David Haines David Haines, Country Director, Afghanistan Profile David Haines directs Mercy Corps programs in Afghanistan. David Haines’ stories Afghanistan: Students welcome visit from British government official The normal school day at our vocational training center in rural Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan was recently shaken up — but students were eager to discuss the changes education has brought to their lives. Afghanistan: New graduates yield unexpected returns The latest group of students to graduate from our vocational training program in southern Afghanistan — more than 3,600 of them — show that real success is giving young people hope. Afghanistan: Building better lives in the midst of conflict As the uncertain tensions and violence in Afghanistan continue, our predominantly Afghan team is working tirelessly to ensure that community needs are met. Afghanistan: Winter in Afghanistan brings its own challenges In freezing conditions, Afghanistan's most vulnerable are in need of water and warmth. As we help them cope with immediate needs, we're also building a stronger economy to help break the cycle of poverty. Afghanistan: Helmand-born, university-bound I was at the Mercy Corps Vocational Training Centre this morning checking in with the team and catching up with some of the students and teachers. Afghanistan: What it's like in Helmand Helmand, where I’ve worked for the last two years, is certainly a fascinating place. It is a place where you can wake to yet another suicide bombing that rattles the windows and leaves you wondering who might have been the target this time.