“People in Afghanistan are really hungry for learning and development,” says Cornelia Janke, a project director for the $10.6 million Literacy and Community Empowerment Program, managed by EDC in partnership with UN-Habitat. As the people of Afghanistan seek to recover from decades of civil war and repressive rule, EDC is reaching thousands of Afghans in their villages in a project to improve literacy, income generation, and local governance. The project, funded by USAID, works with locally elected councils, and employs hundreds of local Afghans.
Award-winning photojournalist Karl Grobl spent time in Afghanistan, visiting sites where EDC has been working. This three-minute presentation brings you his captivating images narrated by project director Cornelia Janke. See firsthand some of the people EDC is working with who can now read for the first time, experience a classroom, or sit in a field taking part in a Community Development Council meeting.