USAID, one of my biggest clients, Education Development Center (EDC) has been implementing education programs in Afghanistan. In 2005 I had the opportunity to document those projects.
If I've learned one thing while traveling all over the world and shooting for countless NGO's it's that education can make a country more self sufficient and secure. An educated populous is probably less vulnerable to exploitation by some charismatic, but tyrannical leader or political party. Education is, as the say; power.
EDC's Literacy and Community Empowerment Program (LCEP) is a groundbreaking community development project that connects rural villages throughout Afghanistan with an integrated package of literacy, governance and economic empowerment opportunities. LCEP is the first step in a larger, more ambitious long-term initiative to create sustainable literacy and community development opportunities for Afghanistan's rural population. Click here to see a slide show and learn more about what EDC is accomplishing.
We hear a lot of bad news from Afghanistan, so I thought I would point out something positive. And, oh, by the way; if you were wondering about the photo of the bridge (below) in my previous post...that's another EDC project. I guess you could say that EDC is building bridges, both literally and figuratively.