Our Afghan programme offers an integrated approach to agriculture, soil and water conservation, and community-based education. The programme will bolster local decision-making structures to support the ongoing development of the people.
Caritas is supporting an education and rural development programme in Bamyan province in Afghanistan. Our partner Catholic Relief Services (CRS - a US-based Caritas member) is working with communities on soil and water conservation to better manage watersheds and the steep slopes that surround deep, green valleys.The technique used reduces flooding and erosion, and is gradually greening formerly barren hillsides. Since we started the programme pasture density has increased by 82 per cent.
The multi-faceted programme also works with savings groups of men and women, to improve their ability to provide food and earn income from products such as wheat, potatoes, vegetables, sewing and handicrafts. Community-based schools are supported to provide children in remote rural areas access to education, so far 23 schools have been formed.
We appreciate support from the New Zealand Aid Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in helping fund this project from 2012-2014.