David Haines David Haines, Country Director, Afghanistan David Haines’ stories Afghanistan: Students welcome visit from British government official July 12, 2012 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 May 15, 2012 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 February 29, 2012 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 January 31, 2012 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 November 10, 2011 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 November 9, 2011 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.