How one man makes a difference in Afghanistan

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghouse Loynab, human terrain analyst with Human Terrain Team, TF Red Bulls, takes notes as he talks to a villager about governance and development issues Feb. (click for more)

Guardians of Peace produces results in Paktya

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Koerperich of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, squad leader for 2nd Platoon, Company C., 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment, patrols with ANA soldiers (click for more)

Working together to put Afghan heroes back together again

PAKTYA, Afghanistan – Gheiratullah, an Afghan medical soldier, practices self aid and buddy care at the Paktya Regional Medical Center Feb. 13. (click for more)

Bidder’s conference places Afghans in control

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Spc. Crystal Sims (right), from Duncan, Okla., a project manager for the 2-45th Agribusiness Development Team, assists an Afghan with registering at the bidder’s (click for more)

Panjshir women strengthen communication skills

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ashlee Lolkus, TF Red Bulls, shows Rohubza Dousti, a trainer and supervisor at the United Nations Habitat and a Panjshir youth group (click for more)

Ghazni PRT assesses village, builds relationships

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Ghazni PRT members walk among the locals engaging in conversation during a village assessment in Touheed Abad in Ghazni Province Feb. 6. (click for more)

Iowa ADT inks deal for orchard training farm

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Haji Hazrat Ali Gull, a fruit producer, explains improvements he already made to a proposed orchard training farm site he owns to U.S. Army Master Sgt. (click for more)

Co. A makes successful return to Shebatkyl

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of Kiowa helicopters provide overhead security for U.S. Army Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, and Afghan National Army Soldiers from (click for more)

Delegation conducts market outreach mission in Zormat

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Mohammad Masood, Paktya Agricultural Department advisor, and U.S. Army Col. Robert Roshell, 2-45 Agribusiness Development Team commander from Lawton, Okla., examine spices during a mission to (click for more)

Kunar PRT medics help healing at Asadabad Hospital

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Lynn Redman of San Antonio, Kunar Provincial Reconstruction Team nurse practitioner, examines a female Afghan patient with Afghan Dr. Ismat Shinwary, Asadabad (click for more)

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PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Paktika Female Engagement Team members help Hala Hushawa, Paktika Director of Women’s Affairs, unfold a tarp at a humanitarian event in Paktika Feb. 10. The FET, including service members from Forward Operating Bases Sharana and Rushmore, provided security while Hushawa passed out clothing and toiletries for Afghan women and children. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ashley N. Avecilla, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Handing out warm clothing to needy Afghan women and children, Hala Hushawa, Paktika Director of Women's Affairs, takes charge of the Feb. 10 humanitarian event with a cautious optimism.



“New to Paktika, she is a refreshing presence, determined to reach out to the hearts and speak to the minds of the people so they may embrace change,” said U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Tamora Holland, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team physician assistant from Pittsburgh.

Although Hushawa is new to this position, Hushawa works closely with male government officials to build a better life for the Afghan women of Paktika. Her first major project is teaching girls the Quran and how to read and write.

“In my mind, we’ll get the girls involved from 10 years up to 25 years old,” said Hushawa, “This is the idea I have. I want to speak with the governor and ministry about getting more resources.”

Paktika Gov. Moheebullah Samim gave Hushawa additional funds for another women’s affairs representative. Also, Samim provided Hushawa support and encouragement during the humanitarian assistances event held Feb. 10 at Forward Operating Base Rushmore. Samim provided lunch and sent additional hands to help Hushawa.

Voice of Pashto and The National Voice of Paktika radio advertised the event a week prior and encouraged women to come receive needed winter clothing and toiletries. Hushawa permitted men to receive items for the women and children of their households.

“Anyone needy is welcome to come,” said Hushawa.

Prior to the event, Hushawa received and organized the donations herself. The Paktika PRT and Paktika Female Engagement Team provided security and support to ensure the event was safe and successful.

“Any plan I have out of this area, I want to go and do it myself to make sure it is done right,” said Hushawa.

The humanitarian assistance event is a great example of Hushawa’s capabilities and just a sneak peak to what is about to come.

“In her eyes, today's event brought a real face of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the men, women and children affected by the shortcomings of the economic system,” said Holland. “She wants the people to know their government is working hard to improve overall conditions and that GIRoA cares about their needs.” PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – An Afghan boy collects clothing and toiletries during a humanitarian event here Feb. 10. The Paktika Director of Women’s Affairs organized and distributed warm clothing and toiletries for Afghan women and children. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ashley N. Avecilla, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Maryam, Provincial Reconstruction Team linguist, gives an Afghan woman warm clothing and a large blanket during a humanitarian event here Feb. 10. The Paktika Director of Women’s Affairs organized and distributed warm clothing and toiletries for Afghan women and children. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ashley N. Avecilla, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Hala Hushawa, Paktika Director of Women’s Affairs, gives an Afghan girl a jacket Feb. 10. The Paktika DoWA organized and distributed warm clothing and toiletries for Afghan women and children. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ashley N. Avecilla, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)

 

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