Beneficiaries in Muqur line up to receive their kits.
USAID’s Local Governance and Community Development (LGCD) Project provided local governors’ offices in western Afghanistan with 2,000 winterization kits consisting of food, cooking oil, and blankets. Kits were distributed to 850 beneficiaries in Muqur District and to another 850, in Qadis District of Badghis Province, as well as 150 beneficiaries in Guzara District and 150 in Injil District of Hirat Province. These areas have seen a high level of military operations following the release from anti-government element (AGE) control, but low levels of development assistance. They also suffer from limited employment opportunities during the freezing winter months. One beneficiary, a widow who is supporting her son after her husband was killed by the Taliban, said, “Thanks to this material, we will have enough food to see us through the winter. My son will not have to work outside this winter in the harsh weather - instead, he can stay home and study after school.” This humanitarian assistance is a high-profile method of publicizing GIRoA’s presence and commitment to assisting vulnerable families in these communities.
USAID/Afghanistan Program Highlights: 1/15/2011-1/31/2011