Despite the overall dynamic and unstable political context of Afghanistan, the provinces of Badakhshan and Takhar where Mission East has been working for the last 10 years are relatively stable.
With the help of the international community, through organisations like Mission East and other actors, vulnerable rural communities in these remote mountainous areas have been enabled to begin the process of transition to recovery and rehabilitation.
Nonetheless, enormous challenges remain. Most Afghans still have a life expectancy of only 48,7 years and both Badakhshan and Takhar continue to remain vulnerable to recurrent disaster, chronic food and livelihood insecurity and lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation, exacerbated by poor knowledge and practice of hygiene, nutrition and natural resource management. This have consequences for both men, women and children.
In a remote mountain village in northeastern Afghanistan Mission East is teaching local women to make biological fuel by using cheap and available natural resources.
By Kim Wiesener and Line Højland, Communications Officers
Many families in Afghanistan go to bed hungry. Mission East is training women to support themselves and their families.
In October 2001, US and British Forces invaded Afghanistan and deposed the Taliban regime from power. This opened the door for international aid to the severely tested Afghan population, and Mission East started providing food aid that same winter.
By Line Højland, Communications Officer
Dehydration, abdominal pains and diarrhea were some of the many problems faced by pupils at a girls’ primary school in Rustaq district. With a new water scheme provided by Mission East the students no longer have to suffer from stomach disease and attendance has increased to nearly 100 per cent.