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A girls toilet has improved the attendance of both girls and boys in the school
When Gazergah school in Chall district, Takhar  province  got a separate girls’ toilet, it had enormous consequences for the children's well-being and health.   "Before, it was a punishment to go to school because we could only use the bathroom in the afternoon. Now it's much nicer, because we can go to the bathroom whenever we want. Now I enjoy going to school, and I find that I learn more, "says Hanifa , who is a student at Gazergah school. Before there was only one toilet at the school. In the morning it was only the boys who got to use it, and in the afternoon , it was the girls' turn....
Access to credit: Due to her situation, Sayeed was invited to participate when Mission East, in cooperation with local village councils, organized training for kitchen gardening. "I learned a lot about farming, sales and a healthy diet for children," Sayeed says. Later, Mission East received permission to help the women in the village to start self-help groups. The group members learn how to save up money together, and take loans from the money collected. The poor rarely have access to loans from a bank, because they cannot provide security. Furthermore because there are no banks in the...
Piger i Afghanistan
Once again, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs supports Mission East’s work in the north-eastern part of Afghanistan.   Their help amounts to more than 1.5 million Euros for a project assisting the local population in the provinces of Badakshan and Takhar. Targeting 25,000 inhabitants in 40 villages, the project includes water supply, improvements of rural infrastructure and cultivation of fruits and vegetables in order to improve the nutritional situation of the villagers. Moreover, women are equipped to become self-supporting through the establishment of small businesses, enabling them...
The wall protects the school from being flooded.
How can your money grow to seven times its value?   While you are reading this, a stone wall is being built in Afghanistan. Not far from the wall is a school where 1,100 Afghan girls and boys from three poor villages learn how to read and write, and where 24 teachers make a living to support their families.   It is costly to build the wall. So why does Mission East not spend the money on school books or chalk? What good is a pile of rocks for the children, who could buy a large amount of pencils and books for the same amount of money? The explanation is very simple and illustrates the kind of...
Young Afghan boys drink safe water thanks to water systems from Mission East.
Two weeks ago, Mission East and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs entered a second contract for assistance to the population in remote regions of north-eastern Afghanistan. The contract was signed following a trip to Afghanistan in April 2011, where two representatives of the German Government had the opportunity to closely inspect the work of Mission East in remote villages in the area, and thus review the results of our first major project financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Read the whole story and see the pictures from the visit in Afghanistan here.   On June 8th,...
Happy men in Afghnistan.
Mission East introduced the first beehive to the village of Pumbak in Afghanistan in 2006. Although some considerable initial training was required to introduce the basic skills and concepts of beekeeping - starting from the difference between bees, flies and mosquitoes - the project is now a great success. So far, these buzzing insects have provided 125 of the most vulnerable families (approximately 800 people in total) with a new opportunity to improve their lives. Satar and Naqsh, whose stories are told below, are just two of these people.     By Nadir Faez, Agriculture Coordinator,...
Mission East is sending a team to Pakistan in order to determine the specific emergency needs that we can address and to discuss with local communities how we can work together for early recovery response – especially in rebuilding and securing livelihoods for the future.   The 2010 Pakistan floods began in July 2010 after record heavy monsoon rains. At least 1,600 people were killed, thousands were rendered homeless, and more than fourteen million people were affected. Estimates from rescue-service-officials suggest the death-toll may reach 3,000 victims. According to a recent estimate of...

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