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Fresh Veggies, Bright Futures

by Anna Muir

Like most mothers, Meena from Pakistan wants her children to be healthy, to go to school and pursue their dreams. These are opportunities Meena never had. “My family couldn’t afford to send me to school, and I was married at a young age,” she shares. “My dream to become a teacher was left in vain. […]

A Mother’s Perseverance Changes Attitudes Towards Girls Education

by Anna Muir

Zarmina felt frustrated by the deeply-held belief in her community that there is little need to educate women and girls. “Our community firmly believes that girls were born to stay within their home,” she explains. In Afghanistan, economic constraints and long distances to schools are just a few of the other factors keeping girls at […]

Making Hope a Reality in Afghanistan

by Anna Muir

Before the sun rises each day, Fahima is out tending and watering her small plot of land. She works hard to grow the wheat and corn that she will sell in order to provide for her family. Unfortunately, her earnings are rarely enough. No matter how hard she works, Fahima sometimes struggles to meet the […]

Kitchen Gardens Help Dreams Come True in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

Fozia cares deeply for her family. She prays that some day, her four young children will attend school, learn new skills and build bright and hopeful futures. But without a reliable source of income, Fozia’s family remained trapped in poverty. Fozia’s hope for her children was fragile. In a village in Badin, Pakistan Fozia’s husband […]

Quality Education Builds Girls’ Confidence

by Anna Muir

“Honestly, neither the students nor I were actually enjoying the lessons,” confesses Inayatullah, a third grade teacher at Zangue Girls School in Nangarhar, Afghanistan. Each day at school, Inayatullah gave his lesson by lecturing or reading aloud. It wouldn’t be long before his students began to fidget and lose interest. As the school year progressed, […]

Learning, Sharing and Rising Above Hunger in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

In Badin, Pakistan, where recent weather events have devastated crops, washed away seed stores and eroded healthy soil, many small-scale farmers and their families remain trapped in cycles of hunger and poverty. When it comes to ending hunger in vulnerable communities, education and training is vital. Knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices can help farmers build […]

Digging Up Irrigation Solutions in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

In rural Pakistan, one simple tool is helping poor families grow more vegetables at home. It isn’t a shovel, hoe, or compost bin—it’s an old clay pot. Scratched, broken, forgotten vessels are vital to a gardening method introduced in a PWS&D-supported agricultural project in Pakistan that is improving food security for 650 drought and flood-affected […]

Teacher Training Delivers Shining Results in Afghanistan

by Anna Muir

Many of us will have one or two schoolteachers who are especially memorable—whose guidance and dedication inspired us to find our passions and become the people we are today. For the Grade 3 class at a girls school in Nangarhar, Afghanistan, that teacher was Heena. Heena is warm, engaging and personable—but this wasn’t always the […]

Kitchen Gardens: A Source of Joy and Pride in Pakistan

by Anna Muir

Carrying bowls brimming with freshly harvested carrots, bright green spinach, radishes and tomatoes, it’s hard to believe Mirzadi owns no farmland and had no previous experience growing her own food. Mirzadi lives in Badin, Pakistan with her ailing husband and two of her sons. The local economy relies heavily on agriculture, but farmers in the […]

Clean Schools Build Brighter Futures in Afghanistan

by Anna Muir

For the vast majority of schools in Canada, chairs, desks and a place to go to the bathroom are things we take for granted. It’s a different story in a number of vulnerable Afghanistan communities. Among the many obstacles preventing children, especially girls, from getting an education is poor school infrastructure—inadequate classrooms and a lack […]