Blog: Afghanistan

Regrouping and Starting Over

Garden of Peace & Hope, Afghanistan

We have recently found a new local project manager for the Garden of Peace and Hope. As he gets settled in his position and the cold winter months end, we will be able to receive more detailed reports of the activities in the Garden. Thank you for continuing to support this project bringing beauty and art to the city in Afghanistan.

Jeff Latsa

GHNI Regional Field Leader



Successful Hybrid Poplar Planting

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

Our contract with the landlord for the growing hybrid Poplar trees in the Valley of Ali will finish on March 2016. Within seven years, tens of farmers have benefitted from receiving and growing thousands of Poplar cuttings. Previously, these farmers didn't know about hybrid Poplar planting.

Ready for Final Inspections

*Sheldon Village, Afghanistan

Work on the school in Sheldon Village is near complete. The construction company that is building the school is trying to get the engineers from the Education Department in Bamyan to come for the last inspections.

The teachers, elders, and students are so happy about the school’s soon completion. These people have suffered a long time without a school building. Hopefully, the new school will be open for students in next local calendar year.

Thank you,

Overcoming Water Shortages

*Q Village, Afghanistan

During this quarter the following activities have been performed:

This last quarter, the vineyard owner in Q Village has faced the difficulty of water shortage for his vineyard. The 1.5-inch solar water pump, which was provided by GHNI, couldn't irrigate his field, so he requested a second pump. GHNI fulfilled his request with a 1-inch solar water pump and three solar panel batteries for 50% of the shared cost. GHNI contributed 40,000 AFN (about $600)

Aaquel’s Holiday Wish: Buy Food for My Children

By, Dee Rivers

“My one holiday wish is that I never again have to grow opium poppies so I can buy food for my little ones.”  -- Aaquel, Afghanistan

“Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a sobering record high in 2013. According to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, cultivation amounted to some 209,000 hectares ... and representing a 36 per cent increase over 2012.” 


Almost Ready to Open Its Doors

*Sheldon Village, Afghanistan

Work on the school is inching closer to completion. All of the doors and windows have been transported to the work site and have been installed. Furthermore, most of the school furnishings (desks, chairs, and chalkboards) have been sent from Kabul, and GHNI recently provided additional funds for the remainder of the furnishings to be transported to the school.

Seasons of Change

Garden of Peace & Hope, Afghanistan

The Garden of Peace and Hope has remained a bright spot in Kabul and a respite from all of the recent turmoil and attacks. Located inside the grounds of the National Gallery of Afghanistan, it is a refuge for children and adults looking for a bright spot in a troubled city.

Landslide Muddies Water Sources

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

In Yakawlang District, I heard reports of a landslide. **Ashraf called me and confirmed a huge landslide in Darra Ali, about three miles from our growing poplar trees on the mountain. Gravel, mud, and rocks slid down the mountain and made the water muddy, affecting the river from Yakawlang for hundreds of kilometers to the north of Afghanistan.

The Fruition of a Dream for Self-Sustainability

Solar Cookers, Afghanistan

We introduced the solar cooker to this region because deforestation has compounded the problems of aridness and erosion. Many families in the surrounding area have learned the value of solar cookers and are using them to easily cook food and boil water. These families have invested their own money to buy solar cookers in order to save money in the long run and to make their lives easier—especially for women, because the burden of collecting firewood and cooking falls on them.

Self-sustaining Farmers

*Valley of Ali, Afghanistan

Seven years ago, many farmers never knew about hybrid poplar trees, and now they have become self-sustainable. By distributing our poplar cuttings in many different areas, we demonstrated how farmers can obtain and plant fast-growing hybrid poplars.