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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Today I am very happy. My student kissed my hands.
Once when Haleema Sangar saw her brother and friends play soccer in their school ground she ran in and kicked the ball. It went so high that her friends and other children kept clapping for a long time. Nobody had seen the ball go so high before, and for the next two weeks, everybody in the school...
Without education, people don’t develop. Neither does the country they live in.
Sarajuddin has been a teacher for 30 years and it is still his dream job: “If people remain uneducated and uninformed, they can’t fulfil their dreams and visions. Without education, people don’t develop. Neither does the country they live in. That’s why, even as a young man, I wanted to become a...
Electricity paves the way for development. Life is difficult without electricity.
The sky is blue and the sun is shining on the desert that is located close to the city Khulm in northern Afghanistan’s Balkh province. New shapes of power supply lines, transformers and masts start appearing. A modern electrical substation takes form. The station converts the high voltage of 220...
So, after this training when we go to mines for inspection, we will take the issue of health seriously and will insist on its implementation.
For Abdul Sami Skindaray, a visit to the Hema coal mine in the Turkish port town of Amasra was a life-changing experience. As a mine inspector in Afghanistan, Skindaray has visited tens of mines across his homeland. But Amasra on the Black Sea coast was nothing like any mining places he had seen in...
The storage tanks hold 12,000 litres – enough to supply the entire village for a day.
Around 400 families live in the village of Bahrami in Balkh Province. In this rural region, local people’s livelihoods are based around agriculture and livestock, mainly sheep, donkeys and goats. Until late 2012, drinking water came exclusively from the muddy river which wends its sluggish way past...
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...
It's much more interesting to work on real cases, meet the people behind it and to be a part of the legal process.
After four years of studying, Sumaia and Lida have gained profound knowledge of Afghanistan’s legal foundations. Since she was a young girl, Sumaia has wanted to become a lawyer: “In ninth grade, I was already aware of the miserable situation of women in my country. One of my distant relatives was...
Before we had to help with births, administer medication and provide the newborn by the light of flashlights. Now we can treat women on an entirely different level.
Water gushes down the mountainside through thick pipes and through the turbines of the small-scale hydropower plants in Farghambol and Nalan, two villages in northern Afghanistan.
Fresh, locally made produce helps the region's economic growth.
When the German Government began promoting the regional dairy in Balkh in 2009, the objective was to produce high quality milk, cream, cheese, butter, buttermilk, yoghurt and quark at affordable prices. In cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, hygiene was...
Now, I know how my students can process content in a short time.
Classic lecturing, working through books, studying by heart – the professors Mokamel and Zaki built their lessons at the Teacher Training Centre in the provinces Samangan and Takhar on these teaching methods.