Archive for March, 2010

Report: Afghanistan Plans Bill Trading and Bond Sales

Aimal Hashoor, a spokesman for Da Afghanistan Bank, the central bank in Afghanistan that regulates the banking and money handling operations, told Bloomberg news yesterday that “Afghanistan plans to allow trading in central bank bills and start selling longer-term government bonds in the coming year to diversify funding sources after receiving more than $30 billion […]

March 16, 2010 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Reconstruction and Development

Western Afghanistan: High School and Women’s Center Get New Computers

Recently, a local high school in the Ghoryan district of Herat province in western Afghanistan was equipped with 20 personal computers, a printer and scanner and local area network access.  Funding was provided by the Italian government. Also, in Farah City, Farah Provincial Governor Rahul Amin officially dedicated a new Women’s Empowerment Center with a […]

March 16, 2010 · admin · One Comment
Posted in: Reconstruction and Development, Women's Rights

Afghan Children Will Be Vaccinated Against Polio

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Health, working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is currently conducting a major campaign to vaccinate an estimated 7.7 million children under the age of 5 against polio.  Polio which is short for poliomyelitis, is a highly infectious disease that affects the nervous system and can […]

March 16, 2010 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Health News

School funded by American actress Angelina Jolie benefits girls in eastern Afghanistan

Award winning American Actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador had provided $75,000 to build a school in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. The school was recently inaugurated (before the start of the 2010 school year). The school has eight classrooms, four administration buildings, a well and eight latrines. The school can accommodate up to 800 […]

March 16, 2010 · admin · 2 Comments
Posted in: Education, Reconstruction and Development

Another step towards Afghan self sufficiency: Sewing shop puts Afghans to work supporting the National Army

Photos below show Afghan seamstresses preparing flags and uniforms that will be used by the Afghan Military. See video of the sewing shop:

March 14, 2010 · admin · One Comment
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Job Creation, Reconstruction and Development, Women's Rights

Tour de Pakistan update: Two Afghan cyclists finish in the top 5 – win prize money

Yesterday, the Tour de Pakistan cycle race concluded with two Afghans finishing in the top five. The Tour de Pakistan, modeled after the Tour de France, is a bicycle race race held in Pakistan in which riders cover 1,655 kilometers (1,028 miles). The race began with 62 participants including five Afghan riders. This year, the […]

March 14, 2010 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghan Sports News

Improvement In Health System: Extension Added To Bamiyan Hospital

Earlier this week (March 8th), Afghanistan’s first female governor, Habiba Sorabi,  hosted an opening ceremony on a new extension for Bamiyan Hospital.  The new extension of the hospital includes a diagnostic lab, a radiology suite, a pharmacy and a tele-medicine facility.  A play area was also put in the pediatric facility. Funding for the project […]

March 11, 2010 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Health News, Reconstruction and Development

A Big Week For Education In Afghanistan

On Tuesday, the Japanese government provided Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education with US$ 19.5 Million to promote literacy, particularly in rural villages.  The ministry will spend the money across 15 different provinces and they say some 300,000 illiterate Afghans will be taught how to read. Today, local radio is reporting that Ghazni officials have announced the […]

March 11, 2010 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Education, Women's Rights

Shukria Asil and Shafiqa Quraishi of Afghanistan at the the 2010 International Women of Courage Awards event

Bios: Shukria Asil Shafiqa Quraishi See video of the event:

March 10, 2010 · admin · 2 Comments
Posted in: Women's Rights

New bridge built in Herat province’s Zeerko Valley

Yesterday, Afghan and foreign officials formally inaugurated a new bridge that was built in the Zeerko Valley of Herat province. The new bridge, which is 8 meters wide and 160 meters long, is in the Shindband district (south Herat), bordering Farah province. Afghan officials say that this new bridge is very important for the movement […]

March 10, 2010 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Job Creation, Reconstruction and Development

Another village now has electricity!

The video report below shows that electricity is now available to over 200 families in Kadanak village, which is located in Afghanistan’s southwestern province of Farah. Farah lies on the Iranian border.

March 9, 2010 · admin · One Comment
Posted in: Reconstruction and Development

Women’s business center to be built in Herat

Yesterday, foreign and Afghan officials attended a foundation stone-laying ceremony for a new 5,489 square feet women’s business center that will be built in Afghanistan’s western province of Herat.  According to a press release received by “The center was donated by the Italian Ministry of Defense and is in cooperation with the Department for […]

March 8, 2010 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Reconstruction and Development, Women's Rights