LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Capt. Jason Merchant, the company commander of Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman from Dysart, Iowa, hands out cards Dec. (click for more)
KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Lauren Hyman of Texarkana, Texas, armored vehicle driver for the 64th Military Police Company based at Combat Oupost Fortress, says hello to an (click for more)
LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Gingrich, an infantry officer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, with Task Force Ironman, draws a smile from an Afghan boy as Gingrich (click for more)
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Brian Stowe, a human resources specialist from Elkmont, Ala., with Task Force Knighthawk, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, sings a ballad he wrote and (click for more)
PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Servicemembers defend the wall after an improvised explosive device detonates on Forward Operating Base Lightning Dec. 5. (click for more)
KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Afghan and French military chiefs conduct a briefing before deployment during a security operation. Afghan National Security Forces and French Task Force Richelieu conducted Operation Montevideo (click for more)
PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, Doty, Wash., Panjshir PRT engineer, and PRT local Afghan engineer Abid Wardak check the structural integrity of the retaining (click for more)
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan family looks at their new family member after she was delivered by the Polish Army medical team at Forward Operating Base Warrior Jan. 3. (click for more)
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, maneuver through Sabari District during patrols to disrupt insurgent activity in the (click for more)
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Sgt. Shawn Fouste, Decatur, Ill., noncommissioned officer in charge of the Freedom Restoration Center with the 455th Expeditionary Wing, Task Force Med, plays with (click for more)
The graduation marked a successful completion of a course set up to teach women how to properly raise chickens as an additional source of income for their families.
Twenty-five women attended the five-day course coordinated by the DOWA, the Agency for Building a New Afghanistan and the Kentucky Agribusiness Development Team.
“These women are very poor and they came here for help,” said Saleha Zareen, the Parwan deputy director of women’s affairs.
Each woman graduating from the class received nine hens, a rooster, chicken wire, 80 kilograms of feed, a waterier and two vaccinations for each chicken. These supplies should provide the women with enough resources to grow their stock to produce eggs and eventually raise more chickens to sell.
“This is a big deal for the women and they are very appreciative of what they are doing,” said Zareen. “They come from their homes for the training. They are farmers and they are very happy and very excited. They have 10 birds now but I would like them all to have 100 birds.”
“This was a great event and we were very happy to be a part of it,” said U.S. Army Maj. Bobbie Mayes, women’s empowerment coordinator, Kentucky ADT, and a Lawrenceburg, Ky., resident. “These are truly amazing women and I know they will do a great job taking care of their chickens.”
The event was attended by people of the community, local media and Samya Azizi Sadat, a representative of parliament.
The Kentucky ADT and DOWA are planning similar training events in the future.
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