Bags Culture, Saying No to Plastic Glut in AfghanistanUshering in a ‘Green’ Bags Culture, Saying No to Plastic Glut in AfghanistanNov 7, 2013Eleven-year-old Mohamed Nasim, who is in sixth grade, wakes up at 5:30 every morning to take computer lessons in a makeshift classroom here in Borghaso village, Bamyan Province, northwest of Kabul. He draws a house in Microsoft Paint, colors it, and types his name in the corner as his young teacher watches over his shoulders.

  • Forest Preservation at a Remote Area in Badakhshan Province Generates Rural LivelihoodsForest Preservation at a Remote Area in Badakhshan Province Generates Rural LivelihoodsJan 29, 2015A forest that blankets a mountain along the Kishim River in Tagab district of northeastern Badakhshan province and where wild animals, rare plants and a variety of natural fruit trees inhabit has been preserved. Behind this success is Rural Green Environment Organization (RGEO), which, as a result, has been able to generate livelihood opportunities for rural communities dwelling near the forest. This organization has been engaged in protecting the natural resources in the area since 2002.

  • Bamiyan’s Zargaran Township Runs an Exemplary Initiative to Remove WasteBamiyan’s Zargaran Township Runs an Exemplary Initiative to Remove WasteJul 23, 2015Due to an upsurge in urban migration, new townships are appearing all across Afghanistan. But how do the new residents in these towns dispose of their waste? In Bamiyan’s Zargaran Township, the Green Afghanistan Association (GAA), a local NGO, with support from UNDP and the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme, has put rubbish bins on the streets of this town.

  • Female Rangers, Female Role ModelsFemale Rangers, Female Role ModelsJul 14, 2015Jahanbin is not a man who is easily frightened or thwarted. As a ranger in one of Afghanistan’s two national parks, he’s been out alone in the vast empty spaces of the northern plateau and he’s faced gangs of poachers and crowds of belligerent tourists who don’t want to follow the rules. Unarmed and with the nearest police station several miles away, he’s held his own and talked his way out of trouble until help can arrive.

  • Band-e-Amir: Afghanistan’s hidden wonderlandBand-e-Amir: Afghanistan’s hidden wonderlandAug 30, 2015The evidence was out there weeks before anyone even knew. On July 07, 2014, a small box hidden way out on the northern plateau – an open area of inhospitable hills and valleys in the Afghanistan’s central Bamyan province – clicked into life and snapped a photo of a Persian leopard – a species of wild cat long thought to be extinct in this area.