Improving Education Possibilities in Kunar

A new school will be built in the Khas Kunar district of Kunar (an eastern province in Afghanistan), which is great news for all those Afghans trying to improve their quality of life.  Hamed Wardak, for example, is always seeking to help the people of Afghanistan and news like this is definitely a step in the right direction.  Wardak founded the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP) with just this kind of work in mind.

The opening ceremony of the school was attended by the province’s governor Fazlullah Wahidi, community leaders, education officials, students and teachers.  It took six months for the building to be constructed at a cost of $264,000.  The building will house ten classrooms (with 160 2-person tables and chairs), four administrative rooms, and five bathrooms as well as a surrounding well.

Projects Developing in Laghman

New projects are to be developed in the Laghman province with a capital injection of $1.7 million.  This will surely create job opportunities for those living in the area, which is always a source of delight for those active in Afghan improvements, such as Hamed Wardak, founder of the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP).  One of the main goals of the CUSAP is to “achieve sustainable security and prosperity in Afghanistan.”  The scope of this latest project in Laghman includes building bridges (to improve transportation and facilitate security measures throughout the land) as well as canals.

The projects are being financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Bank, and the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT).  The other main aim of the CUSAP is achieving a partnership between America and Afghanistan, being a “nonprofit organization of American and Afghan citizens.”

Hamed Wardak and CUSAP Efforts

Along with five other individuals working towards improving the quality of life for the people of Afghanistan, Hamed Wardak founded the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP), an organization of Afghan and American citizens set up to “achieve sustainable security and prosperity in Afghanistan.”  Efforts by other organizations on these lines, are important to all CUSAP members.  Work has been undertaken recently through USAID and the Wildlife Conservation Society to “protect and preserve the mountain environment” that supports Afghanistan’s Wakhan District.  Further, there is a WCS environmental education program for Wakhan schools that works throughout the district to “create legislative and community support for environmental practices that contribute to sustainable and appropriate economic development.”  Other action that has been taken as a result of this project was the creation of cleanliness committees in the hope of encouraging personal hygiene for students and to maintain cleanliness at the school.  Furthermore, “thanks to support from the U.S. Government, environmental awareness is rising in the Wakhan region and children are becoming positive agents for change in their own communities.”

Meeting the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership Board Members

There are three leaders who sit on the board for the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP).  Each one brings exceptional leadership qualities and a strong business background to his board commitment.  These men include Hamed Wardak, Omar Olumee, and Assad A. Mattin.

The CUSAP believes that Afghanistan can be a strong nation, but that it needs the continued support of the United States to do so.  They are a membership organization.

One of the board members, Assad A. Mattin, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan where he received an undergraduate degree in economics from Kabul University.  He completed the Economics and Political Science Program at the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. In addition, Mr. Mattin studied Business Administration at Georgetown University and strategic management at Cornell University.

Assad A. Mattin is a Senior Analyst at SOS International.

CUSAP & Their 9 Pillars

Hamed Wardak is one of the founders of the Campaign for a US-Afghanistan Partnership (CUSAP). This nonprofit organization of American and Afghan citizens works to achieve a real peace and security in Afghanistan and to promote prosperity there.

In their efforts, they are guided by nine pillars.  These pillars, in brief, include: ensuring effective U.S. assistance; focusing on regional solutions; creating a strong bilateral relationship; having a strong national army; committing to reducing the drug trade; combating corruption and creating a good government; embracing traditional Islam to counter al Qaeda; generating a sustainable economic base;  and having united leadership.