Organization(s): FHI 360, MEDA
Institution(s): United States Agency for International Development
Date Published: January 1, 2012
Although there have been some economic gains in recent years, most Afghans continue to struggle financially, and an estimated 90 percent of Afghan families rely on informal employment to support themselves. Young people from poor families are generally unable to afford costs associated with formal schooling, which places them at a disadvantage when seeking to enter the workforce. In response, the Afghanistan Secure Futures (ASF) project has engaged youth apprentices and informal sector small enterprises, in order to improve economic opportunities for vulnerable children and youth apprenticed in small workshops in the construction trade. The activity was implemented by MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) under the STRIVE program managed by FHI 360, with funding from USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF).
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