Improve the quality of life of ordinary citizens by working with communities and local leaders to create and strengthen sustainable, legitimate livelihoods. Promote gender integration and equal opportunities for women and girls.
Decades of ongoing conflict, political instability, drought and economic chaos have left Afghanistan one of the world’s poorest and unstable nations. Eighty-five percent of the population relies on agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods, leaving them vulnerable in a precarious economy.
- Agriculture & Food: Increasing farmers' production through training, infrastructure and links to local and global markets
- Economic opportunity: Providing training and work opportunities in areas ranging from road-building to poultry farming
- Environment: Identify and address natural resource depletion by educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water development
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses
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Afghanistan: Dozens killed, 100 injured in new Afghan quake
A third powerful earthquake to hit northern Afghanistan in less then two months has killed dozens of people and injured hundreds. The magnitude 5.8 quake struck early Friday morning and was centered near the village of Doabi in the Nahrin district about 100 miles north of Kabul.
Afghanistan: Giving back by going back
He comes from a place called Sheen Kallay, or green village, but after fours years of drought there are only small patches of green near the southern Afghanistan hometown of Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti.
Afghanistan: Hospital worker, staff provide lifesaving care in southern Afghanistan
Abdul Qayyoum took on the role of administrator of the Mercy Corps-run Hazarjuft Hospital in the southern Afghanistan Helmand province just three months after it opened its doors in 1999.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps staff report "total devastation" in villages hit by quake
Mercy Corps staff in northern Afghanistan report widespread damage to homes and infrastructure in Nahrin and surrounding villages following severe earthquakes and continuing aftershocks that began on Monday. The number of injured is likely to rise as rescue teams reach outlying villages.
Afghanistan: A new era begins as Afghan schools reopen
The first step in the long road to the revitalization of the education system in Afghanistan is being hailed as a great success, but there is a long way to go to expand the educational opportunities for the country’s 4.5 million school age children.
Afghanistan: Commentary: Don't miss opportunity to help Afghans' education
Being a refugee from Afghanistan has often gotten me attention. Since Sept. 11, the level of interest about my life and beliefs has risen exponentially. I am often asked to share my thoughts and experiences with others.
Afghanistan: Nine-year-old boy lends a heart to help Afghans
When Josh Norville, 9, of Oregon City, Oregon heard a news report about families suffering this winter in Afghanistan he decided he wanted to do something to help.
Afghanistan: From nomad to doctor
I was born to a nomadic family in Afghanistan. I did not have the opportunity to go school or Madrassa (religious school) when I was young. I was not taught how to read. No one in my family could read or write. We did not enjoy the basic right to literacy.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps distributes school and hospital supplies in Kabul, Afghanistan
From the hands of students in Issaquah, Washington to desks of children in Kabul, Afghanistan, a Mercy Corps relief mission is helping to deliver much needed aid while also bringing people together.
Afghanistan: Kabul area health clinics in desperate need of rehabilitation
A Mercy Corps assessment team recently visited health clinics in the villages outside the Afghanistan capital, Kabul, and found health facilities lacking basic medicines and patients forced to wait on hallway floors because there were no beds.