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  • A Picture of Progress
    Apr 8, 2018

    Mina Naibkhil is a 21-year old Afghan woman studying art at Kabul University. Her paintings reflect her view of women’s life in Afghanistan, and draw on imagery of a world in which women are bold and empowered. “We can touch the heart with our art,” says Mina: “I try to conduct a dialogue with society about women’s abilities with my paintings.”

  • “Better Health for a Better Life” Herat Multidrug-Resistant TB Ward Saves Lives
    Mar 18, 2018

    Abdul Majid’s mother was sick for ten years. However, because of limited access to health facilities in their remote village, she was not able to get the treatment she needed for her form of tuberculosis (TB). Finally, she died of the illness.

  • Ayan Beg: Poacher Turned Gamekeeper
    Feb 28, 2018

    “The snow leopard is the most beautiful animal I have ever seen,” says Ayan Beg, a wildlife ranger in Wakhan National Park. Ayan started hunting in the mountains with his father when he was 14 years old. Now 36, he is working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and his job is to protect animals instead of kill them.

  • Malalai: Learning to Save Lives
    Feb 1, 2018

    Malalai Noori, 19, lives in Paktia province in east Afghanistan, a conservative area where many families do not allow their girls to go to school.

  • Pilawary Farm: Helping Women Grow out of Poverty
    Dec 26, 2017

    Gul Pari, a 37-year old mother of five, arrived in Kabul eight years ago.

  • RUKHSHANA – How an Abused Young Afghan Woman Found Access to Justice
    Dec 23, 2017

    Rukshana (name changed) is a young woman who lives in Herat province, Afghanistan. When she was 12 years old, she was forced to marry a 50-year-old man. She was then forbidden to visit her parents, and she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her in-laws.

  • Toryalai: A Migrant’s Story
    Dec 11, 2017

    On March 12, representatives from UNDP, the Australian Government and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) visited AliceGhan township, located 30 kilometers north of Kabul, where, with the help of Australian funding, UNDP has built latrines, kitchens, boundary walls and storage rooms in 300 houses of internally displaced people. One of the residents, Ahmad, says, “We needed a boundary wall to keep our children safe from strangers and wild animals.” The construction work provided over 55,000 labor days over five months.

  • Energy Experts of the Future
    Oct 29, 2017

    Hasan Mahdi, 22, in his last year studying at the engineering faculty at the University of Kabul, has just learned some new scientific skills.

  • Windows of Happiness
    Oct 15, 2017

    Nafisa is a 42-year-old woman from Zinda Jan district in Herat, Afghanistan, married, with five daughters and two sons.

  • Environment Friendly Farming Improves Gender and Economic Equality for Women
    Oct 15, 2017

    Ghuncha Gul is a woman farmer fondly known as ‘honey’ by her villagers as she keeps bees to make honey. She also manages a greenhouse.

  • A Picture of Progress
    Apr 8, 2018

    Mina Naibkhil is a 21-year old Afghan woman studying art at Kabul University. Her paintings reflect her view of women’s life in Afghanistan, and draw on imagery of a world in which women are bold and empowered. “We can touch the heart with our art,” says Mina: “I try to conduct a dialogue with society about women’s abilities with my paintings.”

  • “Better Health for a Better Life” Herat Multidrug-Resistant TB Ward Saves Lives
    Mar 18, 2018

    Abdul Majid’s mother was sick for ten years. However, because of limited access to health facilities in their remote village, she was not able to get the treatment she needed for her form of tuberculosis (TB). Finally, she died of the illness.

  • Ayan Beg: Poacher Turned Gamekeeper
    Feb 28, 2018

    “The snow leopard is the most beautiful animal I have ever seen,” says Ayan Beg, a wildlife ranger in Wakhan National Park. Ayan started hunting in the mountains with his father when he was 14 years old. Now 36, he is working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and his job is to protect animals instead of kill them.

  • Malalai: Learning to Save Lives
    Feb 1, 2018

    Malalai Noori, 19, lives in Paktia province in east Afghanistan, a conservative area where many families do not allow their girls to go to school.

  • Pilawary Farm: Helping Women Grow out of Poverty
    Dec 26, 2017

    Gul Pari, a 37-year old mother of five, arrived in Kabul eight years ago.

  • RUKHSHANA – How an Abused Young Afghan Woman Found Access to Justice
    Dec 23, 2017

    Rukshana (name changed) is a young woman who lives in Herat province, Afghanistan. When she was 12 years old, she was forced to marry a 50-year-old man. She was then forbidden to visit her parents, and she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her in-laws.

  • Toryalai: A Migrant’s Story
    Dec 11, 2017

    On March 12, representatives from UNDP, the Australian Government and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) visited AliceGhan township, located 30 kilometers north of Kabul, where, with the help of Australian funding, UNDP has built latrines, kitchens, boundary walls and storage rooms in 300 houses of internally displaced people. One of the residents, Ahmad, says, “We needed a boundary wall to keep our children safe from strangers and wild animals.” The construction work provided over 55,000 labor days over five months.

  • Energy Experts of the Future
    Oct 29, 2017

    Hasan Mahdi, 22, in his last year studying at the engineering faculty at the University of Kabul, has just learned some new scientific skills.

  • Windows of Happiness
    Oct 15, 2017

    Nafisa is a 42-year-old woman from Zinda Jan district in Herat, Afghanistan, married, with five daughters and two sons.

  • Environment Friendly Farming Improves Gender and Economic Equality for Women
    Oct 15, 2017

    Ghuncha Gul is a woman farmer fondly known as ‘honey’ by her villagers as she keeps bees to make honey. She also manages a greenhouse.

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