Often, affected people need to tell their story in order to show the significance and scope of the German Cooperation with Afghanistan.

Take the jeweller for instance, whose new machinery and creative ideas have allowed her to export her goods to Europe from one day to the next. Thanks to her success, she was able to employ more staff. Her previously little known village suddenly got more important for the region.

Or, take the father, who bought a plot of land together with other committed parents in order to build a new school where local girls and boys now enjoy education on equal terms.

These stories give a face to the German Cooperation with Afghanistan. We have collected impressive stories showcasing people whose lives have been significantly influenced thanks to the German Cooperation’s activities in Afghanistan.

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Since we have the new water supply, I have not received sick notes because of vomiting or diarrhoea anymore.
It is a sunny morning at Farida Balkh School in Balkh’s provincial capital Mazar-e Sharif. About 4,000 pupils from the city go to school here every day. The children in the schoolyard look healthy and eager to learn. But that was not always the case.
The farmers at the upper end of the channel get 30 minutes of water at a time and those at the lower end get 50 minutes – and that happens several times a day.
Mahsel gazes with satisfaction at the masses of water pouring out of the Amu Darya River into the new Baladory irrigation channel. The irrigation system starts at the flood control barrier in Shamaq village in Baghlan Province and extends 22 kilometres downriver. Around 5,000 farmers working a...